Matthew Hightshoe

Matthew Hightshoe

Video Editor / Videographer at The Creative Cortex, LLC
Compositor, Director, Editor, Filmmaker, Motion Graphic Design, Storyboard Artist, Videographer, Concept Artist and Visual Effects Artist

Los Angeles, California

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About Matthew

I was 7 when I saw Poltergeist in 1982 and the house imploding at the end was what sealed the deal for me as a kid to want to know how movies were made. My parents encouraged all my creative interests as an artist and musician yet was never quite able to encourage me with filmmaking as a kid. I never had a video camera or a film camera to make my own movies. My interest were more in the actual behind the scenes stuff and my parents simply did not know how to foster any growth for me in this area. I would persue music composition and production design growing up.

Fast forward through the usual movie geek period. In short, I worked at the video store in high school. Spent my adolescence watching movies instead of dating or going out.Received my film school education through film production publications such as Fangoria, Starlog, Cinefantastique, Gore Zone, Cinefex and a few others. Also h every documentary and featurette that would appear on cable and on the VHS releases. Soundtrack music would become another aspect of filmmaking that I pursued as well.

As a result of Film Score Monthly and being an avid collector of film music since 1988 I obtained a huge knowledge base on the subject of composer for film and the industry. However, as in life, my adulthood would not go quite as I had planned.

After my undergrad I would pursue a career in Graphic Design, not Filmmaking or Music Composition. 2 years later I would apply to the AFI and wouldn't you know it, I got accepted. However, due to still owing a ton of money on my financial aid I could not get any loans to pay for schooling at the AFI. So while I used it as a means of getting our here to L.A., my future in filmmaking went the way of the Sana Ana winds.

Sparing all the turmoil I went through of being in a career for 15 years I did not enjoy or found rewarding, flash forward to 4 years ago when I made a conscious decision to get back into the industry. I had acquired the equipment needed to get started and build a portfolio as well as a small production business. I looked for people whom I could build a relationship with both as clients and as regular contracted production team members. I learned about business planning and legalities in order to maintain my business and protect myself and my intellectual properties from any potentially evil clients.

My company is called The Creative Cortex, LLC and focuses on providing media production services on smaller-scaled projects that are commonly requested from everyday people on everyday budgets, small businesses, and colleagues and peers in video production and film making. There is an occasional larger project for which I enjoy producing as it allows me to wrangle other peers and build a reliable "go to" team from time to time.

Check out the work I have done both on my own and with the assistance of my dedicated production team here on Stage 32 or on my company website at: www.thecreativecortex.com.

Unique traits: Ability to tell a story, you know, where you spin some wild tales and manipulate reality to create that suspension of disbelief and maybe throw in some character arcs for added depth and interest. Oh, I can also draw, use critical thinking to solve problems, and order people around,

Credits

  • "Spooky Empire" Shout-Out Promo

    "Spooky Empire" Shout-Out Promo (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Comedy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Video editor / Motion Graphics "Spooky Empire created a short video advertisement featuring the Chiodo Brothers announcing the May 2018 "Live To Film" concert all orchestra version of the score to Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I was asked to assist as a secondary editor on this promo video. I added the Titles, animated text throughout the video and the motion graphics at the end. This was done at zero hour so while it is not among my best, it still shows I can produce something decent under pressure.

  • KKFOS   Synth vs Orchestra

    KKFOS Synth vs Orchestra (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Video Editor In this short video we show the "before and after" comparison of how the score originally existed as an all "synth" score versus how it has been "re-imagined" for a full orchestra. we selected a scene from the film for which we were given access to both visually and musically. we edited this short segment for the sole purpose of showing people how the new music sounds and how it plays against the film. Listen as the music shifts back and forth from "all synth" to "all orchestra".

  • D4D Productions Animated Logo Concept #1

    D4D Productions Animated Logo Concept #1 (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Motion Graphics / Sound Design I was asked by a fellow artist to create several "concepts" to animate his logo. This is the first one that was completed for review. There are several more in production and will be released soon. When all are signed ff on by the artist "D" for Disgruntled, those files will be made available for viewing on his YouTube Channel.

  • INVITE the Killer Klown World Invasion to YOUR Town!

