Patrick Timmins, screenwriter and movie maker

Thank you for joining us, Patrick! Tell us about all that you do for work.

I work at Sound Shredding and Recycling to pay the bills, but the work I love is screenwriting and making movies. I am the writer/director/producer of Tin Can Odyssey which will soon have twenty four episodes out. I’m also producer for a cable access show of shows called The Hidden Hamster.

How long have you been a screenwriter and movie maker?

I rewrote Julius Caesar in tenth grade, so close to forty years.

What’s a unique word or phrase that describes how you work?

I finish what I start.

Tell us about your desktop computer.

I have a Dell XPS 8700, with 16 GB Ram and 2 terabytes of memory, plus another terabyte plugged into it, and an intel i-7-4770 cpu. Video editing requires a beast…or at least it was a beast last year.

What software applications do you use to get your work done and why?

For video editing I use Cyberlink Powerdirector. I’m using version 13, but 14 is out. It’s won best editing suite in PC Magazine for the last handful of years and supposedly renders quicker than anything else, which is a bonus when dealing with 4K footage.

What mobile phone and/or tablet do you own?

A Samsung android 4 maybe? I know I’m a couple behind.

What apps on your phone can’t you live without?

The usual social media things which are great for organizing movie call schedules, and YouTube so I can show our work to people.

Pop quiz: Describe your dream workspace and technology. No budget limitations. Sky is the limit!

My camera shoots 4K, but I don’t have a 4K monitor. So a great big 4K monitor is where I’d start.

Where is your favorite place to get work done in Whatcom County?

My office in my house, and our art studio behind our house where we shot Tin Can Odyssey.

What are some struggles you currently face with your technology?

Camera technology is advancing at light speed, as well as field monitors and other gear. It’s a black hole for money and time to learn that part, when I’d rather be focusing on the story to tell.

What is your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Since Tin Can Odyssey is campy, we can fudge things a little and it still comes off. That would probably drive the production value techno nerds crazy.

Besides your phone and computer, what else (analog or digital) can’t you live without?

A sense of humor. Life is tough, keep laughing.

What are you the best in the world at? Something that no one can take your crown away from you?

My wickedly weird and funny sense of humor…again. Helps with storytelling.

What artists do you listen to while working, and what music source do you use?

The latest Radiohead, and I’ve had a subscription to EMusic for a number of years.

What books or magazines are you currently reading?

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s autobiography, and John Cleese’s…which was surprisingly boring.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Is it on the page? Writers write stories, and often assume that what they meant will come through, but more often than not, what they thought they meant has not been clearly expressed in the writing. This is especially true in dialogue between characters.

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Ryan Paul

Thanks for such an entertaining interview, Patrick!

Check out Tin Can Odyssey on the internet, and you can find Patrick on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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