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Matthew R.

Animation and Visual Effects Artist

Animation and Visual Effects Artist

$30/hour

  • 410 hours tutoring

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I have been working as an adjunct professor at Drexel University for the past three years. I primarily teach introductory modeling, texturing, and rendering in Autodesk Maya as well as occasionally teaching compositing using the Foundry's Nuke. If you want a structured lesson plan and crafted methodologies I can provide that for you. Or if you just want some casual freeform help here and there I'd be happy to do that as well.

Starting as a media intern in Seacrest Studios at the Children’s...

I have been working as an adjunct professor at Drexel University for the past three years. I primarily teach introductory modeling, texturing, and rendering in Autodesk Maya as well as occasionally teaching compositing using the Foundry's Nuke. If you want a structured lesson plan and crafted methodologies I can provide that for you. Or if you just want some casual freeform help here and there I'd be happy to do that as well.

Starting as a media intern in Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia I learned how great it can be to be part of a multifaceted and diverse media team, and my education at Drexel University gave me the skills to excel at my craft and create the best possible final product. I have learned from industry professionals like former Industrial Light and Magic visual effects supervisor for Men In Black, The Mummy(1999), and I, Robot John Andrew Berton Jr. and, former Nickelodeon employee Jeremy Fernsler. During this time the Adobe Suite became like a second language to me as I used it to edit, composite, illustrate, create CG textures, and animate in both its 2D and 3D systems. Autodesk Maya stands as my 3D animation program of choice. I have spent thousands of hours learning the ins and outs of simulation systems, animating, modeling, rigging, and rendering from Maya in multiple engines including Renderman, Vray, Mental Ray, and Arnold. I'm also experienced modeling and sculpting in Modo and ZBrush. Nuke has been my compositing program of choice for over five years, and I am familiar using its 2D and 3D systems, as well as combining CG elements with live action footage. Then when all is said and done I prefer to color correct in DaVinci Resolve and edit in Adobe Premiere.

I can do almost anything with a digital image. I learned from the best at Drexel University from a number of AAA industry professionals.

Contact me with anything no matter how simple or complicated. I'm friendly and I'm great with music too.


Education

Drexel University
Animation n VisualFX

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Art

Drawing,

Drawing

As an animator I need to know the proportions and anatomy of the human body as well as animals, and how to translate them technical drawings and cartoons. I have been drawing for over 10 years and have taken courses in high school, then at Drexel University in technical drawing techniques. I have taken university level figure drawing, objects drawing, design, and comic book drawing courses. Now as a professional I have created a television show at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia teaching children how to draw, as well as creating designs and logos for bands in the Philadelphia area. I also did the majority of the concept drawings for my short film, which is now in film festivals internationally.
Film,

Film

While my degree has caused me to specialize in post production, I'm quite adept at all aspects of film making. I am currently Director of Photography on a web series called Worlds Apart. I do the majority of filming for the web series, and decide things like shot angles, lenses, and what method should be used for filming. I also have my own short film Honu currently touring in film festivals internationally. I have written several screenplays including one that would become a half hour short film. I have also gained thousands of hours of studio experience both producing television for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and for my own visual effects shoots. I have edited things professionally such as video interviews for Executive Leaders Radio, which broadcasts nationally. I have also taken courses at Drexel University in color grading, and audio post production which I apply professionally on the Worlds Apart web series. While at the Drexel I also spent hundreds of hours studying films as part of various courses, involving writing several academic papers on film. In general I have viewed thousands of films giving myself a large library to pull inspiration from.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

At Drexel University I excelled in several graphic design courses including typography, and web design. Then as a professional I have made logos and layouts for bands, as well as corporate motion graphics, and logos for the TV station Galaxy 51 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I have also taken courses in color theory which I apply to every animation project that I do as a professionally animation and visual effects artist. I also partly designed the branding for my short film.
Painting,

