I’d like to get one item out of the way right off the bat: I’m the author of my bio. So while most bios are written in the third person, I just can’t do it. I won’t write copy like, “After Matt gave up underwater arc-welding, he decided to try filmmaking.”
Here are the basics: I’ve been in the business for 15 years, and have worn many hats in that time. My roots are in documentary, and I think that informs my style even when working on scripted projects. Early work with PBS and The International Channel led to a job at Fuel TV -- where I met fellow contrarian Chris Immel.
Chris and I departed Fuel TV to start 5th House, and I’m proud to say we still work with Fuel. So while I don’t want to write, “Matt thinks good relationships are the key to a long career in this business,” I do believe it’s true.
Note: This is Matt writing Chris’s bio, so I now have a valid third person writer’s license.
Chris asked me to write his bio because he really doesn’t like this sort of thing – probably why we both have careers behind the camera. In fact, if Chris penned his bio I think it would read something like, “I had a short, yet undistinguished career making snowboards, and after that I decided to try my hand at sheparding coffee for angry directors…that went so well I became determined to make a career out of editing commercials.”
All of which is true, if a bit re-worked, which is why Chris has won several awards for his editing…he’s a good storyteller.
Having paid his dues in the high-end post world, he became an editor at Fox On Air Promotions, which led to a gig at Fuel TV – where we met. Chris and I started 5th House in the spring of 2008, and he asked me to mention that he feels lucky to come to ‘work’ everyday.