Producer & Motion Designer

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About Me

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

Photo by the amazing Yunqian “Q” Lin.

Hi there!

I’m Matt Van Rys, a producer and motion designer living in Savannah, Georgia, and an art educator currently teaching digital fluency at SCAD Savannah. 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 recently earned my MFA in Motion Media from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where I focused in projection mapping, experiential installation, and interactive projection art.

I have been a commercial designer for over fifteen 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 art professor, teaching courses in web design, motion graphics, and advanced graphic design.

The key things my experience has 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 always happy to both give and receive critique. My personal artistic study interests are currently focused on the methods and theories surrounding spatial moving images and their practical design and execution (particularly in interactive or generative installations).

In my free-time, I like to recharge my “creative batteries” with activities such as: 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, my favorite snack is ketchup chips, my favorite candy is a Cadbury Crunchie, and my favorite drink is a vodka tonic.

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