Say hello to Matteo :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I am from Pisa, Italy. Thanks to my family, I have been a traveller since I was a kid. Today, I still go on adventures with them or with my friends from all over the world. I have been to Egypt a few times, Kenya, Zanzibar, Capoverde, Maldives, and Tunisia. In Europe, I have been pretty much everywhere, from Scotland to Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, England, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, France, and of course, Italy.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I would say definitely Kenya. It’s hard to describe or even to imagine such a magical place if you have never been to it. There was a sort of sublime nature, beyond all possibility of calculation or imitation.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
My grandfather is an actor, and in my family, we have always been “film-goers.” At the age of six, I started producing my first movies – they were pretty funny, but ambitious at the same time for a kid. I have never lost this passion, and now at the age of 20, I am still here recording with my camera.
What types of motion pictures do you make?
I make music videos, especially for rap artists. I had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the game – I will be forever thankful for this. I think my favorite movie I made is the one I shot and edited for Salmo – it was the last show off of his summer tour, so it was pretty important. It took me a lot of time and patience to do it – both, because I had to shoot an entire concert all by myself, and because post-production had been quite endless.
Name your top three favorite filmmakers.
My top three list is based on the ones that shaped my style and helped me improve my works – they are my role models.
- Jason Goldwatch. The master – I have been looking up to him since I first got into this industry. I like to define myself as a videographer because of him. Without Jason Goldwatch, there would have never been Matwop.
- GoodboyShady. I think I am a GoodboyShady wannabe. His works are so clean – at the same time, they are relaxing and powerful. His cinematography is something you cannot describe – it takes you inside those crazy visuals.
- Quentin Tarantino. Last, but not least – he is my favorite director ever. Tarantino changed the game – he molded the way people look to cinematography and how people do it.
What will you be doing five years from now?
I hope I will still be doing what I like – making movies, and who knows, maybe living in the USA where I will certainly find my path.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
It was last summer. I was filming a rap duo called “The Hooligans” during one of their concerts. I was on stage with my camera when a member of our crew gave me some physical copies of their album and I almost did a stage dive on to hundreds of screaming fans throwing these CDs. They literally ripped them out of my hands.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Go on tour with an artist. I have always been a traveller, so I love to explore new places, and obviously, I like filmmaking. To me, it would be the perfect combination to be able to make a living off of that. I would definitely enjoy that – I would like to say I could live on tour, making movies between travels, shows, and people.
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