Mike Patterson is an experimental film artist and a commercial film director specializing in TV spots and music videos. After graduate studies with Jules Engel at CalArts, Mike was brought to the attention of record executives with his Student Academy Award winning animated short ‘Commuter‘. Employing his unmistakable drawing style, he began his career in music videos in 1985 by animating the epic MTV hit ‘Take On Me’ for A-Ha. He teamed up with his wife Candace Reckinger to direct a string of MTV hits that include, Suzanne Vega’s ‘Luka‘, Sting’s ‘Be Still My Beating Heart‘, Donald Fagen’s ‘Tomorrow’s Girls‘, and Paula Abdul’s ‘Opposites Attract‘, which won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 1990, plus videos for seminal Los Angeles punk band, X. Their videos have received MTV, Billboard, MVPA, and American Music Awards, and continue to appear on classic top 100 music video lists.
After nearly a decade in music, Mike shifted his focus to commercials, combining his animation expertise with live action storytelling. From 1993-2002 he directed at Rhythm and Hues Studios working extensively with 2D compositing and 3D animation. As part of a hands-on style, he works as his own storyboard artist, designer, and on-set effects supervisor. He’s directed award-winning spots for Nestle, NBC, FOX, General Mills, and Yoplait, as well as receiving Clios for Intel and Reebok.
In the fall of 2006, Mike’s film ‘Commuter‘ was added into MoMA’s permanent collection along with a number of Patterson/Reckinger music videos. Mike received his BFA from University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana in 1980, and attended the MFA program in experimental animation at CalArts in 1981/84. He remains active as a commercial director and is currently working on an animated short film.
A film artist and director, Candace Reckinger has worked in both the commercial and independent realms blending live action with experimental techniques to produce short films, music videos and commercials. She received her MFA from UCLA and was mentored by pioneer independent director Shirley Clarke. While there, Candace documented legendary punk musician Patti Smith and LA bands “X”, the Screamers, and the Go-Go’s. She has a BFA in painting and animation from the School of Art & Design at University of Illinois Chicago and a second major in anthropology.
Candace won acclaim for her experimental narratives ‘Occupied Territory’ and ‘Clues to Her Whereabouts’ which screened at festivals and showcases throughout Europe and the USA including Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Melbourne, Lille, Epernay, The Kitchen, the Art Institute of Chicago, Film In the Cities, the Walker Art Center and CalArts. Working with Michael Patterson as a directing & animation team for over 10 years, she directed music videos and commercials combining animation and graphics with live action. Their work netted seven number one clips on MTV as well as top accolades by Rolling Stone, Billboard, MVPA, and the American Music Awards. Her awards include a Grammy for Best Music Video for Paula Abdul’s ‘Opposites Attract’, an MTV ‘Moon Man’ for best Female Video for Susanne Vega’s ‘Luka’, and Women in Film’s Lillian Gish Award for Sting’s ‘Be Still My Beating Heart’. At O Pictures and Rhythm and Hues Studios, Candace co-directed commercials winning a Clio award and a Silver Hugo/Chicago Film Festival. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art (NY) added six Patterson & Reckinger music videos to their permanent collection.
Candace has taught animation and film production at several universities and currently teaches in the graduate animation program at USC. She is working on an extended project ‘(in search of) Paradise’ and is filming in the Eastern Sierras and Mojave Desert.