Patrick Sullivan grew up in Pennsylvania, in a suburb of Philadelphia. He studied at Temple University, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1992.
At 26, he put his career in architecture behind him, yielding to his unwavering desire to pursue a future in film. California was a world away, nevertheless, he dropped his pencil, packed his car and headed west.
Now a twenty-three year veteran of the film industry, he has earned credit on feature film projects with a wide range of scope and genres, serving as Set Designer through to Supervising Art Director and now Production Designer. These projects have taken him to a dozen US states as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.
His creative contributions have led to three Academy Award nominations, including Men in Black. His art direction of the Japanese village helped Memoirs of a Geisha earn an Oscar win for Best Art Direction. Also as art director, he won an Emmy for HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, his sole venture into television. He has four Art Directors Guild nominations and two wins.
Patrick has worked with a number of celebrated and respected directors including, Steven Soderberg, Steven Spielberg, Gore Verbinski and David Fincher. He was a frequent collaborator with Clint Eastwood on projects that include J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and the Best Art Direction Oscar-nominated Changeling.
His production design work includes the thriller Keep Watching for Screen Gems and the recently released NETFLIX horror film Gerald’s Game, based upon the novel by Stephen King and directed by Mike Flanagan.
He recently returned from Hong Kong, where he lived with his family for almost two years. His experience there took him to almost a dozen Asian territories and counties as well as Australia. While in Hong Kong, he traveled to Cambodia, where he served as second unit art director on the Angelina Jolie-directed feature, First They Killed My Father.
He has a pair of completed projects that have yet to be released-the upcoming feature films The Tomorrow Man, starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner and BrightBurn, produced by James Gunn.
In his free time, he enjoys photography, sketching and recreational flying. He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles.