Who knew one would find out so much about ones’ self at my age!
Hello, I am a neurodiverse (ADHD) creative who has been involved in a career in communications and entertainment since the age of five.
I have only recently been diagnosed with ADHD and I can not tell you how much peace this has given me.
I was orphaned by my adoptive parent’s death when I was 15 and have lived on my own since I was 16. My life has always been about being the best version of myself and staying curious.
In the last 5 years, I have found my birth mother and my birth father’s family. How interesting it has been to find out one’s roots and finally have some understanding of where you come from.
I trained as a writer but have spent most of my life in the film industry. Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, VFX Producer, Script Supervisor.
Being ADHD makes so much sense now!
As I continue to explore my relationship with storytelling – I have been writing a semi-autobiographical novella. I see myself as a member of the ‘Lost Generation of Female Storytellers’ in the Film Industry – where there were no opportunities once one moved past making short films … I have always continued creating no matter the format as that is what I must do. Writing is what is available to me now.
I believe in the insistence of wonder as the sieve for meaning.
Patti (Lyons-Gooderham) Henderson is an innovative Director hosting a steady career in communications and entertainment. Patti's journey has included extensive research into her own genealogy; encouraging her curiosity and passion in finding story and motivation of character.
She started in the world of journalism which took her to multiple countries in a variety of positions, eventually writing, assistant editing and field producing for MUCHMUSIC and MOVIETV. As a fiction Writer, her first feature script BENEATH THE SURFACE, won top prize from Praxis Screenwriters/I.A.T.S.E. script competition.
With a thirst for learning the science of Film and TV making, she has worked for a multitude of productions in the capacity of Script Supervisor including RV, EIGHT BELOW, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, FRINGE, LOST IN SPACE, XFILES to name a few and as an Editor for shorts, TV series and Features. Her growth in the industry continues with the addition of working in VFX, on and off set.
Patti has been a maverick in filmmaking. With the support of Sony Canada, National Film Board of Canada and BC Film, she spearheaded and directed UP THE WALL that was the first new technology (digital video-35mm) project to be shot in Canada in 1997, that included title on picture, VFX and finished in three formats. She has Directed and Co-Produced branding videos, sizzle reels for factual/lifestyle programs, corporates and fundraising videos, as well as 11 projects for the VFS Portfolio Shorts Program. Her work has played at national and international festivals, and aired on various North American Networks. For CBC, she Directed and Edited SALMON ENCHANTED EVENING which, after being selected from over 350 scripts, was produced and nominated for seven LEO FILM AWARDS winning best editor and best sound design.
Patti is an Alumnae of WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR (WIDC), which chooses 8 women from across Canada to participate in the program at The Banff Centre each year.
Her focus has, and always will be, storytelling. Her unique upbringing, combined with years of experience in the entertainment industry has helped to shape her into a vibrant Director with the ability, through passion, knowledge and experience, to elevate a wide range of scripts. Her latest work is writing a YA Novella series, with an eye on developing it into a TV series.
She lives and works in the UK and Canada.
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