Jimi Patterson’s Path

Jimi Patterson, born on the 15th of February 1986, is a freelance objectivist filmmaker focusing on vignetting, writing, directing, editing and on being a videographer and cinematographer. He went to Brooks Institute of Photography, now known as Brooks Institute, that was originally located in Santa Barbara, California, USA.


Jimi Patterson was on Kickstarter in February 2011. He sought funds that later brought his project to life. His project was called Moder and His One Iota, which talks about a severe economic down turn in a not too distant future. It tells a story of how much faith people put in the government to solve their problems. The short film, back then, hoped to prompt a debate on the real role of the government in the society. It is a film wherein claymation, stop motion, 2D and rotoscope animation (a style developed by Ralph Bakshi and Richard Linklater) were employed. Moder and His One Iota depicts drama, comedy, and poignancy. On the 1st of April in the same year, Patterson’s project garnered a total of 58 backers and a fund of $3,803 USD, an amount so much more than he needed and expected.

We teamed up with a dedicated, visionary artist, Jimi Patterson, to make a video that captured both the spirit of our band and the thematic nature of Mountaintops. Our new record centers itself on the old zen saying, “Aim for Cold Mountain.” We love the idea that in every aspect of life, there is always going to be another peak in the distance. Jimi immediately thought rotoscoping would capture this ascent in a stunning way. It’s magical and slightly haunting — an arduous and continual climb. He spent more than 600 hours of time animating every frame and painted each scene with intense attention to detail. We feel the overall result captures where we’re at in our lives and serves as one giant metaphor. Visually, it depicts the song “Palomino,” which is a reflection on childhood and life’s inevitable progression. It’s about getting to a place of inner peace without losing the ability to take risks. Ultimately, it’s about leaving the past and reaching new ground.” –Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, Mates of State


According to Jimi Patterson, they first filmed it live. Then later, he digitally painted the 3,240 frames using Wacom’s Cintiq pen tablet. The video is full of aesthetic elements; there are over 300 brush strokes applied in every frame with no two frames alike, making it distinct and non-replicable. Jimi Patterson takes pride in the success of their challenging video albeit time constraints met in the making of such piece. As Patterson describes it, the entire task was stressful, demanding, but also absolutely “addictive.”

Jimi is also an avid landscaping enthusiast. He designs and photographs landscaping as a release from his more cerebral activities. In fact he has a friend that owns some landscaping  companies in which he helps out from time to time.


A multitude of people looks up to Jimi Patterson, not only because of his art but as well as his influence on this particular industry. Whether they are film enthusiasts or mere supporters, they undoubtedly love him being a promising artist who is currently making his way to stardom. Jimi Patterson is brimming with genius in his crafts. Through films and photographs, he is able to convey the depth and spirit of arts.