The student handbook for the ETC students who entered in the program in August of 2021.
Matt first became fascinated with entertainment while taking part in his high school drama program. He played Elwood P. Dowd the lead character in "Harvey". Matt's fueled interest led him to pursue a bachelor's degree in production at the University of Florida. During his time at UF he produced videos, television shows, 3D animations, and a senior thesis called "Legomentary", a stop-motion animation depicting a child's perspective of the world.
After graduation Matt put his creativity to work for a unique audience: pediatric cancer patients. While working as the Project Coordinator for a million dollar federally-funded research project Matt was given the opportunity to work side-by-side with these children. Matt was the guiding force behind media production, research, technology, and patient satisfaction. Matt's work helped to create a bedside, on-demand, multi-symptom management system with a goal of alleviating patients from their pain, anxiety, and boredom.
While at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center Matt hopes to continue his work in film and video as well as take on new challenges in other areas of entertainment. He hopes to launch into a career focused on Children's Media that can be enjoyed by all generations.
Matt got married in March to his sweetheart, Heather. They have two crazy canines, Jasmine and Hunter.