    INVITE the Killer Klown World Invasion to YOUR Town! (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Videographer / Video Editor A Killer Klown World Invasion is Coming to YOUR Town! The love and power of all the Killer Klown fans can bring John Massari and The Dickies to your city. Reach out to your local orchestra and request that they contact rknight@KMIPresents.com to program this awesome Live-to-Film performance for their next concert season! https://www.kmipresents.com/ #kkfosnation #kkfos30 Video promo produced by Matthew Hightshoe and Chuck Cirino. Editied by Matthew Hightshoe of https://www.thecreativecortex.com/

  • "ReD"

    "ReD" (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Video Editor Experimental music elicits an experimental response with video editing. I was approached with what was originally going to be just a simple video and audio sync job but after it was completed, the musician/composer (Hillary Fielding aka: Blancah Black) and I both agreed it was flat and boring. What resulted was a journey into true collaborative creative team work. I like to call "painting with After effects". Listening to the music initially without any context behind it or knowing what the narrative was about resulted in much of what is currently in the final video. After being informed of the narrative, I worked with the musician / composer to add a couple of extra elements, tone down and remove others and ultimately dividing the visual aspect into three moments of building tension, as occurs in the music. This was an exciting project and one that may never come around again which is why I jumped at the chance to be part of it. Copyright Notice: The song originally was composed and performed for use by the record label, Bridge Records, which had an exclusive rights holding for two years. The project was called the $100 Guitar Project in which a $100 used guitar was shipped around the country to a wide variety of guitarists on which a song of their own was to be performed. The resulting individual music tracks were then collected by the recording label as a large compilation album. This album is still available on Amazon and there is a YouTube playlist that features all the songs as well as this one - sans the video I made this year that accompanied the track. It i worth noting that the video footage in my video was shot by someone else and was shot at the time Hillary was performing her song on the $100 guitar that would later be included on the compilation album. Now that rights have expired and the song has since been copyrighted by Hillary Fielding. We are posting it here until her company's YouTube page and website are finished being built. Once they are done, we will remove the video from here and transplant it to her channel. Fielding Media Associates Website: fieldingmedia.com

  • Invasion Hollywood: The Effects Before & After Comparison

    Invasion Hollywood: The Effects Before & After Comparison (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Videographer / Video Editor Here is a side by side comparison of the original footage we shot and edited together before applying the effects. This is slightly truncated from the final version. Enjoy! Effects Performed: 1. Debris from pre-keyed footage that we own was composited in. 2. Opacity & Channel Mixing for the pulsating lights. 3. Google Sketch Up to create the Clown Ship and composite it in. 4. A variety of effect plugins in After Effects for the teleportation and effects related to the Ship flying and landing. 5. Created & Composited in elements that did not exist in the original footage - the marquee, the Klown Picture. 6. Added the sound effects which really sells the short film.

  • Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #004

    Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #004 (2018)
    Videographer / Video Editor The fourth video in an ongoing series of videos documenting select demolition projects executed by Catalpa Excavation. You will see that we approached the video and all the subsequent videos with the intent of telling a narrative about the process rather than through together a bunch of random shots. The first video is more direct in documentation and color timing but the subsequent videos progressively get more stylistic with the aesthetic color and contrast. Amazingly, TCC used a one person crew was all tht was used. This consisted of one DSLR, a mono-pod, a hand-held stabilizer when needed and a mounted mic. TCC was also responsible for the editing.

  • Q & A Panels

    Q & A Panels (2017 - 2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Documentary and History) Videographer / Editor For a year, my company served as the in-house dedicated production team to document all the Q & Panels held at Creature Features in Burbank, CA. The link provided is to samples of some of the panels we covered, about half to be exact. We have another 8 panel discussions we are attempting to finish between other projects. Creature Features was a "pro-bono" client so all of the work we did for them was free and a testing ground for us. So when paid projects come around, CF projects get put on the back burner.

  • Re-Imaging the score

    Re-Imaging the score (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Comedy, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Director / Editor We were privy to documenting the recording session at The Bridge Recording Studio. We captured a lot of BTS footage as well as conducted interviews with various Crowd Funders who had the opportunity to attend the sessions. We assembled a video to promote the upcoming album featuring the newly recorded music. I did shoot some of the footage featured in the first half of the video but my team of two camera guys shot the entire recording session so I give them the credit as they followe my direction and prodcued a full day's worth of footage from which to use in this video.

