Born with a fiery passion for storytelling and high-SPF sunblock, writer/director Matt MacDonald grew up in the sweltering desert heat of Phoenix, Arizona. Scourged by the sun’s villainous UV rays, Matt opted at an early age to embrace air conditioning — devouring books, films, video games, and large quantities of sugared cereal, all in an effort to stoke his ever-expanding creative imagination.
An accomplished stage/voiceover actor and nationally published author, Matt received his MFA in Film and Television Production from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. His multi-award-winning action/comedy short film GoldenBox has delighted audiences around the world as both a Vimeo Staff Pick and film festival darling, with screenings at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, San Diego Comic-Con, and on tens of thousands of screens as part of the global ShortsHD cable network. With a strong love of intelligent, character-driven plots, Matt has a keen interest in large-scale genre, video game adaptation, digital media, and pie.
Matt served as in-house special projects producer for Machinima, Inc., the dominant video entertainment network for males aged 13 to 34 and home to nearly 4 billion video views every month. As the writer/director/producer on custom spots for clients such as Film District, Playboy, Activision, and Warner Bros. Digital, Matt is an expert on creative content tailored for the web. His latest directing projects include dosing, a sci-fi thriller recognized as a Top 200 finalist and “Greenie Award” nominee for HBO’s 2015 revival of the Project Greenlight series, and The Syndicate, a collaboration with F. Gary Gray (director of the smash hit Straight Outta Compton) promoting Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate video game. Collectively, Matt’s work has amassed close to 5 million online views.
In his free time, Matt enjoys spin class, Mountain Dew, and house flipping shows. His favorite Beatles song is “Hey Jude” and you’ll frequently find him in one of the many Greater Los Angeles Area Yogurtlands.