We shot Friday morning and I spent my weekend slumped over a laptop (I have very poor posture) and I’m pretty dang happy with the result.
The film is a commentary on the state of being “woke” (ie. socially conscious) in today’s society, and how certain people, or brands, can easily claim woke-ness in the public’s eye, but their motivations are actually kinda slimy and self-serving.
To an extent, I see this in myself, and I hate it. There’s tons of organizations whose beliefs I am fully behind and I’ve never given them anything more than a Like on Facebook.
I hope this film can inspire people, myself included, to actually do something to help a cause / organization that they believe in. And no, holding a door doesn’t count.
And no, holding the door doesn’t count.
Written, directed & edited by myself, shot by Byron Kutchera (demo reel), featuring Dave Martineau & Naomi-Joy Blackhall.
Thanks for watching, yo. 🏄
In the name of science, the Canadian Space Agency sent thousands of chimpanzees on ill-fated voyages to the stars. Not even science could explain what happened next…
This project was the most fun I’ve ever had making films. Honestly, if I could pair up with awesome pro-wrestlers to make kickass origin stories for the rest of my life, I would be a very happy man.
Growing up, my dream was to become a professional wrestler, so working together with Space Monkey, a wrestler whose work I legitimately love, has been a tremendous privilege for this lifelong rasslin’ fan.
Please enjoy. ❤
Stills courtesy of Britt Edwards:
Space Monkey – Confidential
The Scientist – Dan Sanderson
Voiceover – Jake Thurgood
Glen Matthews – Writer / Director / Editor
Mark Corless – Director of Photography
Steve Cutler – Assistant Director / Steadycam Op.
Adam T. Burke – Audio Technician
Petra O’Toole – Production Assistant
Britt Edwards – Set Stills
Brendan Henry – Visual Composition
Nathan Boone – Assistant Editor
Alina Sechkin – Pixel Art
Werner Mueck – Space Monkey Illustration
Featuring “Horse Blood” by Judge Bitch
& Original Score by Jason O’Brien
Thanks to Adam Massey, Tim Corrigan, Matt Sutherland, Landon Morris & Eric Konecne
Grab that calendar off the wall and mark the date: Monday, April 24th will see the launch of my next film, SPACE MONKEY: ORIGINS!
I’ve been watching wrestling my entire life, and the biggest thing that I miss in today’s programming is the total lack of vignettes (short videos to hype a wrestler’s upcoming debut). In my opinion, it’s in these short videos that the audience really begins to understand and tap into what a character is all about.
When I moved to Toronto at the end of 2015, my first order of business was to take in a pro-wrestling show. It was at this show that I first saw Space Monkey wrestle. I was instantly enamoured with his insane gimmick and amazed by how well he married that with his fighting style.
It was love at first sight ( ❤ ) and the wheels in my head started turning immediately.
I approached him with the idea to film a character vignette that transitions into a highlight reel, and that is exactly what we’re releasing on April 10th. I hope I can do my part in helping you all also fall in love with the Space Monkey.
In the interest of educating the non-wrestling fans out there, here are a few of my all-time favourite vignettes from the wacky world of professional wrasslin’:
Mr. Perfect shows off his ridiculously perfect athleticism.
Here we see Ted Dibiase (AKA The Million Dollar Man) purchasing an entire public pool so that he can kick out all of the children (what a bastard).
I have no idea what is going on here, but I love it.
Last but certainly not least, The Mountie instructs some filthy American which direction the USA is.
That’s it, that’s all, folks. We worked our asses off on this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
PS. It’s one year today since my last audition. So far so good, y’all. ❤
Friendly friends, it is my tremendous pleasure to share a first-look at GRAVE CONCERNS, the 12-part comedic web series that follows two disgruntled gravediggers in the Wild West.
Each episode will straddle the line between comedy & drama (O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU meets LOUIE) exploring themes surrounding society, existentialism and, ultimately, how & why men fail to communicate with each other.
We are applying for funding from the Independent Production Fund, and as part of the IPF’s evaluation, we are encouraged to get as many views as possible.
THEREFORE if you enjoyed the GRAVE CONCERNS Web Series Preview, we cordially invite you to…
(3) SHARE THE FOLLOWING LINK WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY & EVEN TOTAL STRANGERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_VJQyZTLKg
Sincerely, thank you for watching and for any support that you can offer us in our hunt to get this thing made (remember: Like, Subscribe & Share). As I wrote in last month’s GRAVE CONCERNS blog entry, I have never been this creatively excited for a project in my life.
