The POST MAN is a series of gleefully bizarre short-form animations from LA-based motion graphic designer and video-maker Matt Wells.
Created as a form of creative catharsis from the world of professional videography, the grotesque characters, bubble-gum colourways and slick kineticism make POST MAN animations a real force of nature. (And we’re not the only ones to think so: POST MAN VFX have recently showed up on [adult swim] as well as being picked up for a music video by LA low-fi band, BRAAINZZ).
Artist's Choice: Feature Piece
We recently got five minutes with Matt, the POST MAN himself, to find out a little about his techniques and inspiration. Check out our interview below and be sure to go follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo so that when he blows up you can tell all your friends you knew him before he was big.
SNAPSHOT QUESTIONNAIRE WITH THE POST MAN...
We asked you to choose a favourite piece from your gallery, why this one?
I chose this 360° VR video [above], because I'm fascinated with immersing people in worlds that don't exist outside of our imaginations. Vulnerable, limping characters in the center of those worlds add to the immersion and give a sense of scale. This piece in particular was inspired by a number of things, not the least of which the BRAAINZZ music which blows my mind. The song itself had a lot of personal meaning behind it for the musician, so I wanted to honor that. The main thing I wanted to capture was the feeling of going from a time of personal stress and chaos to a time of rest. I'm all about the need to rest when things suck and finding a safe haven for a while to recharge. Kind of like Minecraft when you fight all these monsters and then go to sleep at night safe in your house. I love that. From there, I tried to wrap this feeling together through this surreal refugee story.
I think inspiration is always the easiest when you're going through something tough. A tragedy, loss, stress, too many damn bills, all of that. Because the inspiration is a coping mechanism.
What did your work look like a few years ago? How has your style developed?
A few years ago, I was completely burned out on the Los Angeles rat race of live-action short films, comedy sketches, and music videos. The stress of the budgetary limitations, going broke, and unrealistic expectations I put on myself got the best of me and I kind of just gave up on creating anything for like 2 years. I felt like a failure and didn't enjoy any part of making films anymore. In that time, I mainly just focused on stability, my wife, my dogs, and holding a steady job. As far as inspiration, I branched out from film and dug into all this 3D art and contemporary installations that I found on Tumblr and Pinterest. I always wanted to make stuff like that, but it seemed well out of reach. I didn't know anything about animation outside of adding a muzzle flash to a gun.
Then I got a job as a motion graphic designer for social content which started small then opened up a world of possibilities. I did the first POST MAN videos as a way to unwind after work, crack up my friends, and to learn new animation techniques. I liked the idea of making lots of little 15-30 second projects instead of spending months and months on one 5-10 minute short film. Then making the videos was so cathartic it took on a life its own. It's addicting.
What do you like to listen to while you’re creating your work?
Oh, picking out music is my favorite part. I'm all over the place with it. I listen to 70s music a lot like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Williams, and Kenny Rogers. Other times its brooding dark stuff like this amazing guttural saxophonist named Colin Stetson. Then, I dig a lot of pop and electronica like a little-known artist named Kanye West.
What would you order for your last meal? And is there anyone in particular you’d want to cook it for you? (This might sound like a morbid question, but it’s rooted in something fundamentally happy for you).
Thin-crust pizza then red-only Skittles for dessert. Hey if I'm dying, it can be as unhealthy as I want, right? And I would want it to be served by my wife.
If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would they be and why?
I have been a big David Bowie fan for a long time and have been listening to his Berlin trilogy (Low, Heroes, and Lodger) non-stop since his passing. It would be amazing to do some kind of tribute to one of his really deep cuts. But man, that would be a lot to live up to.