Talking with Patrick definitely gave me an impressive sense of ambition. Not only does he have an incredible amount of creativity, as seen through his filmmaking, he’s also started his own app, Orthly, for delivering cheaper invisible aligners. Read about his path through to university and his various achievements!
Hi Patrick! To start off, what was your inspiration to get into filmmaking?
A burning desire to tell stories, an obsession with imagery, and a higher calling to create something tangible for the world to feel/see/sense.
What's one thing that you believe is a unique component of each of your film projects?
I would be fooling myself if I believed in the premise of the question. I think every component of films is borrowed in some fashion from previous works of art.
That's an interesting take. What's one of your favourite short films that you've either seen or produced (and why)?
Although not a short film, Ida stands as among my favourite films. Its pacing, character development, and composition are striking.
With all that filmmaking and extra-curricular in high school, I'm sure you were really busy. How did you balance everything, especially your excellent academics?
It helped that I was selective in my pursuits and didn’t feel pressured to pad my resume with trivial ECs.
You must have done something (or many things) right along the way! What was your experience like when it came to getting accepted into and attending Duke University - in terms of the SAT, the application process and opportunities there?
I think the SAT came naturally once I took a few practice tests. I wrote Math II and Biology. [The application process was] really hyped. Upon arriving at Duke, I was showered with opportunities handpicked by the admissions office. The highlight of my experience was when I was able to sit down and chat with Wes Anderson’s DP Robert Yeoman ’73.
Let's talk about Orthly, your startup app for delivering cheaper invisible aligners. What inspired you to come up with the idea?
After being quoted $7400 CAD for Invisalign, I felt compelled to create a more accessible alternative for the millions of people around the world who can’t afford a better smile.
So you've worked on this with your partner Daniel - what would you say are the benefits and challenges of operating Orthly in a team?
By focusing on our strengths and executing consistently, we make a powerful team. Internal conflicts were minimal once we trusted each other like brothers.
What's an obstacle you faced with founding or running Orthly? How did you overcome that?
The scepticism from friends and family that comes with founding a tech company at eighteen-years-old. After I attained financing from investors, some of their doubt dissipated.
You've certainly achieved a lot of amazing things. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment throughout your career?
It would be premature for me to consider one.
What are some of your other interests and passions, besides film and entrepreneurship?
I like to converse with insanely great people.
Do you have a role model in film or business?
Robert Goddard, Howard Hughes, and Napoleon Bonaparte are among my greats.
Could you give some advice to young people, whether they're up-and-coming filmmakers or just looking for inspiration?
Without sounding didactic, my advice is to do the opposite: Don’t seek inspiration. Just get the job done – no matter what.
Sound advice! Finally, where do you see yourself going in 10 or 15 years' time - how do you think your film production or Orthly will have changed?
I will either be dead or have changed the world.