Matt Thunell is an executive producer with over 14 years of experience working at prominent creative studios and visual effects facilities.
While studying rhetoric and film at UC Berkeley, Thunell started his career as an intern at Lucasfilm. The Skywalker Ranch became his new school, where he absorbed hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes Star Wars footage. This led to a stint at Industrial Light & Magic where he worked on Terminator 3 and Ang Lee’s Hulk, under VFX luminaries Dennis Muren and Pablo Helman.
Leveraging what he learned from the Lucas companies about computer graphics and post production, Thunell joined The Orphanage during their fledgling years. The studio grew from 20 people to 100, and he cut his teeth as a VFX Coordinator on films such as Superman Returns and Hellboy.
Thunell moved to Los Angeles in 2006 as a Producer for Radium. Reel FX’s acquisition of Radium in 2007 diversified the studio, and he branched out to special attractions and interactive media. Key brands and clients included: Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Ferrari, Audi, Dave Meyers, and Matthew Rolston. He also managed the Production staff at the Santa Monica studio.
In 2011 Thunell pivoted to design powerhouse Motion Theory, where most notably he produced the Jon Favreau-directed commercial for Wrigley 5Gum. He worked closely with co-founders Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez.
Since 2012 Thunell has focused on business development, strategy, and vision, currently as Executive Producer at Zoic Studios. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver, Zoic specializes in film, episodic television, advertising, games, music videos, and special attractions. Zoic Labs is an R&D branch that specializes in data visualization and experiential projects. Recent projects and clients include: Taylor Swift, Tim Burton, Sony PS4, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Thunell is passionate about Timothy Ferriss inspired lifestyle design, self experimentation, Linklater films, spinning, Phish, and anything Ray Kurzweil.