Archive for the ‘About Me’ Category


Matt’s Making a Movie

April 26, 2010

Welcome to my filmmaking blog.  This is where I keep people updated as to what’s going on with my various short films.  You can find information about the creation of Asleep with the Angels, Awake, and now, Interrogation.

If you’d like to see the final products, check out my website,


Who Knew?

August 17, 2009

I was perusing TV Tropes today, and I stumbled across Chandler’s Law:

“When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.”

Granted, the two out of three times I invoke this trope, it’s a woman, but still.  It’s amazing how these ideas seep into your brain, without you even knowing.

Also, the Chandler’s Law page features this awesome picture:


I like how he has the machine gun, just in case the pistol isnt enough.

I bet they won't see this coming...



Actual movie update– Don, Pez, Kirrily, and I did a lot of work with the music last night.  The first half of the film is essentially done.  Pez insists he has a few more tweaks to do, because he’s a perfectionist, but I think it sounds great.

I’ll be posting that section of the movie just as Don is able to upload it.


My First Paying Directing Job

May 22, 2009

Howcast is a website devoted to how-to videos.  The cool thing is, they’re all made by aspiring filmmakers, like me.  They give you a script, and then set you loose to shoot whatever you want.

Best part is, you get paid $50 for every video!  It’s not much, considering the time it takes to shoot even a two minute video, but at least it’s something for your resume and reel.

My first video, “How to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint,” is online now. Check it out.


Good Luck Alligator

February 2, 2009

The Good Luck Alligator has appeared in almost all of my movies.  The exceptions, unsurprisingly, were unmitigated disasters.

The Good Luck Alligator is a puppet I’ve had since I was a kid.  In fact, Lucky may not even be mine.  He might be a hand-me-down from one or more of my siblings. Lord knows a lot of my clothes and toys were.

I used to have this big tin, like the kind you get with novelty popcorn, that held all of my stuffed animals.  Lucky, for some reason, never wound up inside the tin.  He was always on top.  I remember falling asleep watching him, his big glass eyes staring at me, his mouth gaping open.

Which is actually a little terrifying, now that I think of it.

Anyway, for some reason in the fall of 2001, I decided to take my Good Luck Alligator to college.  We thought it’d be funny to throw him into When Sorority Girls Attack.

He wound up in the background of a lot of my student films.  The only time he didn’t was a sitcom that I produced.  It was set in a newsroom, and there was no way to justify putting him somewhere.  Needless to say, the show flopped.

After college, I once again tempted fate by not including him in Good Intentions.

I learned my lesson.  I made sure to include him in both The Runner and the Monster ads.

Now, I just have to figure out how to get him into a noir film.


Old School

January 30, 2009

You might notice a new page on the right, “Past Projects.”  It has links to all of the projects I’ve put online over the years.

Some are good, others are quite embarrassing, but in the interest of full disclosure. I’ve put them all up for the world to see.

There’s also a poll, where you can let me know which movie you like best.  🙂


Recent History

January 30, 2009

Last year, I made a series of spec commercials.  They are finally done, finished, and complete.  I’m excited.  I hope you are, too.

Anyway, the editor finally had a chance to put them on YouTube for all the world to see.  Enjoy!


“Cheap” Is Relative

January 28, 2009

My old college roommate, Marcus Phillips, is a musician.  He’s written, I’d guess, over a hundred songs in the time that I’ve known him.  He’s produced at least three complete CDs.  All this took was time, energy, talent, and practice.  He’s spent maybe a couple hundred dollars on guitars over the years.

I, on the other hand, have made less than a dozen short films in the same period of time, and spent thousands of dollars over the years.

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the democratizing effects of inexpensive video production.  Don’t believe it for a second.

A good HD camera costs thousands of dollars; renting one can run hundreds per day.  Same for a decent grip and lighting package.  Art direction, costumes, make-up are variable, but consistently expensive.  And don’t forget sound and editing!

Then there’s all the people.  Even if you don’t pay them, you at least have to feed them.  You might resort to the indie film mainstays of pizza and sub sandwiches, but buying lunch for ten to twenty people still ain’t cheap.

Movies are not and never will be inexpensive, at least for an individual.  I’m confronting this fact as I go through my script to determine what I have, what I can borrow, and what I can afford to buy.

There is, of course, a fourth option: what I can afford to rewrite.  But let’s try to avoid that, shall we?