Matthew Swanson is known for delivering pitch-perfect comedic performances with a truly distinctive visual style. Raised in the damp of the Pacific Northwest, he left Vancouver as a young man to attend film school in Montreal. He then begged, borrowed, and maybe stole a little bit (unconfirmed) to make his short film “Hiro,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to win numerous awards, including Best Short at SXSW and a Genie (Canadian Academy Award) nomination. He began directing commercials shortly after that.
In 2013 Matthew left the safety of his overly polite northern home and joined Epoch Films. Since then he has worked on a number of notable campaigns, including a re-brand of Canadian Club for Brooklyn Brothers, a semi-controversial campaign for Radio Shack out of GSD&M, and, most recently, spots for Coke and Booking.com out of W+K.
While Matthew enjoys directing, his true passion is singing, which, unfortunately, he is terrible at. This often sees him convincing large groups of people to attend karaoke gatherings in the Korean neighborhoods of various cities, generally followed by his microphone being forcibly removed once the brief novelty of his falsetto has worn off. His constant threat of a year-long hiatus to take full-time voice lessons is generally ignored by his various Executive Producers both at Epoch and abroad.