Matt Knudsen

knudsen.matt@gmail.com
(310) 562-7844
www.imdb.me/mattknudsenfilm


EXPERIENCE:  

Columbia University - New York, NY                                                                                          
8/2017 - Present
-Instructor / Teaching Assistant
-Undergraduate film and media studies
-DCP projection, festival coordination, screening curation
Contact: Rob King, Professor (rk2704@columbia.edu), Thomas Elsaesser, Professor (te2222@columbia.edu) 

University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA                                                           
7/2013 - 8/2017
- Teaching Assistant / Instructor / Coordinator for undergraduate and graduate courses in:
-Film history: Proctoring exams, grading projects, organizing presentation materials.
-Cinematography: Supervising lighting and camera workshops, hosting safety seminars.
-Production: Coordinating and supervising physical production, providing post-shoot feedback.
-Instruction for university students, extension programs, and summer institute sessions.
Contact: Jeanne Tyson, Professor (jeannetyson@gmail.com), Tim Good, Professor (timothygood@mac.com)

“Cassidy Red”, feature film - Tucson, AZ / Santa Clarita, CA                              
Principal photography - 8/2015 - Writer, director, producer of feature, narrative, western, period piece.                        
-The movie is being distributed by Vision Films and Sony Pictures Home entertainment (street date 2/6/18).
-For more information please visit www.cassidyred.com
Contact: Brooks Yang, Producer - (573) 424-2012

Production Experience - USA, Canada, Thailand, Italy, Brazil          
2003 - Present (see attached filmography)
-15+ years as a freelancer: PA, UPM, AD, AC, grip, electric, photographer, camera operator, DP, producer, writer, and director.
Contact: Julia Swain, Cinematographer - (760) 638-0740, John Lange, Editor - (310) 569-9139

R!OT / Method Studios / Company 3 - Santa Monica, CA                                                        
1/2009 - 12/2012
-VFX assist, providing support for Smoke, Flame and Inferno artists.
-Inventory and maintenance for video and lighting equipment utilized by in-house producers.   
Contact: Patrick Vollkommer, VFX Supervisor - (818) 480-0076

We Like Movies (www.welikemovies.com)                                                                                 
12/2010 - Present
-Co-owner and editor of website specializing in film, television, and pop-culture appreciation.
-Co-host of an hour long, weekly podcast available to stream on the site and iTunes.
Contact: Oscar Dahl, Podcast Co-host - (206) 660-7246

Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, CA                                                                         
8/2004–6/2005
-Teaching Assistant / Instructor in editing, production and cinematography courses.
-Liaison between students and the camera/sound, grip and electric, and editorial departments.  
-Classroom management / AV tech- troubleshooting on-campus media issues.


EDUCATION:

·Columbia University, New York, NY. 8/2017 - present. Degree expected (12/2018): MA in FILM STUDIES.  

·UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. 2012 - 2017. Degree received: MFA in FILM DIRECTING.  

·LMU, Los Angeles, CA. 2001 - 2005. Degree received: BA in FILM PRODUCTION.

·Seattle University, Seattle, WA. 8/2000 - 6/2001. College Coursework Completed. Major: HUMANITIES.

·Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle, WA. 8/1997 - 6/2001. Graduated with AP and college credits.


AFFILIATIONS / ACCOLADES:

·2015. Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award: Feature film - CASSIDY RED

·2014. Jack Nicholson Directing Award: Short film - TABLE FOR 3 

·2013. UCLA Production Award: Short film - HIGHBALL 

·2005. Berkeley Film and Video Festival: “Grand Festival Award” - THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL

·2005. Independent Music Video Festival: Official Selection - THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL

·2004. Eastman-Kodak Scholarship: “Excellence in Cinematography” - SMOKE & MIRRORS.


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY:

· COVER-UP - Short film, Los Angeles, CA, 7/2017. Producer.

· BEYOND THE GATE - Short film, Belem, Brazil, 9/2016. Gaffer.

· *CASSIDY RED - Feature film, Tucson, AZ, 8/2015. Writer, Director, Producer.

· VIOLA, FRANCA - Short film, Galati Mamertino, Sicily, Italy, 6/2015. Gaffer.

