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Here's a few videos I've made over the years both in the narrative and commercial fields.

DIRECTING REEL (2019)

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Demo Reel.

I Saw the Hosts of the Dead, The Counterfeit Kid, Red Ridge, Fisher Strikes Back, The Best of the West, Huskemaw Products, Little Green Men, Brooklyn Remix, Pinnacle Aerial Productions, Huskemaw Christmas, Weightless Spec Commercial.

Music by: Televangel

BE A CONTENDER (2020)

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I SAW THE HOSTS OF THE DEAD (2019)

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Industrial Spot.

A fun inspirational spot I directed for Smart Circle International. The speech was by a woman named Jessica Vihtelic.

Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Camera by: Matthew Griffith

Actor: Sariah Hopkin Humphreys

Feature Documentary.

Documentary about the revelation given to Joseph F. Smith found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 138. This was one of the greatest projects I've ever been able to work on. I directed some second unit stuff in Hawaii, and got to meet and film a lot of fascinating scholars and historians. I was also able to edit some of the sequences regarding World War 1. I was fortunate enough to work closely with the director, Kevin Kelly.

Directed by: Kevin Kelly

Available on BYUtv or at Deseret Book. 

 

DIRECTING REEL (2018)

Demo Reel.

Deadliest Game Night, Paws, Little Green Men, Puppet Homicide, and Childhood Evoked all written by Matthew Taggart.

You Can't Always Get What You Want written by Matthew Taggart, based on a story by Abbie Herman.

The Founder written by Robert D. Siegel

For a Few Dollars More written by Luciano Vincenzoni and Sergio Leone. Originally directed by Sergio Leone.

Brooklyn written by Nick Hornby

Requiem for a Heavyweight written by Rod Serling

THE MAKING OF SOCORRO (2017)

Behind the Scenes Featurette.

I was lucky enough to work on the behind the scenes

video for the short film Socorro. This was a wonderful project to work on, with an incredibly talented cast and crew. In this video, the curtain is pulled back so to speak, and we are able to see what goes into a production of

this nature. 

 

Camera and editing by: Matthew Taggart

Music: Sean Reilly

FISHER STRIKES BACK (2017)

Short Film.

A somewhat fictional look back at the making of the infamous "I love you, I know" scene from 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Carrie Fisher discusses her lack of involvement on set with director Irvin Kershner, just as cameras are about to roll. 

 

Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Sierra June Christensen, Warren Helbach, .Jonathan Martin, Andrew McClain, and Ben Haskin as David Prowse

1st AD: Sam Haskin

Camera and Lighting: William Knowles Jr.

Sound: Erik Naumann

 

THE DEADLIEST GAME NIGHT (2017)

Short Film.

A friend unexpectedly drops by for a quick game of cards, but he might be in for a more deadly game of cat and mouse.

 

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Ron Hausman, Tom Bennett, and

Mandy Harmon

Director of Photography: Ben Haskin

1st AC: Sam Haskin

Sound: Erik Naumann

Special Thanks: Gregory Taggart

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT
YOU WANT (2016)

Short Film.

A young fan struggles to sneak past a security guard at a Rolling Stones concert in order to get Mick Jagger's autograph.

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Based on a Story by: Abbie Herman

Starring: Sean Reilly, Abbie Martschenko,

Carolyn Elise Keller and Isaac Wright

Music: The Baker Drive Five

 

A BRAND NEW DAY WITH
JOHN FLORENCE (2016)

Short Documentary.

I used to listen to John every morning on my commute. For a class assignment we had to make a docuemtnary on someone who made a diffrence in the world. I felt like John's radio show always put me in a good mood in the morning, and so I wanted to feature him in our mini-doc.

 

Directed by: Matthew Taggart and Mandy Harmon

Starring: John Florence

 

LITTLE GREEN MEN (2016)

Short Film.

Three soldiers search for a supposed enemy super weapon, which rumor has it may be related to flying saucers.

