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Flying Lessons with Mr. Smolin Documentary Short Film

"His students call him Schmo, Mr. Schmo, Big Daddy Schmo, or Pimp Daddy Schmo—and he’s pretty much the teacher we all wish we had."

Minority Report Feature Film Dream Sequences

"Steven Spielberg gathered a team of America's best futurists to figure out what the world might look like in 50 years. They ended up getting a lot right." Vice News Tonight

Lies And Alibis / The Alibi Feature Film

"Stylish, witty and absorbing, Lies & Alibis recalls the Thin Man movies of the late 1930s, yet is decidedly fresh and contemporary." Rotten Tomatoes

Sephora Sensorium Interactive Perfume Exhibit

"I haven’t seen anything so exciting in the industry in years." PETE BORN, EDITOR IN CHIEF, WWD

Reaching Out, Beyond Earth Documentary Short Film

"It's not quite virtual reality, but it still rocks. Yes, I made that joke." ANNALEE NEWITZ, i09

Death And The Powers Opera Media Content

"The emotion and intensity of the media content felt as vivid and present as the feelings of the actual humans." Wall Street Journal

The Making of Rock Band 2 Branded Content Series

Onward California Branded Content Series

The Dream Meal Branded Content Series

"Best Food Porn of the Year" THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL

Tastemakers Branded Content Series

“If you need proof of coffee practiced as an obsession, art form and science, this quick video —a ‘how-to’ on making a cup of espresso— is Exhibit A.” Gear Patrol

ESPN Monday Night Football Network Branding

Promise For Education Social Media Campaign

"Oh yeah, 'You don't need to go to college.' Is that what they're saying around campus? Well, I guess you wouldn't know 'cus you're not on campus. Because you're a loser." David Spade

No Sympathy For Vegetarians Branded Content Series

Michael Jackson Memorial Photography

IBM e-business Centers Experience Design

Beer: A Beautiful, Artistic Symphony Documentary Short Film

"Dear High School Guidance Counselor: You're fired! What the hell were you thinking not telling us that UC Davis had a Malting & Brewing Science program?" BEN DAHL, COOL HUNTING

Bicentennial Man Film Title Sequence

USA Network “Characters Welcome” Network Branding

Wexner Center Experience Design

745 7th Avenue Experience Design

MTV / LOGO New Now Next Award Trophy Design

Reading

The Storytelling Animal
Jonathan Gottschall

A Beautiful Constraint
Adam Morgan + Mark Barden

Final Cut
Steven Bach

Watching

The Defiant Ones
Allen Hughes

The Wire
David Simon

City of Ghosts
Matthew Heineman

Barry Lyndon
Stanley Kubrick

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Matt Checkowski is a visionary designer, filmmaker and creative executive.

Matt’s award-winning body of work features collaborations and innovative projects that have inspired audiences around the world. He has served as the creative force behind the dream sequences in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, a first-of-its-kind interactive perfume museum for Sephora in NYC, the launch of Monday Night Football on ESPN, the digital media content for a science-fiction opera at l’Opera de Monte Carlo, and the co-director of Lies & Alibis, a feature film starring Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn.
In 2006, Matt established the Department of the 4th Dimension, a company dedicated to groundbreaking creativity at the intersection of strategy, design and storytelling. The D4D helps brands and organizations become more meaningful, effective, inspiring participants in the cultural conversation. The multi-disciplinary team of thinkers and makers has positioned and produced communications, content campaigns and media experiences for clients including the Walker Art Center, Sephora, Unilever, Electrolux, the University of California and Cal State systems, and Harvard Business School. The firm has been honored by the Webby Awards, One Show, AICP Next Awards, Core 77 Design Awards, and the Technological Breakthrough of the Year at the FiFi’s, the “Oscars” of the fragrance business.
As a non-fiction filmmaker, Matt has interviewed dozens of the world’s most influential thinkers and creators in the arts and sciences, including dinosaur hunters, atom colliders, espresso makers and molecular gastronomers. His work has been recognized at AFI Fest, CineVegas, and the Savannah, Sarasota, Anchorage and Richmond film festivals.
Matt has spoken about the intersection of design and storytelling on Vice News Tonite, at Semi+Permanent (Wellington), Profile Intermedia (Berlin), PROMAX/BDA, the Kansas City Art Institute, the AMA Symposium on Higher Education, and his alma mater, NC State.