Painting

While my professional career has led me towards the path of digital painting, in particular realistic digital matte paintings for film, putting brush to canvas has always been a passion of mine. I have been painting for over 10 years and really honed the majority of my skills in high school where I was enrolled in my school's AP art program due to my painting prowess. In the past I started my own charity where I painted murals in local communities, which included two on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ, and one 12x20 foot mural in Edgarton Christian Academy in Newfield, NJ. I have also had my work featured in local art galleries. I am experienced in a wide variety of techniques and mediums. While I most often paint in either oils or acrylics, I am also experienced in tempera, watercolors, pastels, ink, as well as mixed medium. I have done realistic renderings, as well as garish and wild graphic pieces.
Photography,

Photography

I am currently Director of Photography on the Worlds Apart web series. While getting my Bachelor of Science in Animation and Visual Effects at Drexel University I took photography and photo editing courses. I have often been the "witness camera," taking pictures professionally for visual effects shoots. I have also been a photographer for Seacrest Studios, a television studio within the Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia. I have experience taking photos and videos with a variety of cameras, most often DSLR's made by Nikon or Canon. I have experience with film and digital cameras. Photography has also been a hobby of mine since I was only eight years old.
Video Production,

Video Production

While my degree has caused me to specialize in post production, I'm quite adept at all aspects of film making. I am currently Director of Photography on a web series called Worlds Apart. I do the majority of filming for the web series, and decide things like shot angles, lenses, and what method should be used for filming. I also have my own short film currently touring in film festivals internationally. I have also gained thousands of hours of studio experience both producing television for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and for my own visual effects shoots. I have edited things professionally such as video interviews for Executive Leaders Radio, which broadcasts nationally. I have also taken courses at Drexel University in color grading, and audio post production which I apply professionally on the Worlds Apart web series.
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Computer

Animation,

Animation

As a media intern in Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia I learned how great it can be to be part of a multifaceted and diverse media team, and my education at Drexel University gave me the skills to excel at my craft and create the best possible final product. I have learned from industry professionals like former Industrial Light and Magic visual effects supervisor for Men In Black, The Mummy(1999), and I, Robot John Andrew Berton Jr. and, former Nickelodeon employee Jeremy Fernsler. During this time the Adobe Suite became like a second language to me as I used it to edit, composite, illustrate, create CG textures, and animate in both its 2D and 3D systems. Autodesk Maya stands as my 3D animation program of choice. I have spent thousands of hours learning the ins and outs of simulation systems, animating, modeling, rigging, and rendering from Maya in multiple engines including Renderman, Vray, Mental Ray, and Arnold. Though I prefer to model in Modo and ZBrush. Nuke has been my compositing program of choice for over three years, and I am familiar using its 2D and 3D systems, as well as combining CG elements with live action footage. Then when all is said and done I prefer to color correct in DaVinci Resolve and edit in Adobe Premiere.
Autodesk Maya,

Autodesk Maya

I have been working as an adjunct professor at Drexel University teaching 3D modeling, texturing, and rendering in Maya for 3 years now. I have been modeling, animating, rigging, lighting, and building shaders in Autodesk Maya for over 7 years. At Drexel University it was the core piece of software used in the animation program, and nearly all of our work was done in it. I have experience simulating particles, fluids, and hair in Maya. I am experienced in building custom shaders and procedural creation of environments. I, along with the rest of the Lobsters are Weird team, have created a short film in Maya, Honu, which was shown in film festivals in the U.S. and Romania. I am also experienced rendering in several engines including Arnold, Renderman, Vray, and Mental Ray. I have used the program professionally to make models and animations for the game Onsen Master developed by Waking Oni Games. I've made models and textures, as well as cloth and particle simulations for an upcoming documentary. For my product design and orthodontist clients, I've made fluid simulations, compound rigs, and all sorts of animations, production for which have included building complex shaders and ultra HD stereoscopic rendering. At this point I have spent thousands of hours using the program in a full production pipeline. I also have experience using it in unison with Houdini, ZBrush, Mudbox, and Nuke.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

At Drexel University I excelled in several graphic design courses including typography, and web design. Then as a professional I have made logos and layouts for bands, as well as corporate motion graphics, and logos for the TV station Galaxy 51 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I have also taken courses in color theory which I apply to every animation project that I do as a professionally animation and visual effects artist. I also partly designed the branding for my short film.
Photography,

