Director / DP / Filmmaker / Writer / Storyteller / Artist
Fueled by a passion for visual storytelling, Matthew Ward has over 20 years of experience in pre-visualization and digital cinematography specializing in working directly with film directors and production designer to help realize their films.
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 camera patents, Ward has strongly contributed to the design of new pipelines for pre-visualization and modern virtual 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.
A strong diversity of skills has given Ward the opportunity to take on numerous roles in filmmaking, including concept art, pre-visualization & cinematography, art direction, and final 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, Super Adventure Club, Jeff Campbell, Glen Phillips, Toad the Wet Sprocket and CAKE.
In 2013, Ward joined the talented crew at BUNGiE as the Cinematic Director for their breakthrough video game DESTINY and all subsequent DLCs and sequel releases, including DESTINY 2 and the upcoming DESTINY 2: Forsaken. Responsible for directing all cinematic content in the game, Ward has also built strong collaborative relationships and co-directed content with external partners 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 and producing small creative projects that result in innovative, thought-provoking short films and music videos for diverse audiences.