Matt abandoned his half-finished design degree in 2014 to pursue a dream career at Weta Digital. The dream of working graveyard shifts in a cave to make sure artist renders would finish and films would deliver. Fast-forward three quarters of a decade—he is leading the Experience Design team and leading the charge for improving artist’s experiences when crafting beautiful visual effects. He loves working on the bleeding edge of innovation within the film industry, and is passionate about creating a user-centred culture, where that innovative technology is wrapped up nicely so artists can pick it up and do what they do best. Matt is the second eldest of eight children, so when he’s not working he’s swamped with family commitments. In the gaps of spare time he loves staring at his plants, tinkering with electronic projects, designing leather wallets and making clay sculptures.
Dragons; elves; apes; na’vi; exploding planets; warring comic book characters. These are but a few magical things that Weta Digital has brought to life for audiences all around the world to enjoy. This talk peels back the curtain and shows people how there’s no magic button for adding visual effects, much like there’s no magic button for installing UX process in a 20+ year old company renowned world-wide for their painstakingly handcrafted visual experiences.