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Meet Matthew Incontri in Brighton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Incontri.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Animation and filmmaking became one of the first ways I learned to communicate with the world. As a young boy growing up in California, I was notorious with my friends and family for watching the Looney Tunes and Hana Barbara cartoons for hours at a time and it engraved itself into my character, mannerisms and humor. As I grew up and my interests changed, animation always remained a constant in my life. I began drawing at a young age as a tool to tell the silly stories in my head but began realizing I had a knack for it. After High school, I attended Northern Essex Community College for Graphic Design and although it wasn’t my main passion, Graphic Design has helped my work in more ways than I could have imagined and it helped me to build my portfolio so I could later get into Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When I arrived MassArt, I had little to no idea how to animate but I had a whole lot of ambition to help me figure it out. I learned so much throughout my four years and when I finally reached senior year I was ready to take on the goliath that was my degree project. I had an entire year to create one film and as the dumb and ambitious student I was, I endeavored on a 10-minute animated film about cancer. In the end my senior film “Motion Pictures” ended up taking two years to complete, but I did survive and emerged a better animator. Since then I gained a fantastic job as a motion graphics artist at PTC, a global tech company, and have continued creating personal and freelance animation work in my free time. “Motion Pictures” has opened a lot of doors for me and continues to fuel my ambition and show more of what I am capable of. I am excited for my future in animation and to see where this drive to create life on paper takes me.

Has it been a smooth road?
Although I could draw and express myself, I found it really hard to get motivated and stay diligent with my artwork. Drawing was like a cheap bar trick I could use to impress my friends and I never used it to create anything meaningful in my early days. So with that being said, when it came to applying to colleges, I seriously struggled putting a portfolio together. My work was weak and crass but thankfully when I got into Massart and was exposed to the talent of my classmates and the world, I began to pull myself together and really pursue animation with passion. I have achieved a mindset of self-determination but there are still times I find my creative self-fading and I actively try to continue feeding that flame.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My specialization and overall main passion is storytelling through 2D animation. I entered the animation world wanting to draw and 2D animation allows me to do that on a daily basis. Although this form of animation is one of the most time consuming and expensive art forms out there, I am extremely proud that I can still achieve a steady flow of work through it while still improving my personal portfolio. My personal film “Motion Pictures” has created a wave of work coming in for me and several times I have been asked to replicate the similar style to my film and as a creative, it means a lot to be creating work I am proud of.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I truly believe that the Boston area is an incredible place to learn, innovate and collaborate. I have learned so much from this city and have come to realize that there is plenty of animation work to be done in Boston on a small scale. In-house animation positions are becoming more and more popular with rising companies seeing the power of animation in business and social media. I believe that the animation community here will grow as more startup-like companies arise needing the brand exposure that animation can provide.

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