Matthew James Gamlen is a Designer, Art Director, and Filmmaker based in Portland, OR. He partners with agencies, studios, brands, and fellow artists to craft impactful work in a wide range of digital and traditional media. His expansive portfolio spanning nearly two decades encompasses commercials, narrative and documentary films, title sequences, music videos, and live installations, with roots in brand design, interactive, and print.
Matthew’s work explores the convergence of art, technology, and culture. Driven by his curiosity for the myriad layers of texture, pattern, frequency, and form in the natural world, his renowned visual style draws on geometry, optical illusion, psychedelics, and science fiction. In live action, he employs experimental lighting and art direction, practical effects, high speed cinematography, robotic motion control, and projection mapping. His rare versatility allows him to seamlessly blend mediums to craft captivating stories and elegant, meaningful visual systems.
Matthew’s acclaimed work for Anki Overdrive incorporates robotic motion control, extensive vfx, and futuristic motion graphics to energize the AI brand. Matthew’s design and motion direction helped Vicis launch the Zero One, a helmet designed to dramatically reduce sport-related head injury. Matthew’s innate ability to bridge technology and art was demonstrated through leading design on an intuitive desktop software application used to program cinematic robots for Motorized Precision, effectively reshaping the motion control industry.
In the past, Matthew has been fortunate to work with some of the most brilliant people in the industry at companies such as Wieden+Kennedy, Instrument, Cinco Design, North, Tangible Worldwide, and other top agencies and studios. He’s led award-winning work for major brands, including Adidas, Google, Laika, Nike, Pitchfork, Smith, Sony, Target, TEDx, T-Mobile, and Vice. He also helped shape music filmmaking collective, Into The Woods, and continues to direct music videos today.
Outside of industry work, Matthew is an avid photographer, shooting in both film and digital formats. His love for wilderness exploration and extensive travels have enriched his view of the world and artistic point of view. He is a strong advocate for the environment and traditional cultures, contributing his expertise to media-related projects for indigenous peoples and other non-profit organizations. Matthew believes in the power of art and copy to amplify ideas, stories, and products that unite and empower people to create a better future.
National MS Society
The Creators Project
Paste Magazine: EA Play 2016
The Verge: EA Play 2016
Wired: Vicis Announce
No Film School: Motorized Precision
AbelCine: Motorized Precision
Premium Beat: Motorized Precision
Vice/Creators: The Glitch Mob - Behind The Blade
Webby Awards - Best User Experience: Clif Bar - Feed Your Adventure
One Show: Interactive Gold: Integrated Campaign for ParaNorman
Webby Honoree: Best Visual Design Aesthetic ParaNorman
AICP NEXT: Integrated Campaign ParaNorman
Fader: Y La Bamba - "Juniper" Music Video Premiere
AgencySpy: Y La Bamba "Juniper" / Tangible Worldwide