Never Meet Your Hero


It's been a while since I've posted on this blog and I feel like right now is the appropriate time to do it! It's been a whirlwind year for myself and the team, after completing a string of commercial music videos in the first half of 2015, as well as pieces for HTC global and other corporate clients. I've been on Australian soil for the better part of the last 3 months, which has been a welcome break to the frantic travelling of late 2014/early 2015. After all this hustle and bustle, in May I decided to take a break from production to pursue painting. The result is a series which is based on and inspired by my time in the entertainment industry, called 'Never Meet Your Hero'. The creative process started with clay sculptures, and then progressed into acrylic paintings. The pieces explore the emotions and thoughts I experienced while working heavily in the entertainment industry and how, in many ways, it was detrimental to my health for a period of time. The works are a genuine processing and a rebuilding of sorts, and a way I've been able to understand and appreciate the tumultuous nature of the beast. There is an inconvenient truth in them, which has taught me much about myself as an artist both on the canvas and in the other creative disciplines I practice. Some lessons aren't easily learnt, but I'm sturdier than before because of this one. My intention is that they would be an inspiration and a resuscitation to those who see them, to pursue their creative desires in the face of any opposing voice. 

I'm proud to announce that you can see the works this month throughout 16th - 30th September, in my home suburb - Manly. The exhibition will be held at Belgrave Cartel and the launch party is from 6pm on the 16th. Original works and a limited edition prints will be for sale. 

Shortly after the exhibition I will be commencing a period of international travel, with exciting developments on the horizon in the realm of production once again. Stay tuned for more updates - I will be posting more regularly on here! 

Matt

Telling secrets to the stars

Today saw the premiere of the new music video for Phebe Starr's 'Tonight', on Interview Magazine.

This is one of my favourite videos that I've done, as it allowed for a more fashionable and artistic statement to be made. The clothing by Adrian Bressanuti provided an exquisite character enhancement for Phebe and Thomas Taylor, the male lead in the video.

This was all about collaboration; I had the pleasure of working with some great new people as well as the usual suspect Pat Frischknecht as DOP. We shot in December at the Mr & Mrs White Studio in Mona Vale, Sydney. Again, the furniture and textiles, as well as the space itself, became another character in the piece. The synergy between all the visual elements blended so well together, which is a testament to all the team involved.

The video itself ended up taking on an eerie persona. I was inspired by the countless horror and ghost flicks I used to watch as a child (I know, that probably explains a lot). This said, I wanted the overall direction of the piece to be sophisticated and visually beautiful.

I hope you enjoy it - stay tuned for another music video release in the next few days... Wink wink...


Winner of Genero/eHarmony Competition

I'm excited to announce that I am the winner of the Genero eHarmony competition at genero.tv!  A few weeks ago I was told about the competition and thought it would be a great one to enter - the only problem was, it was only a day before the entries were due! Despite the lack of time I thought we should give it a crack, so I pulled together a shoot with the team with less than 12 hours notice, and came up with a concept.

The next morning, we shot the piece at The Troubadour in Manly, bright and early. I spent the morning editing around other engagements, but managed to finish it just in time.  

The piece starred Elisa Colla, who will play Penelope in my upcoming short film.

Here's some press by Campaign Brief which tells the full story.

- Matt Sharp

Sirens

This February I travelled to London & Paris and shot the debut music video Sirens, for my long time friend and talented artist Lucy Mason.

Filmed amidst cold & beautifully haunting European streets and urban settings, Sirens came to life with Lucy's outstanding performance and charm. The nature of the shoot meant that we were often rushed to get the shots we needed, but Lucy stole the show even amongst crowds of people at Camden Stable Markets in London. 

After touring with Matt Corby throughout the UK, Lucy now is now headed to Sydney to record her new EP. 

Read more about Lucy at lucymasonmusic.com and look out for her upcoming releases!

- Matt Sharp

Jurassica Unleashed

I'm proud to announce the release of the latest music video from Matt Sharp Creative, Phebe Starr's 'Jurassica'. Envisioned over a year ago and shot in January this year, Jurassica parallels both the explosion of Starr's music and the flag-fall to my new series of projects. 

It's a video that has evolved and revolved, especially throughout the post production process. This feels apt, given the subject and meaning behind the video. We could have released 50 very different versions of this clip, but the direction chosen in the edit is reflective of successful experimentation and 'letting our hair down' a bit.

I had a great time working with Phebe Starr once again. She is a talented artist who is really starting to make waves both locally and internationally. From the moment I sat down in her home and she played Jurassica to me on her piano (a piano on which perched a toy dinosaur!), an exciting image and direction started to form about the world we would create for the music video. That was just a short time after I directed her debut clip, Alone With You

A year later, and shooting the video came with many challenges and hurdles, but then what shoot doesn't? We managed to pack four locations at polar opposite ends of Sydney into two frantic but lively days of shooting.  From filthy storm debris polluting the river where we shot the river scene, to muddy grounds on the desert location, to beating sun at the cliff location; the crew worked like superheroes to get the video shot, and they did it with passion. 

I was thrilled to be shooting on an Arri Alexa for the first time, which provided stunning images that matched the vision of the piece so well. Patrick Frischknecht (DOP) and his camera crew manned the beast of a thing, weighing in at over 18kg (doesn't sound too bad right? Until you need to walk it through mud and water all day!). But it was all worth it in the end, right Patrick?

I look forward to bringing you a behind the scenes video in the near future, but for now you can see production stills by Charlotte Norsa here.

I hope you enjoy Jurassica as much as I enjoyed making it.

- Matt Sharp

Brooklyn Beatz

It's fascinating that sometimes, things just come together like magic. Don't you think? The world is full of endless potential associations and patterns. We just need to identify them and bring them together to communicate them.

It went a bit like that with my latest piece for C3 Church Brooklyn. The idea was to compose a song to which the video would be accompanied. Sounds straight forward, just like any video. However, what was different about this composition is that every sound, every beat, every vocal was to be found from footage I shot on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Furthermore, I wanted the visual that corresponded to each sound to remain integrous and unmoved - every sound you hear was to come from the footage you are seeing at that moment.  It's like looking for a needle in a haystack... It's one thing to find a melody, a note or a beat from within hours of footage; but then to make it match up with the previous melody, note or beat is another story. But that's what happened, and to my surprise, quite naturally so.

Once the beat was laid (using a sample from a street drummer and looping it) sounds just emerged from the footage like they were screaming to be in it. My favourite moment was finding a sound from a nearby building site (metal on metal) that clanged in the same key as the rest of the song.

You could say the song built itself, creating a living musical representation of the environment from which the footage came. Cool thought right? Check out the video below

- Matt Sharp