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Tell us a bit about your work and how it all started?

I began working for a Commercial production company years ago as a runner. After a year of getting people coffees and walking the bosses dog I found myself working alongside directors as a creative researcher, editor & designer. This involves working closely with them to visualise their ideas to create mood films or treatments that they then pitch to the client. I soon went freelance as I wanted to work with a more diverse range of directors and direct my own projects. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work on feature films, tv series, direct my own short films and music videos and I’m currently lead creative researcher on a live music show due to come out next year.
I also run a weekly film online club with a friend which we started during lockdown, every Wednesday night we watch an offbeat film that may have passed you by which we hope to turn into a monthly outdoor event in the future.

Tell us about Ziggy and how she came into your life.

After growing up with dogs I had always wanted my own but my London lifestyle of staying out late and working weird hours didn’t quite fit with having a pup, when I took the decision to start working primarily from home and I got a bit too old for the late nights I figured a dog could work. I went to see Zigs with my flatmate, just to see, well 7 years later and I cant imagine life without her.

How does having a dog fit into your general working day?

When I started working from home it was hard to create a solid routine, especially when working long sometimes odd hours. Taking Zigs out twice a day is a great way to break it up and there’s something about walking the dog that grounds you back into the real world, they remind you that all that serious human work is nonsense and they are much more fun.

When you’re not working where do you like to head out to with the dog?

I just moved out of London to Tring so we are still exploring but our new favourite place is Pitstone hill and the Ridgeway which has amazing views of the surrounding area. Tring Park is also a new favourite, lots of rabbits to chase!

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?

Mainly poo bags which I sometimes forget and have to awkwardly ask other dog walkers if they can help me out. Zigs being a whippet without much hair on her and a bit of princess generally needs a blanket or my jumper to lay on if we’re at a pub.

What adventures do you have planned with Ziggy for later this year?

We have a human addition to our family arriving in January so I think thats gonna be a pretty big adventure for all of us.


You can follow Matt and Ziggy's adventures together on instagram  and check out Matt's work HERE

Kindred Tales | Matt and Ziggy | Creative Researcher, Designer and Editor