We caught up with Alumni Matt Subieta-Cheda. He tells us about his achievements, living abroad and his passion for history and culture.
What have you done since leaving AFTT (formely known as IFSS)?
Since graduating, I worked for 6 months at Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney (TV & Media) as a Imaging Visual Producer and DOP. Then in June 2012 I moved to New York where I was hired as a Creative Director of Platige Image - a leading Polish Film and Animation Company.
In 2013, I became interested in history and culture so I moved back to Poland to work for the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk as Director and Editor.
During this time, I developed my TV docudrama series about World War 2 in Africa in the role of Writer and Creative Producer. I've just finalised the teaser and script then I plan to sell it in Australia, Europe or US. If you are interested in this project, you can get more info at www.oddbods.tv. I am also developing two other feature films which focus on historical stories.
What is the best part of working abroad?
The multicultural environments where you can exchange experiences with people from various backgrounds but primarily - efficient systems of work environment.
How did you get these roles?
I am hard-working and flexible. I have gained a lot of experience as an Illustrator, an Animator, an Editor, a Creative Director and a Writer/Director/Producer.
What advice would you give to other students?
Watch films, read books, experiment, don't be afraid of failures. Focus on other people's stories instead of your own.
Don't wait for the opportunity. Work hard, save money, and do your own thing in the spare time. Create opportunities!
What was your favourite thing about AFTT (formely known as IFSS)?
Chill atmosphere and a program that allows you to experiment and follow your own artistic path.
What was the most important thing you learnt at AFTT(formely known as IFSS)?
Production workflow, opportunity to experiment and doing projects free of any external boundaries. Working with actors in English - English is my second language.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Cannes Golden Lion, screening in Cannes festival, being alive and positive about my future.
Thank you Matt, for taking the time to share your journey with us. We wish you all the very best in the future and hope to hear more of your achievements in the future!
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