Patrick Ladonis is a producer, writer and actor who has been creating and holding space in the film industry since 1996. He is a triple hyphenated threat in the industry. He was cast in the movie "A Time to Kill" along with Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey. Patrick has continued his journey in the industry and received multiple awards for his work.
In 2017, Patrick decided to create a digital series loosely based on some of his relationships as well as some of his college friends to create the dramedy SCALES. Patrick plays the main character Remy Howard. The SCALES series follows Remy Howard, a man who is interested in complicated people and relationships. Set in Atlanta, SCALES focuses on the challenges of finding and keeping love even when it's not good for them.
The recent Covid-19 lockdown didn't stop Patrick and I need to speak to him about how he continued his career.
Hello Patrick, thank you for your time! How did you first get into the film industry?
My first introduction to the film industry was in 1995 when the late Joel Schumacher spotted me on the DMV series and asked if I wanted to act in a film. The film was A Time To Kill, starring Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, and Samuel L. Jackson. Experience put me up against the very best of filmmaking 101.
Your Scales web series was a huge success for you. Can you tell me something about how the project came about?
It took a misfortune of events to inspire me to recreate. In August 2017, there was a terrorist attack while on vacation in Barcelona. It was a scary experience and my best friend mentioned that I had to jump back into the creative things I loved. While I was in my hotel room that night, I started stabbing the pilot and SCALES was born.
The times for the film industry are uncertain right now, but that hasn't stopped you. How did you adapt to the “new normal”?
As a creative and visual storyteller, I view this pandemic as a global break. It's almost like a science fiction movie with an unknown ending. I use the extra time inside to write more stories and think about how I really want to benefit from this experience. Creative people are like the phoenix, we emerge from events with tons of new ideas and content. I plan to finalize my catalog with new stories.
What is your advice to filmmakers looking to get something done during the pandemic?
Be authentic in finding your voice and take the time to groom yourself. Understand that this is only one chapter in the Book of Life, and know that turning the next page will be more creative than you could have imagined.
How important is it for you to see an industry that celebrates voices from different backgrounds?
It is very important. SCALES represents the beauty of inclusion as well as the representation for communities of people who are sometimes marginalized. We need to celebrate our culture and the beauty of love and real relationships. That is why it is so important that these voices can be seen in our art, our cinema and our stories.
What would mean that those already established in the industry can create a more inclusive media world?
For the established ones, I'd encourage them to see more of the indie creatives by watching web series, and encourage the studios to invest in indies that may not be viral but have amazing stories for the world. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime stream with the big stars, but if they highlighted smaller projects with strangers, the possibilities that would arise from it would be limitless. I am available and ready!