Make things you'd like to see. Trust your taste. Someone else will share it.
I'm not going to lie and say "I always knew that I wanted to make films", because that's just not true. Sure, I remember trying to recreate scenes from Star Wars with my friends in the playground when I was 10 years old, but who didn't? Sure, I did some "Stagecoach" acting then, too, but everyone has a hobby!
Discovering online video in my tweens pushed me a little further down the rabbit hole, as did taking a Media Studies class in school. Similarly, I inherited a family love for theatre and literature, especially the works of Shakespeare. Acting cropped up again in the form of some youth theatre courses and school musical productions when I was in my teen years.
I think that, deep down, I knew that I wanted to be a filmmaker by the age of 16, when I was choosing my last subjects for school. Film, Media, Photography and... Physics. I was under some delusion that I would go to Oxford to study science.
I didn't truly admit my love for the medium until I was 18, however, and decided that I would go to study film at the University of Westminster in London.
Even then, however, I was denying what I truly wanted: to craft my own pieces of work and express myself through film. Directors, in my mind, where these mythical creative beings who were infinitely better artists and more insightful people than I was.
I honed my skills at university primarily as an Editor and Sound Designer, whilst occasionally writing projects that I was fairly certain would never get made.
At the end of University, I went on to edit some other short projects, as well as do corporate videography work for various companies. Most of the editing work dried up as everyone I knew from university went on to other projects, however, and I was left creatively unfulfilled. Which brings us to the current stage of my life, finally realising that a director isn't a mythical title bestowed upon people by the gods. I director is just someone who directs films. I started putting some of my more ambitious scripts out to other local filmmaking crews, who started making them, and shorter scripts of mine I started directing myself.
So that's me. Matthew D Gilpin, Writer/Director.
  • Writer (8 Credits)
    What Are You Hiding?
    Short Script
    heads/tails2019
    Short
    Invite2019
    Short
    The Sweetest Death2019
    Short
    An Empty House2018
    Short
    Don't2018
    Short
    Sell Out2018
    Experimental, Short
    The Docks2018
    Short
  • Director (7 Credits)
    heads/tails2019
    Short
    Invite2019
    Short
    The Sweetest Death2019
    Short
    An Empty House2018
    Short
    Don't2018
    Short
    Sell Out2018
    Experimental, Short
    The Docks2018
    Short
  • Producer (5 Credits)
    heads/tails2019
    Short
    The Sweetest Death2019
    Short
    An Empty House2018
    Short
    Sell Out2018
    Experimental, Short
    The Docks2018
    Short
  • Acting (2 Credits)
    An Empty House2018
    Short
    Sell Out2018
    Experimental, Short
College
University of Westminster
Film and TV production
20142017
High School
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
20072014
Birth Date
May 29, 1996
Hometown
Bristol
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
White British
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Make things you'd like to see. Trust your taste. Someone else will share it.
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