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 apart of the first wave of Internet video experimenters in the mid-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. 2007's Around America in 2.0 was the first video travel series on the Internet.

Though I don't put much stock in these recognitions, I've been lucky enough to win awards, like Webby's and Peabody's, for things I've created or worked on.

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