  • Invasion of Hollywood: The Full Short

    Invasion of Hollywood: The Full Short (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Director / Cinematographer / Editor / VFX / Sound The Killer Klowns have invaded Hollywood for a one-night concert event at the Montalban theater. They sent out one of their Klowns ahead of time to be first in line and beat the crowds in order to round up all the tickets so no human can attend. This is the complete film from which the various clips were made that were seen on various websites and social media sites to help promote the "Live To Film" concert event featuring an orchestra version of the film score to Killer Klowns From Outer Space performed in sync to the film. This event marked the 30th anniversary of the film's release. #KKFOS30, #johnmassari, #thechiodobrothers, #themontalbantheater

  • Live To Film

    Live To Film (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Editor Continuing in the series of social media promotional videos that we created to help promote the "Re-Imaging" of the score to Killer Klowns From Outer Space", this second video focused on the "Live-To-Film" concert event that coincided with two other important events. The first being the album release (from ) with the newly recorded score and most importantly, the 30th anniversary of the film.

  • Sky Fighter Indiegogo Campaign Video

    Sky Fighter Indiegogo Campaign Video (2018)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Documentary, Sci-Fi and Biography) Director / Cinematographer / Editor / Sound Lukas Kendall, mostly known for creating and operating Film Score Monthly for almost 20 years, has ventured into his own passion for filmmaking. He is currently developing a Sci-Fi short film that will serve as a proof of concept for a larger feature film. We worked closely with Lukas to craft a crowdfunding video that is truly "Lukas" in every sense.

  • Promo Ad - Cesura Youth Orchestra Benefit Event

    Promo Ad - Cesura Youth Orchestra Benefit Event (2017)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Video Editor We filmed this short promotional video ad that John Massari used in his marketing efforts to bring awareness to the Cesura Youth Orchestra. We had to preform some post-production VFX clean-up on the mic attached to his shirt collar. The mic was pulling too much due to the wire placement running under his leather jacket. We corrected the placement. Ironically, the audio captured from the lavaliere mic was not used as it captured every crinkle movement of the leather jacket. Luckily we had a second audio recording source that we were able to use as a back-up that did not have noise pollution issues.

  • Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #003

    Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #003 (2017)
    Video by The Creative Cortex (Documentary) Videographer / Video Editor The third video in an ongoing series of videos documenting select demolition projects executed by Catalpa Excavation. You will see that we approached the video and all the subsequent videos with the intent of telling a narrative about the process rather than through together a bunch of random shots. The first video is more direct in documentation and color timing but the subsequent videos progressively get more stylistic with the aesthetic color and contrast. Amazingly, TCC used a one person crew was all that was used. This consisted of one DSLR, a mono-pod, a hand-held stabilizer when needed and a mounted mic. TCC was also responsible for the editing.

  • Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #002

    Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #002 (2017)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Videographer / Video Editor The second video in an ongoing series of videos documenting select demolition projects executed by Catalpa Excavation. You will see that we approached the video and all the subsequent videos with the intent of telling a narrative about the process rather than through together a bunch of random shots. The first video is more direct in documentation and color timing but the subsequent videos progressively get more stylistic with the aesthetic color and contrast. Amazingly, TCC used a one person crew was all that was used. This consisted of one DSLR, a mono-pod, a hand-held stabilizer when needed and a mounted mic. TCC was also responsible for the editing.

  • Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #001

    Catalpa Excavation Demolition Series: #001 (2017)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Videographer / Video Editor The first video in an ongoing series of videos documenting select demolition projects executed by Catalpa Excavation. You will see that we approached the video and all the subsequent videos with the intent of telling a narrative about the process rather than through together a bunch of random shots. The first video is more direct in documentation and color timing but the subsequent videos progressively get more stylistic with the aesthetic color and contrast. Amazingly, TCC used a one person crew was all that was used. This consisted of one DSLR, a mono-pod, a hand-held stabilizer when needed and a mounted mic. TCC was also responsible for the editing.

  • Cinema Scoring Project

    Cinema Scoring Project (2017)
    Video by The Creative Cortex Videographer / Video Editor We shot and edited this project for Cinema Scoring. This is the final cut for review while awaiting a final music mix track. We recorded our own scratch audio track which turned out quite well and is what is currently being used. The final music mix is supposed to have additional musical layers and performances recorded elsewhere. For now, we have locked this version down as the final cut until we receive the final music mix. This cut is currently under review by Cinema scoring.

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