Director / DP / Filmmaker / Writer / Storyteller / Artist
Fueled by a passion for visual storytelling, Matthew Ward has over 20 years of experience in pre-visualization, cinematography and digital filmmaking, often working directly with film directors, production designers, and game devs to help realize their films and game narratives.
His contributions span numerous live action and animated feature films, including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Titan A.E., The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Polar Express, Catwoman, Superman Returns, War of the Worlds, Monster House, Beowulf, Disney's A Christmas Carol, Mars Needs Moms, Escape From Planet Earth, The Walk, and Welcome to Marwen.
Listed as inventor on two Walt Disney Pictures virtual-camera patents, Ward has strongly contributed to the design of new pipelines for pre-visualization and modern virtual production and cinematography techniques used in such films as Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, and James Cameron's Avatar. With this experience in practical and digital filmmaking, Ward has played numerous key roles in including motion capture & VO direction, concept art, pre-visualization & cinematography, art direction, and character animation. As an independent director and filmmaker, Ward has been featured by several international film festivals, earned Addy nominations for two of his commercials and directed music videos of major artists including Megan Slankard, Jeff Campbell, Glen Phillips, Toad the Wet Sprocket and CAKE.
In 2013, Ward joined the talented team at BUNGiE as the Cinematic Director for the breakthrough video game franchise, DESTINY and DESTINY 2. Responsible for directing all cinematic content in the game and leading the teams tasked in doing so, Ward has built strong collaborative relationships, revamped pipelines, and acted as showrunning director when working with external partner studios including AXIS STUDIOS, DIGIC PICTURES, and BLUR STUDIO.
Ward continues to work and consult with talented directors whose unique stories drive the medium of film to its limits. When not immersed in a major production, he enjoys directing, producing, and consulting on creative projects that result in innovative, thought-provoking short films and music videos for all audiences.