Dora legs up our ex­plorer

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

MEET the Bond Univer­sity grad­u­ate back on the Gold Coast thanks to a glo­be­trot­ting Latino teen called Dora.

Matthew Beecher, from Goul­burn, NSW, has worked on com­mer­cials, in tele­vi­sion and on block­buster films ev­ery­where from Lon­don and Mon­treal to Syd­ney, Namibia, South Africa, China and most re­cently Hawaii, since he grad­u­ated from Bond in 2007 with a de­gree in film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion.

“I’ve worked on some clunkers and I’ve worked on some great movies, but I’ve never had a bad time on any of them,” said Beecher, who spe­cialises in me­dia and data man­age­ment and also works in visual ef­fects co-or­di­na­tion.

Af­ter work­ing on epic pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing Mad Max:

Fury Road, the Ja­son Bourne fea­ture and lead­ing di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg’s Ready

Player One, Beecher re­turned to the Coast to join the crew of James Bobin’s live-ac­tion

Dora The Ex­plorer movie, while his im­pres­sive list of film cred­its in­cludes the up­com­ing Triple Fron­tier (mo­cap-pre­vis lead artist: proxi), Pa­cific Rim: Up­ris­ing

(as­sis­tant visual ef­fects co-or­di­na­tor),

Ready Player One (as­sis­tant visual ef­fects co-or­di­na­tor), Ja­son Bourne (as­sis­tant vfx co-or­di­na­tor) and Gods of

Egypt (data co-or­di­na­tor), Beecher said his jour­ney into the in­dus­try was an un­likely one.

“In the area I grew up, it was never a vi­able ca­reer. It wasn’t on the cards,” he said.

That all changed when op­por­tu­nity knocked as a host of US pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing the

Ma­trix series, Moulin Rouge and two Star Wars pre­quels filmed in Syd­ney.

“Sud­denly there was a fea­ture film pres­ence in Aus­tralia,” Beecher said.

“It be­came, ‘Maybe there is some­thing I can con­tribute here. I’ve got this back­ground in pho­tog­ra­phy, and there’s a mas­sive cor­re­la­tion be­tween that and cin­e­matog­ra­phy’.

“I fig­ured if I learn enough about the in­dus­try, I’ll find some­thing I can do.”

Af­ter work­ing on com­mer­cials and in TV, Beecher landed a job as dig­i­tal me­dia as­sets man­ager on Ge­orge Miller’s Os­car-win­ning 2015 ac­tion drama Mad Max: Fury Road.

He said the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try was well placed for a bright fu­ture.

“The kid in me would al­ways like to work on Spi­derMan or a Star Wars film,” he said. “If I had my dream, I’d just love to work on an Aussie film that’s full of char­ac­ter, some­thing en­dear­ing.”



Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Matthew Beecher at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast while work­ing on Dora The Ex­plorer.

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