About Me

Most days I’m just trying to take everything I’m learning and turn it into an animation that is both moving and interesting to look at and listen to.

Portrait by talented photographer Emily Galvin.
Portrait by talented photographer Emily Galvin.

Matt Van Rys
712.441.6255
matt@mattvanrys.com
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Hey there!

I’m Matt Van Rys, a producer and motion designer living in Savannah, Georgia. I’m originally from Canada, but I am also an American citizen. I have a BA in Art, with an emphasis in Graphic Design, Art History, and Fine Art. I am currently earning my MFA in Motion Media from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where my artistic interests are turning toward projection mapping, experiential installation, and interactive projection art.

I have been a commercial designer for over thirteen years now, working in branding, advertising, print, web, and motion design. I worked for an advertising agency for nine years and have been a freelance designer ever since. I have also been an adjunct art professor, teaching courses in web design, motion graphics, and advanced graphic design.

The key things my experiences have taught me is to always be learning and experimenting, to treat people with respect, and to work hard for what you love. This has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing people, learning everyday along the way. I love leading teams of talented creatives and managing projects; collaboration is one of the best parts about working in design fields. I really enjoy the ideation process, whether with a group or solo; I’m self-sufficient and easy to work with, always happy to both give and receive critique. Most of my existing motion design work is 2D vector graphics (probably due to my graphic design background), but my personal study interests lie in live action and photo-real 3D CG work, which is what I like to study when I have extra time.

In my free-time, I like to recharge my “creative batteries” with activities such as these: traveling, hiking, reading, visiting museums, watching live comedy or music, having drinks and good conversations with close friends, visiting family, watching great films, or simply learning something new. My favorite fruit is Pineapple (without the pen), my favorite snack is ketchup chips (Canadian and really tasty), my favorite candy is Cadbury Crunchie (a chocolate toffee bar from Britain also available in Canada), and my favorite drink is vodka tonic (with Titos vodka if the bar has it).

I’m really impressed if you read all the way to the bottom. I also like to write.