Hi. I am Matt Smith. I design, develop, animate and produce. I collaborate with filmmakers, illustrators, writers and others. Together we create new and interesting ways of telling stories online. I am currently at SBS.
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The Boat — An interactive graphic novel adaption of Nam Le’s short story about escape after the Vietnam War. Illustrated by Matt Huynh, sound by Sam Petty (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). Animation, Lead Developer.
Cronulla Riots: The Day that Shocked the Nation — Investigate the simmering tensions between groups of Australians that led to racially motivated violence at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach in December 2005. Documentary collaboration with Northern Pictures. Design and Creative, Lead Developer.
After 6/4 — Twenty-five years have passed since the events that led to June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Explore the fault lines of memory through the conflicting reports of Chinese and Western media. Design and Creative, UI and Animation, Developer.
The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place — The stories of an infamous acre in Sydney known as The Block, a place steeped in a rich history of Aboriginal culture, activism and hope. Over time, tragedy, drug abuse and crime crept into the Indigenous-owned housing precinct. This virtual time capsule invites you to explore the Block in the months prior to it’s demolition. Design and Creative, Lead Developer.
Goa Hippy Tribe — The story of the original Goan hippies, led by the inimitable Eight-Finger Eddie, who first met in the early 70s and re-connected on Facebook to re-unite in 2010. Winner Best Film/TV at SXSW Interactive 2012. Design and Creative, Lead Developer.
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Speaking and community: FIPA France, Antenna Documentary Film Festival hackathon mentor, Walkley Foundation: Storyology, AFTRS Laboratory for Advanced Media Production, SharingStories (Indigenous story telling foundation).
Industry recognition: SXSW Interactive, AIMIA Awards, FWA SOTD, Walkley Awards, W3, Webbys, IDFA Doclab. More on my LinkedIn profile.
Past life: Whybin/Tequila, Amnesia Razorfish, Razorfish Tokyo, Clemenger, ABC, 6 years freelance.