Our first interview
Production has commenced on “Hollywood East”. Our documentary has claimed its first victim. Matt Garbera, former Disney Project Manger for Walt Disney Animation Studios, gracefully agreed to sit before our cameras and allow us to pick his brain.
After starting out as a ride operator in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Matt began his professional career as a production assistant at what was then the brand new Disney Feature Animation Florida unit. Having worked there for many years, as well as for the Disney video post-production group, Matt regaled us for hours with some wonderful stories about those early days of production in Central Florida, and some of the celebrities he met along the way (Mark Hamill!). He now works in the theme park design industry, and his home is chock-a-block full of mementos from throughout his career.
From his work with Disney Animation, to Disney ideas, through to Galaxy’s Edge, Matt’s contribution to the Orlando creative community has been great. Matt sat down with us and discussed his inspirations, his highs and his lows from his vast career.
Behind the scenes
Shooting went very smoothly, in no small part to our workhorse of a camera, the Blackmagic 6k Pro Cinema Camera. Producer Bob Duane oversaw the shoot, while Director Christopher Weed discussed with Matt his career that spans over 30 years.
It was a great interview, and a good way for us to get our feet wet as we officially kick-off actual filming for our documentary. Thanks Matt!
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