California Institute of the Arts:
Experimental Animation



Matt Reed received a BFA in Film/Video and a MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. Reed became interested in the hybridization of ancient art crafting practices, science fiction and the metaphysical. Blending 2D and 3D animation techniques in a unique colorful style all his own, as exhibited in his short films Ancient Eyes (KAFF New York and Cine UC, 2014) and Cosmic Egg (Slamdance Anarchy Program and the Tripotecha Film Festival, 2015). Reed is best known for his Creative Direction and Animation for Universal’s Bob Marley: Easy Skanking in Boston 78’ where he crafted tropical and transcendent black-light inspired animation to fill missing segments from a previously unreleased Bob Marley concert filmed in Boston Massachusetts, Matt’s hometown. He teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, where he offers courses in digital animation production, virtual reality and biodesign entrepreneurship. His current work involves brainwave interactivity in a virtual reality context, considering the potential of brainwave responsive light therapy as a possible method of treating coma patients.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library