You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club, a video camera, a microphone, a stills camera, video editing software, animation tools, web development skills, a skateboard or surfboard.

I write, film, record, edit, design, code, create and destroy things. Crazy things.
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"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." –– Hitchcock

Hi, I'm Matt.

I'm reporter and filmmaker for the BBC.

I'm also the bureau chief of BBC Pop Up, the company's first travelling bureau. It's a crowdsourcing unit that relocates to new cities and countries for a month at a time in order to film stories recommended to us by our audience. We also turn our adventures, combined with the stories we film, into half-hour programs for BBC World, the world's largest TV news network.

I unofficially moonlight as an experimenter for the BBC, creating new formats, programs, websites, campaigns and workflows.

I served as the head of the BBC's Video Innovation Lab, a group of technologists and journalists that thinks about what BBC video could become after the fall of the web.

In the past few years, I've helped launch their US-facing website, developed BBC's 15-second social and mobile video news series, designed and launched BBC Trending, assisted with the creation of the first automated BBC syndication bot and subsequent BBC subreddit as well as several other projects. Lot and lots and lots of projects.

Most recently, I staged a BBC-run taxi service in New Hampshire as a way to hear from voters about the US primaries.

I'm a former producer for Discovery Channel, reporter for a Japanese newspaper and apartment painter. I was also an early Internet video experimenter. In the mid to late-2000s, I used to assist with an Iraq-focused videoblogging project called Alive in Baghdad, which gave camera to Iraqi civilians during the height of the Iraq War.

I've created several social science experiments, including The Time Hack –– which forced me to participate in a new activity each day for 365 days to gather data about the human perception of the passage of time. My 2007 dive into video journalism, Around America in 2.0, doubled as one of the Internet's first video travel series.

Though I don't put much stock in such things, I've been lucky enough to win awards, like Webby's and Peabody's, for things I've created or worked on. Nieman, Poynter, and others have also been kind enough to write about some of my crazier ideas.

When not doing any of these strange things, I can be found sitting on my surfboard in Venice, California.