A graduate from The Arts University Bournemouth, Matt Chandler, was flown to Hollywood in January 2008 to accept the award for ‘Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series’ from the Visual Effects Society, hosted at the legendary Kodak Theatre. The award came as a result of his team’s work on the BBC series ‘Fight for Life’; with Matt as ‘Technical Director – Visual Effects’, for Jellyfish Pictures.
Matt was Lead Artist on the project; which also won the Royal Television Society Craft and Design Award in the ‘Visual Effects – Digital Effects’ category in November 2007, where it was described as: ‘an impressive execution and seamless integration, the success of the programme relied on the believability of the digital effects. A truly intense visual experience.’
‘Fight for Life’ aired on the BBC during August 2007, documenting life through various stages from birth to death with stunning visual effects of internal body parts for which Matt, as part of the Jellyfish Pictures team, was responsible.
Delighted with winning two highly acclaimed awards, Matt said: “It was a fantastic project to work and collaborate with all the other artists on. We are all delighted with the programme and how highly regarded it has become. It was a wonderful experience and very rewarding to see the work recognised at the VES awards – particularly in the presence of Hollywood directors and industry giants. Everyone at Jellyfish worked really hard, day and night seven days a week for almost a year to produce what we are now able to celebrate.”
In addition, Matt has recently received one of the greatest accolades of his career – a BAFTA for ‘Fight for Life’, beating ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Rome’ and ‘Primeval’.
Matt Chandler graduated from The Arts University Bournemouth in 2002 from the BA (Hons) Modelmaking course. He worked as a freelance modelmaker for four years before taking his current position at Jellyfish Pictures.