Photography

I am currently Director of Photography on the Worlds Apart web series. While getting my Bachelor of Science in Animation and Visual Effects at Drexel University I took photography and photo editing courses. I have often been the "witness camera," taking pictures professionally for visual effects shoots. I have also been a photographer for Seacrest Studios, a television studio within the Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia. I have experience taking photos and videos with a variety of cameras, most often DSLR's made by Nikon or Canon. I have experience with film and digital cameras. Photography has also been a hobby of mine since I was only eight years old.
Video Production,

Video Production

While my degree has caused me to specialize in post production, I'm quite adept at all aspects of film making. I am currently Director of Photography on a web series called Worlds Apart. I do the majority of filming for the web series, and decide things like shot angles, lenses, and what method should be used for filming. I also have my own short film currently touring in film festivals internationally. I have also gained thousands of hours of studio experience both producing television for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and for my own visual effects shoots. I have edited things professionally such as video interviews for Executive Leaders Radio, which broadcasts nationally. I have also taken courses at Drexel University in color grading, and audio post production which I apply professionally on the Worlds Apart web series.
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

History

Music History

Music History

As a DJ and Music Librarian at WKDU Philadelphia I have immersed myself in tens of thousands of albums in order to make the best show possible. From doing this I have gained a near encyclopedic knowledge of Punk, Classic Rock, Jazz, Ska, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, and more. I have also taken music history courses at Drexel University with a focus primarily on music of the 20th century. I have read several scholastic text books on the history of the art, people, and landmark music of my favorite genres. Besides that I consume music documentaries on a near constant basis, with all of this giving me a wide variety of source material to pull from.

Music

Music History

Music History

As a DJ and Music Librarian at WKDU Philadelphia I have immersed myself in tens of thousands of albums in order to make the best show possible. From doing this I have gained a near encyclopedic knowledge of Punk, Classic Rock, Jazz, Ska, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, and more. I have also taken music history courses at Drexel University with a focus primarily on music of the 20th century. I have read several scholastic text books on the history of the art, people, and landmark music of my favorite genres. Besides that I consume music documentaries on a near constant basis, with all of this giving me a wide variety of source material to pull from.

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Amazing tutor

Cant say enough wonderful things about Matt. He is so knowledgeable and patient. He taught me so much I am truly grateful for him. I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs his services.

Ryan , 2 lessons with Matthew

Súper great

I got an A on my assignments yay! Without him, I’d be struggling for sure. Schedule with him if you really need help with Maya! He’s totally worth spending money on!

Shannen, 2 lessons with Matthew

Autodesk Maya

Matthew is very knowledgeable about maneuvering in Maya and was very helpful in removing much of the mystery of the software. He was very patient and able to explain away my mistakes

Mark, 2 lessons with Matthew

maya

Excellent tutor. Took his time to explain the MAYA basics. Most importantly Matthew is not frustrated by stupid and repeated questions. Since my Maya program is loaded onto a PC, and I have never used a PC, Matthew were able to walk me through step by step.

Roger, 1 lesson with Matthew

Knowledgeable and patient tutor!

I am not an expert and he took his time and didn't get bothered with me not knowing everything. I was assisted with Autodesk Maya. Thanks, Matthew! I would certainly recommend him to anyone interested in or in need of a tutor.

Jamie, 3 lessons with Matthew

Everything okay! ^_^

He is very helpful and kind!

Annastella, 2 lessons with Matthew

Knowledgeable and down to earth

My cousin and I were his first photography students and he did a great job explaining the basics of our dslrs. We can finally move out of the automatic settings and start to get creative with the manual settings. Matt also gave us great artistic tips like on how to emphasize depth of field and certain angles to get a neat picture effect. Also Matt was a great tour guide through Philly. We were able to learn and play around with the settings as we took neat pictures of the city life.

Nina, 1 lesson with Matthew

Great Maya Tutorial

Matthew was great at walking me through the basics of rigging. We also talked about bit maps and rendering. Maya is a very intimidating program, but Matthew was able to make it more manageable. Will definitely work with him again!

Dorothy, 1 lesson with Matthew
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