With over 25 years of experience in Film, Television, and video production, Matthew brings a wide spectrum of talents to VanillaFire Productions. Starting out in Feature Film and Commercial production, after six years, he moved into special effects as creative director for Lasermedia, a leading Laser visual effects company. Collaborating on film, television, commercials, Broadway plays, and live action productions, he created laser shows and effects for large outdoor venues (Disney World, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Stone Mountain Georgia) live performance, (Pink Floyd, Prince, Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and many others) and hundreds of corporate clients, worldwide. After six years, he joined Sony Pictures Imageworks, as a Computer Graphic Animation Supervisor, designing feature films and television visual effects. Five years later, he left Sony Pictures, to pursue independent video production. Since then, he has produced and directed over a dozen television commercials, industrial video, and documentaries, including “Return To Tarawa, The Leon Cooper Story”, with credits as cameraman and producer. “Return To Tarawa” aired on Discoverys’ Military Channel, and is now available on Netflix.
He is currently working on a sequel featuring JPAC, the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command. With experience in all facets of production from writing, producing, directing, camerawork, and editing, Matthew specializes in delivering high quality, cost effective productions tailored to clients specific needs.
Credits and Employment History
“Until They Are Home” 6/30/11
Producer, Cameramen (HD), documentary of JPAC the MIA recovery arm of the military, as it returns to the site of horrific South Pacific WW II battle, to search for remains of those killed in action. Four Medal of Honor winners (three posthumous) are profiled. Currently in Post Production.
“Return To Tarawa, The Leon Cooper Story” 6/14/2009
Producer/Camerman/Editor, one hour documentary of WW II battle, narrated by Ed Harris, and currently being aired on Discovery Channel.
“Industrial Dynamics, 50 Years of Innovation” 7/10/2009
Writer/Director/Camerman/Editor, corporate video for trade show and marketing purposes.
“Selling With Color” 2/14/2006
Director/Camerman/Editor, and author of 5 DVD set of sales training tools for corporate sales force. Produced for The Valeo Group, a sales and marketing company.
“Inspiration to Realization” 4/18/2004
Producer/Director of Adelphia Cable television series featuring woman entrepreneurs, who share tips, recommendations, and advice on how to succeed in starting your own business.
“Cry of Africa” 3/20/2004
Producer/Director/Camerman/Editor of 12 minute fundraising documentary detailing the struggle of women and children against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Ripple of Hope” 7/15/2003
Producer/Director/Editor of documentary introducing the founder of the Rainbow Humanitarian Caretaker Foundation, and her non-profit foundation dedicated to assisting the impoverished people of Ethiopia, Africa.
“Smart Alecs” 6/30/2002
Writer/Producer/Director of reality show television pilot featuring an ensemble cast of eight ethnically diverse young teens reviewing popular products and activities, with tips on how to be get the most for your budget.
College degree, B of A, Film and Communications
Member SAG and NABET
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