After completing two years at Virginia Commonwealth University, Matthew Thompson ’13 “fell in love with MICA and decided to transfer.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Thompson has worked as a freelance photographer, videographer, and assistant director. Among those jobs were stints working on commercials, short films, and music videos.
“Every time you work on a set, you develop new contacts and meet new people. If they see you’ve done a good job, you usually get invited back,” he said.
One of the projects he’s most proud of is a venture called Time Spent, in which he and Ronin Wood ’12 (graphic design) promote rap artists by recording their live a capella performances on VHS. They chose the video format because “we wanted to reference a much older style and present the artists apart from the current mainstream,” Thompson said.
The venture has had community support, as Thompson and Wood raised more than $1,500 on KickStarter to fund the project.
Other projects Thompson has been involved with include participating in The Vigil, an all-night music festival put on by MICA’s Sound Art Concentration in the Interaction Design & Art Department.
“I became int erested in taking Erik Spangler ’s sound art class at MICA after my experimentation with altering and hacking electronic instruments,” he said. He also helped mount a sign for the Hollywood Diner in Baltimore in exchange for permission to hold a video shoot there. After graduation, Thompson plans to focus on taking the Time Spent project to the next level and exploring the independent filmmaking scene. “MICA has given me so much motivation to take on different types of projects,” he said. “I’m going to explore every single one of them.”