MB: Tell us about your background and how did you become interested in filmmaking?
Patrick: I’ve been making films since I was a kid. I always knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. My earliest memory of seeing a film and thinking “I want to make something like that” was when I saw Alien. It absolutely terrified me which left an indelible mark on my life.
MB: Do you know how the the idea for “Ayuda” formed?
Patrick: It’s always hard to say exactly how an idea formed. I think the main genesis of the idea originated from the inherent tension found by getting into a car with a stranger. Leo and Tomas know nothing of the man who hired them or his intentions which I thought was an interesting canvas to tell a story.
MB: And you created the build up of tension very well. Are you drawn to the genre of horror?
Patrick: I love horror but never viewed this film as a horror film. To me, it is a suspense / thriller with a hidden horror element. Everything in this movie had to feel grounded, even after the twist.
MB: Have any specific filmmakers or films inspired or influenced your work?
Patrick: I think the classic Dracula film with Bella Lugosi certainly played an influence. The other film I kept thinking of while making this was Miller’s Crossing and those great suspense scenes in the woods.
MB: Those are great movies. Do you have any other projects upcoming or that you are currently working on?
Patrick: Yes. I’m writing a feature adaptation of Ayuda. It’s been very rewarding expanding this world and the characters. I think it’s going to make an incredible film if it ever gets made. I also have two more shorts that I completed and a short script that I’m starting on. I usually have 3-4 projects I’m working on which is good because I like to keep busy.
MB: Sounds great Patrick, we look forward to seeing them!