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 film archive at Skywalker Ranch became his new school, where he absorbed hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes Star Wars footage. After banging on the doors of Industrial Light & Magic long enough, he was hired as a visual effects production assistant for Terminator 3 and Hulk.
Leveraging what he learned about computer graphics and post production at ILM, Thunell crossed the Golden Gate to coordinate visual effects at The Orphanage. The studio soon grew from 20 people to 100, and he cut his teeth along the way on high-profile features such as Superman Returns, Hellboy, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Thunell moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to produce visual effects, design, and editorial at 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, Rihanna, Ferrari, Audi, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Target, Dave Meyers, and Matthew Rolston. He also managed the Production staff at Radium’s Santa Monica studio.
When Radium moved Production to Dallas in 2011, Thunell went to creative powerhouse Motion Theory/Mirada — where most notably he produced the Jon Favreau-directed commercial for Wrigley 5 Gum “Choose Your Energy.” The spot features renowned parkour athlete Daniel Ilabaca and a fully CG, interactive environment. He worked closely with directors and creative executives such as Mathew Cullen, Grady Hall, and Javier Jimenez.
Since 2012, Thunell has focused on business development and strategy, currently as Executive Producer at Zoic Studios. Zoic specializes in visual effects/design/R&D for feature films, episodic television, advertising, video games, experiential, and data visualization, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. Recent projects and clients include: Lady Gaga, True Blood on HBO, Night at the Museum 3, Tim Burton, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Thunell is passionate about Timothy Ferriss inspired lifestyle design, self experimentation, Linklater films, Phish, and anything Alain de Botton, Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil.