About Matt Freeth

Matt Freeth

Matt Freeth has been making short films and music videos from an early age. To pursue his directing career, he recently left his job as a senior creative at a leading video agency. He now aims to raise his profile and lay the groundwork for directing features by making a number of self-funded shorts. From divorce and spaceships to violent relationships and monsters… Matt’s work mixes social drama with a fantastical edge. He’s currently developing a short horror with a fantasy twist about a boy overcoming his fear of a violent father. He plans to exhibit it in an interactive way. It’s an ambitious project that he hopes will grab the attention of agents and feature producers. Matt is at a crucial stage in his directing career and Filmworks offers him the springboard to realise his full potential. Most importantly, the access to industry professionals, their advice and guidance and the opportunity to collaborate with the wealth of talented peers will be invaluable. Matt hopes to be an active and dynamic part of the Filmworks process and looks forward to sharing his expertise and experiences whilst learning from others.

Matt has recently shot Visible Dreams, an experimental stereo 3D short which is currently in post-production and he is in pre-production of an ambitious short horror, The Monster.

The Monster – Synopsis

The Monster is a live action short about being trapped…
When 9 year old Ben shows an out of character nasty streak his dad doesnt like what he sees. He tries to discipline his son, but lashes out and inadvertantly breaks Ben’s arm. Dad tries to apologise but for mum this is a line that should never have been crossed – they must escape soon.
That night, arm in a cast, Ben hears noises and can’t sleep. He’s scared. Mum tries to calm him down and tells him there’s no such thing as monsters. He Notices the bruises on her face and she tells him to be brave. He feels responsible and knows he can’t leave the room or Dad could get angry again.
Dad can’t deal with what he’s done and takes it out on Mum. But mum shuts off from Dad which only aggrivates him even more. Ben continues to hear strange noises and as Dad’s anger towards mum increases, something menacing grows inside Ben’s room.
Ben’s terrified. Clenching hold of his duvet, he watches as a large hairy monster looms over and a grotesque slimy tongue extends to lick his face.
Dad can’t understand why Mum won’t communicate with him. He becomes enraged and tells her that they should have got rid of Ben at pregnancy. When Ben screams out for help, Dad loses it and heads to Ben’s room, but mum holds him back. Dad lays into her. She screams.
Ben hears and remembers… he must be brave! Smashing a mirror he stabs at the monster with a jagged shard. He escapes and locks the monster in his room, it tries to turn the handle but Ben runs to the sitting room to save his mum.
Covered in Monster blood and wielding the shard, Ben tells his Dad to let his mum go. But Dad tells them that it won’t be like this anymore, that he’ll change.
Mum tells him that they’re leaving. Angrily, Dad grabs a weapon of his own, but Ben and Mum escape and lock Dad in the flat. They run to safety. Dad is alone, but Ben’s door opens and Dad realises he’s trapped with a vicious monster.

Project status: currently looking for further funding.

Website: www.mattfreeth.com
Twitter: @matthewfreeth

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Brief update & Shooting People (please vote for my films) :)

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all well. I can’t believe it’s been a year already since we started Filmworks. I’ve seen some great work from the Filmworks people in the last year and looking forward to seeing more. I’ve been trying to follow everyone’s progress as much as possible and support other Filmworks participants wherever I can. I’m still gearing up to shooting my Monster short that I developed through Filmworks, but its become a bit more ambitious … Continue reading

The Port – London Sci Fi 48 hr film entry

Hi everyone, It’s been a while since I’ve added anything to the Filmworks blog. I’ve been continuing to develop my Monster short, but found myself getting a bit stuck with where I wanted to go with the story. Having spent nearly a year working on it (on and off), I decided to take some time away from it to make some shorter films with a quicker turn around, just so that I’m still making some … Continue reading

The Monster – Synopsis

Hi everyone, My short film The Monster is in a state of story flux at the moment and for anyone interested, I just wanted to share my current synopsis so that you can get a sense of the project and a point of reference for how it develops in the future. I also have realised it doesn’t quite go into the character conflicts as much as I’d like but I’m working on getting this across … Continue reading


Hi everyone, I’ve been quiet on the blogging front over the last two sessions due to work commitments and am looking forward to them easing off to concentrate on Filmworks and developing my short film as a marketable package. I know that shorts generally aren’t commercial entities but I think it’s a good exercise for the future when I put together feature packages. Central to this is the pitch… And getting that idea / vision … Continue reading

Hunger games pitch reel

With discussions of mood or rip reels again in the second Filmworks session, I thought I should share a link to a ‘pitch’ reel which seems to have a slightly different function. More like a trailer, with a specifically recorded VoiceOver that ties it together. The Daredevil reboot pitch was mentioned yesterday… This is an article about a pitch reel for The Hunger Games… http://www.slashfilm.com/kevin-tancharoens-the-hunger-games-pitch-trailer-this-is-how-filmmakers-pitch-movies-to-studios-film-exclusive/#more-137470

‘The Monster’ Moodreel

Here’s a link to the current moodreel that I’ve made as homework for the first session, it is for the short film I’m developing entitled ‘The Monster’. http://vimeo.com/50684573 Password: redrum In our workshop this evening Esther May Campbell mentioned that it can be easy with a moodreel to fall into the trap of trying to tell a story instead of getting across solely the mood. I think this reel probably fits into this category but … Continue reading

The Journey Begins

This is my first blog and I must admit it feels quite unnatural for me to be broadcasting my thoughts and opinions for people to read, but I’ll try to be as candid as possible… First of all, I’m thrilled to have been selected for Filmworks – its a brilliant opportunity and I intend to grab it with both hands. It’s fantastic to be meeting like minded filmmakers, to help them with their projects, to … Continue reading