So, tell us a little about yourself, who you are, where you work now and how long you’ve been in the industry?
I graduated from Leeds art and Design in 2009 and i’ve been working the industry for a year now, I am now freelance and based in Leeds but work for people globally, thanks to the internet
How did working in Motion graphics come about?
I also do illustration and I found my self being unsatisfied once a piece is finished, their is something magic about seeing everything move.
What do you enjoy most about working in motion graphics?
The idea process is definitely one of the best parts, just playing around with different techniques is a really good way to refresh your self.
What do you enjoy least about working in motion graphics?
As a recent graduate, people have constantly tried to take advantage of what I am able to do by either saying ” we cant pay you much, but think of the exposure” or “can you live lean” this has been a really difficult hurdle to overcome as big agency’s have come at me asking me to do work, for nothing and I have to pay the bills and if I take these jobs on I am undercutting the industry and this is something I do not endorse. Like wise to competitions where they offer you a cash fee.
What has been you biggest highlight in motion graphics.
Meeting David O’Reilly ,visiting Buck in New york, working for Blink Ink, visiting Nexus, Collaborating frequently with Picasso Pictures Lesley Barnes.
What skill do you think a Motionographer needs?
A sense of timing, strong typography skills and a great sense of colour and a vision.
Is there any advice you’d give to an aspiring Motion graphics artist?
Make friends with late nights, learn typography, learn the history of animation and understand how the industry works.
What are your future plans in Motion Graphics?
I’ve currently been offered a placement in San Fransisco working for upper playgrounds and Juxstapoz magazine, At the moment i’m doing more illustration work and I have been contemplating joining a studio.
So, After Effects is your main software of choice, what do you like about it?
After effects working with the program for the past four years we have a love hate relationship.
Is there a particular motion graphic piece you would recommend to someone else?
In modern times… Id say David O’Reilly, Please Say something http://www.vimeo.com/1714824 This film really opened me up to modern day possibilities of what Motion Graphics and how having no money can be a good thing.
Also its not motion graphics but I think anyone who does like motion graphics should really study the history of animation. For me U.P.A animation has absolutely beautiful graphics in their films and a great use of colour.
If you’d like to find out more about Matt or would like to see any of his work then go visit his website at http://www.rabbitportal.com