mattor_man FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matthew de Salles

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from Birmingham, United Kingdom, Uranus

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    • It's been a while!

      2 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

         Wow... Just realised it's been aver a year ago since I posted on to here!  So much has happened since then, I don't really know where to start...  1st year of Uni = done. 2nd year of Uni = done. 2nd tattoo = done. Study Abroad year = currently in progress.  Seriously, looking back to 2013 when I decided to change my life and apply for university, I honestly can't believe how much I've done, places I've travelled to, and the people I've met.  I never dreamed that I would have been able to work on different media production projects and be doing something with my life that I truly love.  As I write this from my room here in Flagstaff, AZ, I'm very thankful that I decided to give myself that final push to do something positive with my life.


         Oddly enough, a knock-on effect of me going to university has been that I've gotten more involved and become a more active member of the RTUK community.  I realised that back home in Northampton UK, my creative side was being stifled and suppressed by the people I was around and the life I lived.  However, being at University and getting to know the RTUK community has introduced me to an incredible, creatively positive environment that I've truly enjoyed and flourished under.


         I truly think that without the influence of Rooster Teeth and its community in my life, I wouldn't be anywhere near where i am now, or have the goals in mind for the future I have.  I most certainly wouldn't have my professional portfolio and showreel I have now, to go along with the professional work I've made - www.puzzledpenguinproductions.com


         As I look to the future, there's true excitement to be felt, the next 5 months I'm spending studying here at Northern Arizona University, my final year at Coventry University and the projects I'll be making during that time, the possible professional work I'll be taking on.  Now, to add to my excitement, RTX London has finally been confirmed for this October!!!  I've always so desperately wanted to attend RTX, and now it's coming to London, I finally have the opportunity to do so.  Furthermore, I've decided to apply to be a Guardian for the event.  It'll be a fantastic opportunity for me to give back to Rooster Teeth and it's community which has given me so much over the years and helped me through so much.


      Bring it on 2017, I'm gonna kick your ass!!! :p

    • 3 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles
    • 3 years ago

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    • Uni Term 2 161MC - Week 1 Task - Part 3: My Brand

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      My Brand!!!!

      Branding can have many different meanings and people use it for differing reasons. Some will use brands as a way to seek quality, others may seek out a brand in order to follow popular and cultural trends. So how do I want to brand myself? At this moment in my life, it's difficult for me to imagine a specific brand I would want to use and keep with me, as I still don't know where I specifically want to head professionally.

      During the fist term of university, I felt the need to come up with a specific name to put to the content I was starting to produce, other than my own name of course. I tried to imagine a specific object or idea that related to me personally and that could be used to attach myself to my productions. Through the thought process, I started to think back to my school days and the doodles I used to make all over my schoolbooks. For whatever reason, I was utterly obsessed with drawing penguins and I remember it almost becoming my own trademark throughout the school. Everyone knew that if they saw a quirky, confused, little penguin drawn somewhere, I had been through there.

      After a while, I started to realise that this was the brand that I had been looking for! If it was something that represented my before, I saw no reason that it couldn't do so again. Equally important for a brand, is the name as well as the image. The names and brands that tend to stick in our minds are always different, interesting, and stand out. As all of my penguin drawings were depicted as confused, I knew that this had to come across in the brand name. It was all of these factors that led to Puzzled Penguin Productions being born.

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      I made a quick draft, showing it to others, gathering views and support. After hearing nothing but positivity, I went to work creating an image in Photoshop. After a bit of trial and error, the image that was in my head had come to life & even more so when I animated it in the way I had imagined. While it was incredibly exciting at the time, seeing my idea actually on the screen, I now am starting to look back on the image with critical eyes. The original image was something put together very quickly and not with enough effort and care. After consideration, there are several things I would like to change about it to reflect myself a bit better. The image I now have in my mind still holds some of the childishness, but I feel it would benefit greatly from increasing the professional look and feel of the brand. It looks like it might be back to the drawing board for me.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzmeEXWMBKM

    • Uni Term 2 161MC - Week 1 Task - Part 2: Who Do I Admire?

