Freaked Out

Matt Fackrell

How did you get into directing?
I had a great childhood, which really shaped how I think creatively today. I grew up in a small town with only two television channels to watch. Also other than the amazing mountain ranges, there weren’t a lot of exciting places to go so my imagination wandered quite a bit. And having a great childhood mixed with a limitless imagination was really important for me because I imagined some of weirdest things to make the ordinary seem out of the ordinary. So I obviously needed an outlet, but we couldn’t afford a video camera, so for years my twin brother and I created strange radio plays with our dual cassette player. It was a perfect start for me to get into directing.

What is your most recent project?
I recently directed a four-spot Stride Gum campaign through JWT, Puerto Rico, that’s airing in that region. Most of my current work can be seen at www.mattfackrell.com. I’ve also begun writing the next Yo Gabba Gabba! episode that I will be directing later this summer, as well as writing a script for a new top secret super cool kids show. Lastly my twin brother and I are in the process of developing an original dark, offbeat television comedy that we’d like to take to the networks.

What is the best part of being a director?
It’s been one of my main goals in life to love what I do for a living and support my family with it. It’s great to see my kids excited to see what I’m working on next and having them visit set to see how it plays out. It wouldn’t be as much fun either if it weren’t for working with a lot of really creative and fun people who help make it an enjoyable experience each time.