Much love, folks. ❤️
Timothy – Tim Walker
Clifton – Jeff Hanson
Old Man – Robert Nasmith
Writer / Director – Glen Matthews
Producer – Melani Wood
Director of Photography – Mark Corless
Assistant Director – Steve Cutler
Wardrobe – Holly Lloyd
Title Design – Britt Edwards
Visual Compositor – Brendan Henry
Additional Audio Recording – Matt Sutherland
Executive Producer – Adam Massey
Special Thanks – Tim Corrigan, Alexandra Cooney
I wanted to take a moment out of my regularly scheduled self-promotion on this here web zone to share my infatuation with the films of this fine dishevelled gentleman, Taika Waititi (pronounced joyously: Ti-kuh Why-tee-tee).
The ability to balance comedy with emotional stakes is a constant in many of my favourite films — ie. films from filmmakers like Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Noah Baumbach (when paired w/ Greta Gerwig), Billy Wilder, John Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, so I’m here to say that if you enjoy those folks you need to catch up with Taika Waititi at your earliest convenience.
The first film I saw from Waititi was the best damn film-going experience I’ve ever had…
Halifax’s Outlier Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing genre films, was screening WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014). I knew nothing about the film other than it was a vampire mockumentary from New Zealand, so I was surprised to see the Bus Stop Theatre packed to capacity (which was 60 people, for the small indy black box theatre).
The lights went dark and before long, all 60 of us were all cackling and knee-slapping in unison. 90 minutes later, the lights came back up and I was absolutely floored. I hadn’t been a part of a collective experience like that ever before, where every moment landed as intended, the highs & the lows, the emotional reality of something so silly as vampires living in a flat.
The second film was 2010’s BOY…
Again, I went in blind, avoiding reviews or trailers, and again, I was floored. The ability to balance comedy with drama has always been the way straight to my film-loving heart and BOY‘s coming of age story set in the beautiful New Zealand landscape showcased some incredibly impressive tonal gymnastics, and it was at this point that I was convinced that Taika Waititi was a filmmaker to pay attention to.
The third film, which sealed my love for Waititi, was 2016’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE…
Unlike the previous two films, I couldn’t help myself from diving in and getting an early look at this film. The trailers looked incredible and the early buzz from critics was overwhelmingly positive. I was going into this one with the often-deadly “high hopes”. I’m happy to report that the film delivered as Waititi managed to draw me in with laughs, heart, and some solid action scenes (all while providing some subtle social commentary on institutional colonialism).
Comedy is super subjective, of course, but I think the key for comedy is sincerity, and that is something that I think is sorely missing in much of comedy today. Waititi’s characters have hopes & dreams that they strive for, and that is where I fall in love with his films.
SINCERITY > FLIPPANCY 👌
Up next, Waititi is directing THOR: RAGNAROK, which combines my fav Avengers, Thor & Hulk, and also apparently features a John Cena cameo, so I’m glad to hear that Marvel has been receiving my letters.
That’s all for now. Check out some Waititi flicks and let me know what you think, yo. ❤
Good news, everyone! My longstanding love-affair with the wonderful world of professional wrestling is alive & well! I recently shot SPACE MONKEY, a short film / promotional video for the oh-so talented independent wrestler, Space Monkey.
“Hold on a minute, Glen! You made another wrestling movie?!”
This isn’t just another wrestling film — (but thank you for the chance to mention my previous wrestling film, SAVING FACE) — this film is an absurdist origin story for the character Space Monkey through the eyes of a grief-stricken Canadian Space Agency scientist.
If all things go well, I’m hoping to share this weirdo with the world in March. Until then, have a look at some photos (by Britt Edwards), whydontchya?
Dan Sanderson plays The Scientist.
DOP Mark Corless (who also shot GRAVE CONCERNS) helped me make this damn thing.
Here’s Mark and Steve Cutler, setting up the Steadycam and flipping off the Stills Photographer for no good reason at all. What a jerk.
Sound guy extraordinaire, Adam Burke, doing sound things.
That’s all for now. Can’t wait to share more, folks.
Until then, shoot for the stars!