One to Watch

As dean of FSU’s Film School, Frank Patterson has been directing its success for the past four yearsFrank PattersonDirecting a Film School

By Robert Zerbe  

Frank Patterson wears many hats – professor, writer, director and dean of Florida State University’s heralded and highly competitive College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts (better known as the Film School).

He was a faculty member when the school moved from Sarasota to Tallahassee in 1995. After relocating, Patterson remained for a few years to teach classes but then departed to begin pre-production on a film project. He returned in 2003 to serve in his current position. A film Patterson wrote and produced, “Broke Sky,” is scheduled to be screened this year at the SXSW (South by Southwest) film festival in Austin, Texas.

Under Patterson’s leadership, the FSU Film School has become one of the most highly ranked in the United States. Film School students have won more than 700 awards, prizes and featured screenings at national and international festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Coca-Cola Collegiate Competition and the Pioneer Electronics Collegiate Competition.

“I love the Film School because it’s about filmmaking,” Patterson said. “As a filmmaker who loves to work in filmmaking and with filmmakers, I feel right at home.”

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