Q&A with CAC alumnus and videographer, Patrick Cone.
First, tell us a little bit about you and your family.
I was a CAC lifer – PV kindergarten through graduation in 2000. I attended Harding, where I met my wife, Lauren, then attended Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. We live in Dallas with our 7-year-old son, Eliot.
You are a professional filmmaker, videographer and storyteller. What was the journey like from college to where you are now - the owner of C1 Entertainment?
I did not even decide to pursue film until my junior year at Harding, so I was definitely behind the curve. I got an internship at a production company in Los Angeles the summer before my senior year and absolutely loved it. I came home, enrolled at Full Sail for a film degree and spent an incredible year there. When I graduated, we moved to LA, where I bounced around from job to job, as is the custom while you’re paying your dues.
All the while, I began to develop this vision to tell the stories of missionaries. At Harding, the travel bug bit me hard and I began to have a real fascination for the work missionaries were doing around the world. Christian media was really subpar at the time and I thought I could take what I had seen in surf documentaries, of all things, and use that cinematic style to paint a picture of the rich stories of missionaries.
Long story short, I made a couple such films, one film led to another and here I am 11 years later, producing mostly promo films for non-profit organizations. I have been very blessed.