MATTHEW POIDEVINENG CAMERA AND EDITOR AT WIN NEWS
I’m Matthew Poidevin, 26 years old, currently residing in country in Victoria and working for Australia’s largest privately owned free to air television network. I currently hold a Bachelor of Film Production and an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media that specialised in Digital Lighting and Compositing for Visual Effects.
I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects covering many forms of media including film production, television production, news and current affairs, corporate videos, music videos and online media. I am the co owner of Eyre Highway Productions Pty Ltd with good friend and writer/researcher John Smithers. We have an office in Australia and in London, UK. I’m also members of the Australian Directors Guild (ADG), MEAA and hold an accreditation in cinematography with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Art (AACTA).
What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
For me, seeing the magic of illusion on the screen as child got me thinking how did they do that? Armed with a cheap standard definition video camera I set out to try re create this magic myself and falling in love with the idea of just going out and shooting something and watching it back with my family and being amazed at what I captured. However, it wasn’t until I got the opportunity to work as an extra on Channel 10’s children’s show, The Elephant Princess, and being surrounded by fifty crew, six or seven 35mm film cameras, dollies and techno cranes when I knew I really wanted to pursue a exciting career in film production.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
My fondest memories of my time at SAE would be, surrounded by like-minded individuals who all had their own interests in various crew roles. Which ultimately made the experience of filming group projects fair more enjoyable and rewarding because we had the space really delve into work that we were so passionate about, you just knew that everyone was putting in 110%. I’d like to make mention of the friendships I’ve made with those classmates and it’s just wonderful to be able to work with them outside of the classroom.
Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
Studying at SAE allowed me to learn on real world industry facilities and by creating an environment to allow myself to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes, but ultimately having the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the industry and to take specialised classes which have armed me with the tools I needed to get the jobs, make the deals and to be on the same page as industry personnel who have thirty-forty years of experience.
What are your career highlights?
I’m currently having the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s finest film crews. I’m particularly proud of and very lucky to be in a position going into directing my first full length feature film titled The Nullarbor and working closely with the costume designer and production designer of Sweet Country, one of the producers of Wolf Creek, the director of photography of McCloud’s Daughters and securing top notch national and international actors with Heesom Casting in South Australia. To this date, this would have to be “the highlight” of my career so far and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on my multi million-dollar feature film directorial debut titled The Nullarbor. The Nullarbor captures a pivotal moment in Australian history and centres in on the Mundrabillia UFO Incident that took place on January 20th 1988. This will be a 90min film intended for theatrical release. My team and I are currently in negotiations with a local distributor and Australian funding bodies to finance and distribute the film.
What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
You have to be prepared to work incredibly hard and to deal with and knock down any obstacles that will stand in your way. The other important thing is to just to reach out and talk to people that have been around for a long time. Make attempts to connect with people who have worked on your favourite film or product in your chosen field, because when you get that chance to have that conversation you will learn so much more then you realise and this will be a true motivator to propel you up and beyond and don’t be afraid to pitch ideas to them. You just have to do it and not take it too seriously.