Working in animation, and stop motion specifically, has a huge effect on the type of films I do. Before I did animation, when I was making dumb fun little live action films, I was making gag films. Short films with one stupid joke that's been done over and over again. Essentially Looney Tunes live action. Once I started doing animation I got really hard on myself. If I'm going to spend a ton of hours on something (hours being the key thing everyone thinks about when they hear "animation") then I gotta make sure I'm really happy with what I'm working towards. The last thing I want to do in animation is make gag films, they've been made over and over again, and you need to be a genius to do something new with them. I'm not a genius, so I set out to not make a gag film. From this, Cowboy, Clone, Dust was born. Cowboy, Clone, Dust is a very personal film set in a surreal world. Every character is a combination of who I am, who I want to be, and who I think I appear to be. This is pretty clear to anyone who knows me. I don't think I want to say more, I hope you enjoy it.
Matthew Christensen graduated from NYU in 2011 with a major in film and animation. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit where he fell in love with stop motion at a young age watching Wallace and Gromit films and the behind the scene footage of The Nightmare Before Christmas. He has since been working in the stop motion industry in New York City and Portland, and making his own sculptures and films. Matt is the youngest of three brothers.