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      Who do I Admire?

      As many of my friends are aware, I am a huge fan of an online media production company called Rooster Teeth (RT), based in Austin Texas, US. It all started with a video I watched in 2006, from their "Red vs. Blue' series. From their spawned almost 9 years in being part of the incredible community that follows and supports RT with 4 YouTube channels and a combined viewing figure of over 2.2 billion. But, as with most successful companies, it had a much smaller and humble beginning. The main person behind it all is Michael "Burnie' Burns.

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      Over 12 years ago, Burnie began making a small web series known as "Red vs. Blue,' using the Xbox video game "Halo' to act as the camera, set and actors. This was one of the first instances of the video genre now known as "Machinima.' What started as a group of 5 friends making silly videos in Burnie's spare bedroom evolved in to an online production company that now employs over 60 people, has over 1.7 million registered community members on their own website, currently 14 weekly individual online productions, and are now even producing their own feature-length film, "Lazer Team,' funded by the community through the Indiegogo service with $2,480,334 of donations.

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      With his company being so well known and loved by many, it is quite predictable for Burnie to have a large online presence. While he does have a personal Facebook profile, he tends to interact with the public mainly through his Twitter account. Despite all the years of being in the public view and having such a large following, he is still very passionate when it comes to interacting with the fans of the company and himself. He is also seen as a very open person about himself and his day-to-day life, as can be shown through his daily use of Twitter and journal posts on the Rooster Teeth community website.

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      As for who Burnie is as a person and how he comes across through his online presence, it can be seen how his own brand of humour is part of what drives the company, himself, and everything he produces on both a professional and personal level. Even small things, such as his Twitter and RT profile pictures, are enough to show his comedic attitude and demeanour. They also show how he generally dresses in an "office-casual' manner on a daily basis. The main form of branding he applies to himself for the last 12 years has been Rooster Teeth, which has always been friendly and relaxed.

      As mentioned before, I do admire Burnie. The fact that he's taken a random idea of a small online video series (long before the existence of YouTube) and evolved it in to the incredible company that it is today is entirely astounding. I also find it amazing how he built and developed the company all around the community of fans, such as myself, and how it holds to that value even through to today.

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    • Uni Term 2 161MC - Week 1 Task - Part 1: My Web Presence

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      My Web Presence

      Thinking back, it's pretty hard to pinpoint the actual moment that my "web presence' began. Over the years, there has been so many different websites, profiles, usernames and passwords that it all seems to congeal in to the ether and depths of the web. In that time, plenty of services have come and gone, evolved in to something different, or I've just out-grown it and moved on. Examples that come to mind include AltaVista (swallowed up by Yahoo), Geocities (Yahoo gave up on that all together), Bebo, and MySpace (both of which were simply grown-out of over time).

      Despite this "online maturing,' there is one part of the old Internet that has stayed with me, and perhaps the largest part of my online presence, my "handle' (known generally today as the username). Over all these years, the username of "mattor_man' has followed me from service to service, allowing me to identify myself easily across platforms. I suppose this stems from the earlier days of the Internet's growth where it was considered dangerous to ever use your real name anywhere on the net. Even with the services that the public and myself have moved on to, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, I still tend to use the same online handle to show who I am.

      In today's online world, there is rarely an online service where we barely think twice about putting in our names for the entire world to see. Nearly every site we now visit contains social media buttons, at least for Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to easily share your online activity, yet also sharing your name publicly, without a second thought. As a society, we are moving away from an online culture of anonymity and onwards to one where our whole life can be found and quantified through the search of our name.

      With this in mind, it begs to question what impact this has had on our digital footprints. It comes to a point where it's genuine advice to have to either change your name on, or disable public/ social profile services (such as Facebook and Twitter) while applying for work as prospective employers may decide to search through them to check your employability. I know that I have subdued to this pressure once or twice, even when it came to applying for university places.