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Steve Campbell, Sean Reilly,

Bryce Ross and Boston Bracken

Sound: Humberto Estrada

Music: Ethan Carling

 

Television Series.

I worked at The Best of the West for just about five years. It was a great job, and I loved the people I worked with. This is just a little reel showcasing some of the work I was able to do there. I started as an editor and camera operator, and ended up being the shows producer. I still edit for them from time to time.

THE BEST OF THE WEST OPENING TITLES (2015)

Title Sequence.

This was the last title sequence I fully created for The Best of the West for the 2014-2015 season. 26 episodes.

Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Additional Camerawork: Terence Knudsen

Music: Sean Reilly

 

HUSKEMAW PRODUCTS (2014)

Commercial.

We had a blast filming with Lloyd Hill, Sim Stoddard, Latt Durrance, Joe Cunningham and Dan Adler. Filmed in mainly in Wyoming and Washington state. 

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Additional Camerawork: Terence Knudsen

 

HUSKEMAW 1x6 SCOPE (2014)

Commercial.

Most commercials for outdoor products feature country rock and loud NASCAR race announcer types. I thought it would set us apart if we used a British voice over with  classical music. The end result worked quite nicely and sales proved the effectiveness of the commercial itself.

Written and Directed: Matthew Taggart

Additional Camerawork: Terence Knudsen

 

THE BEST OF THE WEST OPENING TITLES (2012)

Title Sequence.

This was the title sequence I was most proud of.

I was able to conceptualize, storyboard and then shoot pretty much everything I wanted to. Nominated for a Golden Moose. 

 

Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Additional Camerawork: Noah Layton

Music: Dirk Johnson

HUSKEMAW CANADA (2012)

Commercial.

This was another fun one to make. I had to argue for the line: "Where the Best of the West meets the Great White North". I guess it's the Bob and Doug McKenzie in me that really wanted that line. Hosers. Also, if you are ever in Wyoming and need home owners insurance, stop by and see Dave in Powell.

Directed and Written by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: David Gilliat

Music: Sean Reilly

 

 MERRY CHRISTMAS (2011)

Commercial.

This was the first commercial I was asked to create for The Best of the West. This is very out of the ordinary for their usual commercials, and demonstrates how much creative freedom they gave me.

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Sara Miller and Matt Scott

Camera: Noah Layton

 

ONE SHOT PRESENTS (2008-2011)

Webseries (75 Episodes)

These are just two of my favorite episodes, on in which I got to interview Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes, and Simon Pegg. The other episode features a skit we called Puppet Homicide that became a fan favorite, and was eventually turned into a short film.

Directed by: Humberto Estrada and Matthew Taggart

Starring: Laura Montoya, Jeff Johnson,

Tye Nelson, Robert Andrus, and Robert Bear

BRICK AND TIGER
THE VS. TRILOGY (2009)

Three Sitcom-length Webisodes.

Brick and Tiger run a comic book store, and are forced to face off against Dracula, the Confederate Army, and a rival comic book store

owner while searching for a rare Lando Calrissian doll.

Directed by: Humberto Estrada and Matthew Taggart

Written by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Laura Montoya, Jeff Johnson,

Tye Nelson, Robert Andrus, and Robert Bear 

THE MOOSE (2009)

Short Film.

When a deer named Doug gets promoted instead of Mike, it's open season at the local business park.

Written and Directed by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Robert Andrus, Tye Nelson,

Matthew Christopherson, Jenny Lund, and Masashi Kamimura.

Director of Photography: Humberto Estrada

Music: Aaron Nielson

 

DEAD NOON (2009)

Feature Film

Lionsgate.

When an outlaw from the old west

returns to life in the present to exact

revenge on his killers grandson, there'll

be hell to pay.

Co-Written and Produced by: Matthew Taggart

Starring: Robert Bear, Lilith Fields,

Robert Andrus, and Elizabeth Mouton

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