· IT DIDN’T STAY IN VEGAS - Short film, Los Angeles, CA, 9/2014. Director, Editor.

· SENSITIVITY TRAINING - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA, 9/2014. Gaffer.

· DE TOQUE A TOQUE - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 2/2014. Gaffer.

· *TABLE FOR 3 - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 2/2014. Writer, Director, Producer.

· *SEATTLE 2030 DISTRICT - Promotional videos, Seattle, WA. 10/2013. Director, DP, Editor.

· BLISSFUL ACRES - Short film, Providence, RI. 7/2013. Gaffer.

· ROOM 707 - Short film, Brooklyn, NY. 7/2013. Gaffer.

· CARUSO - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 3/2013. DP, Camera Operator.

· *HIGHBALL - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 2/2013. Writer, Director, Producer.

· BURIED IN THE MURDER - Music video, Victorville, CA. 1/2013. 1st Assistant Camera.

· DEMOCRACY AT WORK - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA. 7/2011. 1st Assistant Camera.

· USE FLOSS - Commercial, Seattle, WA. 6/2011. DP, Camera Operator, Editor.

· LEGION OF EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS - Web series, Los Angeles, CA. 12/2009. Best Boy Electric.

· THE WHITE STUFF - Music video, Van Nuys, CA. 9/2009. DP, Camera Operator.

· THE AFTERNOON - Music video, Los Angeles, CA. 6/2009. DP, Camera Operator.

· THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS - Feature film, Santa Clarita, CA. 2/2009. Best Boy Electric.

· PASSPORT TO LOVE - Feature film, Westminster, CA. 12/2008. Key Grip.

· APRIL SHOWERS - Feature film, Omaha, NE. 5/2008. Best Boy Electric.

· BITCH SLAP - Feature film, Lancaster, CA. 4/2008. Gaffer.

· *MARGARET MOURNING - Music video, Northridge, CA. 2/2008. Writer, Co-Director, DP.

· *MAKE YOUR HOME (SMELL DELICIOUS) - Music video, Northridge, CA. 2/2008. Director, DP.

· THE NO-SIT LIST - Feature film, Burbank, CA. 1/2008. Key Grip.

· MONEY FIGHT - Feature film, Whittier, CA. 11/2007-12/2007. Best Boy Electric.

· BASEMENT JACK - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA. 9/2007. Best Boy Electric.

· NECESSARY EVIL - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA. 7/2007. 2nd Assistant Camera.

· THE BOX - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA.12/2006. Key Set Production Assistant.

· CROSSINGS - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 11/2006. Director of Photography, Camera Operator.

· HOTEL GRAND - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 11/2006. DP, Camera Operator.

· COOK-DOWN - Documentary short subject, Los Angeles, CA. 10/2006. DP, Camera Operator.

· PALE GUY - Documentary feature, Bangkok, Thailand. 5/2006-6/2006. B Camera Operator.

· THE NEW GEOGRAPHY - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 3/2006. DP, Camera Operator.

· DARK STREETS - Feature film, Los Angeles, CA. 1/2006. Key Set Production Assistant.

· BIG BAD WOLF - Feature film, Simi Valley, CA. 9/2005. Key Set Production Assistant.

· HATCHET - Feature film, Santa Clarita, CA. 5/2005. Key Set Production Assistant.

· BILLIE’S BLUES - Short film, Venice, CA. 3/2005. Director of Photography, Camera Operator.

· RUNWAYS AND FREEWAYS - Music video, Los Angeles, CA. 2/2005. DP, Camera Operator.

· *BLINDED IN CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC… - Music video, Los Angeles, CA. 6/2004. Director, DP.

· *THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL - Music video, Malibu, CA. 6/2004. Writer, Director, DP.

· *MORNING RUSH - Short film, Westchester, CA. 5/2004. DP, Camera Operator.

· *SMOKE & MIRRORS - Short film, Venice, CA. 3/2004. Director, Writer, DP, Editor.

· *BRUSH-OFF - Short film, Los Angeles, CA. 1/2002. Director, DP, Camera Operator, Editor