      The further I work towards a professional future, the more I consider just how much of my former life is visible online and just how much of that I want to be viewable to the public. Whilst I find it important to be able to hold on to past memories, as it's our experiences in life that bring us to where we are and where we are heading, I am beginning to see how my own digital footprint paints a picture of who I am. Looking towards the future, I can see how it is something that I will have to potentially change in order to increase my self-image of professionalism.

    • I left my world behind.... (midnight rhyming madness)

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      I left my world behind
      to start a new life.
      But you're still in my mind
      piercing through like a knife.

      Such a perfect soul,
      Such a perfect thing
      A glorious smile
      that could make my heart sing.

      Each night I'll sleep
      and only of you I dream.
      Things I've seen before
      all a common theme.

      Things I'll never have,
      a life I would only hope.
      now I'm reaching my line
      the end of my rope.

      I realise now
      it could never happen.
      the fire of my dreams
      I will now dampen.

      It's time to move on,
      embrace this new place.
      but not matter how I try,
      I'll never forget your face.
      Ohhhh the crap that flies through ones mind when they can't sleep for toffee....


      I'll meet new people,
      make new friends.
      carry on with life,
      a means to an ends.

      even now as I write
      my heart starts to race
      all trough my mind
      I see only your face.

      I fills me with joy,
      with love, with laughter.
      thoughts of a future,
      a happily ever after.

      But I've seen and I now
      it wasn't meant to be.
      a painful truth
      that I have to see.

      I'll see you around,
      I'll smile and wave.
      I'll talk and laugh
      with a face that's brave.

      but on the inside I'll wish
      for my love I've never told.
      dream that I could have you
      be only mine to hold. smiley12.gif

    • Losing Track of my Goals (Late-Night Revelations)

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      As I'm laying here in my bed, staring blankly in to my laptop screen at 2:35 in the morning, I've realised that I am losing track of my goals. It's funny, I figured that it would be pretty easy for me to slide back in to being a student, or that the last 7 years of full-time work would have made me able to knuckle-down and get all of my work/ tasks done. Turns out I was pretty wrong about that. (insert "I've never been so wrong..." meme here!)

      I'm now in my 3rd week of university life here in Coventry and still loving every second of it. I have met some brilliant people and had some great times. I've even already set up some work experience for myself for broadcasting and I've got trips planned with my new friends, one to London Comic Con at the end of the month, 2 international trips with the course for uni and possibly a 3rd in the summer if all things go well. After years of, well... 'crap' as it were, it's amazing to be doing something creative with all these people who are also in the creative mind-set (something which was slightly lacking back home).

      However, being in the 3rd week now, staring at my laptop screen (it's now 2:43AM), I'm starting to see something is wrong. 6th form college was over 7 years ago now, yet I've slipped so easily in to the ensnaring entrapment of procrastination. It's the 3rd week and I'm already falling behind with the assigned work? No, no, no, NO! This will NOT do! I CAN'T stand for this.

      I know how great of an opportunity I have and how lucky I am that I'm actually able to kick-start a new life by going to university and how many people would (probably literally) kill for the opportunity I have been given, yet I'm already starting to throw it away? Again, this will NOT do and it really can't be tolerated! Tomorrow (or today, even) is the day where things get changed up. The desk is going to be cleared of crap, no tv/ xbox until the work is done, apartment cleared up and my mental scape cleared of all the cobwebs. It's time to shift myself up a good couple gears and start doing what I know I can actually be capable of.

      The luck I've had will only get me so far. It's time to show the world what I'm truly capable of doing and just how far I can go.



      *self high-five*

    • First Week of University = Done

      4 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      As the title suggests, I have just finished my first week of university and I've got to say, it's been pretty freaking awesome! I met some brilliant people and made a bunch of new friends which is great. On Monday, we were given a mini project to kind of throw us in to the deep-end, to be completed by Thursday morning. The project was to create a 5 minute presentation, of which the brief was.... literally nothing.

