ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Working in the film industry for the past five years, Matt Page has slowly built up his repertoire.
From local commercials to independent films to public service announcements, he has grown his business with a vision of producing quality film.
Although the filmmaker takes some time to get in front of the camera, most recently in the Dean Koontz adaptation of “Odd Thomas,” it’s behind the camera where Page feels most comfortable.
“There’s a rush that I get when I’m making a movie,” he says. “I was made for the industry.”
Page, who was raised in a log cabin in Turner, Maine, graduated from the College of Santa Fe, which is now called Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in 2005 with a degree in filmmaking.
In 2006, Riff Raff New Media was born.
The company creates engaging, high-quality professional videos.
Some of the clients include Doritos, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Simon & Schuster, New School of Architecture & Design and Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
While Page and his crew balance the videos, he’s also focused on making independent films.
Over the past three years, Page has made over a dozen independent films.
Some have screened in the United Kingdom and Australia and others in the United States.
“Half have won awards in New York and Los Angeles film festivals,” he says. “I’m a person who likes to move quickly and keep busy.”
Page says he’s often managing six to eight projects at a time – which he likes.
“It takes a lot of planning,” he says. “But it’s what I want to do.”
Page, along with his team, competed in the 48-Hour Film Project June 3 in the Duke City.
His film, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” was turned in after the deadline, therefore wasn’t eligible for the “best of” awards – but it did pick up the Audience Award.
“I wish we’d made it on time, but winning the Audience Award made missing the deadline a little less painful,” he says.
Page says his path to filmmaking was long.
He participated in theater growing up and enjoyed the storytelling aspect.
As he progressed in film, he started doing clay animation.
But it wasn’t until he landed at the College of Santa Fe, that he was hooked on directing films.
“I totally got sold on making films in New Mexico,” he says. “There’s so much that filmmakers can work with to make great films.”
With more than 150 projects done over the past three years, it would seem like Page wouldn’t have any downtime – yet he does.
With that time he teaches film classes at Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
“I do enjoy being in front of a classroom and helping them along,” he says. “It’s such a tight knit community that we can all succeed.”
Page says he has a vision for all of his films and hopes to expand his business without losing the quality.
“I am very proud of the work we are doing right now in the industry,” he says. “It’s a constant challenge and having others push me only makes us all better.”
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