The son of an oil rig manager and a school teacher, Matt Pulliam grew up on the move. His childhood was split between Texas, the African west coast, and a Jesuit boarding school in Maryland. His interest in filmmaking stems from a lifelong love of photography and began with the film 'Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan,' which was filmed near his African home when he was a boy.
It was not until after serving in the military and graduating from the University of Texas did Matt pursue his ambition, studying acting and directing at private studios in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York. Stand-in work on feature films followed, allowing Matt to observe the practical and technical aspects of filmmaking from professionals such as cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Matt worked for naturalistic and poetic writer/director Terrence Malick and collaborated with legendary special effects legend Douglas Trumbull, creating the practical effects for 'Tree of Life'. He eventually took over as the special effects supervisor for the documentary 'Voyage of Time'. These experiences have helped Matt with collaborations on features and his own projects with award-winning results.
Matt's first film was a documentary short selected by Ken Burns to air on PBS in 2003. A stretch of "Top 10" video entries followed, including short film contests for Project Greenlight, the Nikon Festival and TriggerStreet. Matt's Filmaka project, "Cash or Credit?" was selected as a finalist in the Discover Card pitch contest.
Matt recently relocated to Los Angeles, California.