      We made our way in to groups of 6-8 people to put together a presentation on... something and went to work. Luckily I found myself in a group of lads who are all great and creative and we decided to make a little film. We had a great brainstorming session and eventually came up with an idea for a film that came to be called
      "5 Tips For The Modern Fresher." It was a lot of fun to film and edit and it ended up actually winning! Very exciting stuff! http://youtu.be/EEtbAFGt3Ho

      The rest of the week was filled with a tonne of induction-based information, tonnes of leaflet being handed out all around campus, LOADS of free sweets and even a bit of free pizza!!! (one can never turn down free pizza.) On Friday we got to have a bit of a play around with the camera equipment that we'll be using, which is so ridiculously cool and we were told about the FREE MAC BOOK PRO the the university are going to be giving us! How bloody awesome is that?!

      The main thing to say about it all really is that I truly feel I have made the most positive life-step that I could ever do. It feels so amazing to be doing something creative with my time, rather than slowly going insane working in a job I hated and it's great to be surrounded by others with the same creative drive and such a positive atmosphere.

      For the first time in YEARS... I actually feel genuinely happy and am looking forward to what the future holds for once!
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    • Cementing Memories on Your Body

      5 years ago

      mattor_man Matthew de Salles

      Getting ready to move to Coventry to start University has been somewhat of a mission and a half. I pretty much have everything up there now, I just need to put myself there. However, there was one last thing I wanted to do in Northampton before I move, which is to get myself a tattoo. It's something I thought about for quite a while, but I never had real motivation behind it until now.

      Going to university is a big life step for me, one which will surely stick in my memories forever. It's been 7 years since I finished 6th Form College and I don't really have too much to show for it, so it feels amazing to know that I'm taking such a massive forward step for my own future and THAT is the sort of motivation I was looking for.

      So, I am now the owner of a brand-new (and still very sore) tattoo! I have a n old autobot symbol on the underside of my forearm. Transformers have been a part of my life since I was about 4 years old, so it's great to be able to show that in such a way. But also, it's great to now have that linked to such a major, positive life event.

      I now have the joy that every time I look down at my arm, I can smile and think of where I've been and where I'm now determined to go. If you are someone who is thinking of getting a tattoo, I do urge you to get something meaningful to yourself. I know people who've had spur-of-the-moment tattoos and they don't smile whenever they see it in a mirror.

      But as for now, it's onwards and upwards for me as my future now lies in Coventry University and my Media Production course smiley13.gifsmiley0.gif

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  • Comments (27)

    • dbototron

      7 years ago

      thanks for the add mate

    • vBLACKLIGHTv

      7 years ago

      you found me!

      • mattor_man FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matthew de Salles

        7 years ago

        BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! smiley13.gif i did indeed biatch!!!

    • Echelea67

      7 years ago

      Thank you for accepting smiley6.gif

      • mattor_man FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matthew de Salles

        7 years ago

        my pleasure dear ^^

    • DocRossim

      9 years ago

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    • chickybabe13

      12 years ago

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    • chickybabe13

      12 years ago

      hey
      how are you?

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      hi again.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      Believe me, it was a compliment. ^_~

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      long hair on guys is pretty.....

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      Do you like long hair, on you?

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      i want it down to my waistline.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      i'm trying to grow mine out.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      hehe, you did them yourself? ^^ that's great.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      you look so pissed off in your pic but then the other one of the ponytails is so contradicting............x_X smiley12.gif

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      Onii-chan = big brother and eww, yeah.........

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      *chuckles* I talk to my onii-chan online when I'm taking a piss all of the time.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      i thought you said that you were pissing, like taking a leak. sowwy. X_x

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      I read it wrong. x_X

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      Okay, nevermind.

      Post edited 2/14/07 7:33AM

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      You must have wireless. Hey, I just did that about two minutes ago.

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      so what's up?

    • sgcarter

      12 years ago

      hi hi!

    • isharanger

      12 years ago

      welcome and thanx for the FR!

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      12 years ago

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      13 years ago

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      You may also MSG me with any questions.
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