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5 Qs with a VCAM Staff – Matt

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June 24, 2015

5Qs with VCAM's Digital Media Manager, Matt Goudey.

1. If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?

The young me would be played by Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are,) the adolescent me would be played by Ben Foster (The Mechanic,) and the adult me would be played by Will Ferrell.

2. What is your fav piece of VCAM tech gear & why?

It’s difficult to choose a favorite piece of gear provided by VCAM. I love making movies and I love telling stories. On one day, my favorite piece of equipment may simply be a computer, so that I can write, although sometimes I prefer to write with pencil and paper. On another day, I may be particularly drawn to the 5D Mark II (DSLR camera) because I want to play with photography, and on yet another day I will be steered towards the AF100 (professional video camera) so that I can shoot a short movie. Of course, the cameras don’t work so well without lights, and movies don’t work so well without good audio. Stories of course need, well, a good story. The best thing about VCAM is that it gives me, as well as all our members, access to whatever I need to do the things I love to do.

3. What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?

Two months ago, I got a puppy for my family from a dog rescue in upstate New York. I spent the first hour of that day inspecting every inch of the fence around my yard to make sure he wouldn’t escape. Beagles are known to do that. Any areas that looked like he might escape through were barricaded with fell trees and fire wood. I went to work. When I returned for lunch, the beagle was in the neighbor’s yard. He had an air of puppy innocence about him. He just stared at me, as if to say, “What?” I collected him and put him back in my yard, then inspected the fence, again, for the weakness. I found nothing. “How can I possibly stop him from getting out?” After 20 minutes with no ideas, it finally dawned on me. I went into the house and returned to the yard with a dog cookie in my hand. He went nuts. He wanted that cookie so badly. I showed it to him, let him sniff and lick my hand, then walked to the fence, and threw the cookie into the neighbor’s yard. “Go get it.” He did. Hole plugged. He hasn’t escaped since.

4. Tell us something we might not know (a factoid that you have retained for no particular reason).

My life it pretty much an open book, so if there’s something you don’t know about me, it’s probably not fit to print.

5. If you had to put your life bio into one run-on sentence, what would you say?

I was born and then I grew for a while but then I stopped because I was at that age when you stop growing for a little while before growing again and I don’t really remember most of that time, although I do remember opening some Christmas presents from when I was three or so, but that doesn’t really matter, and then I moved to Massachusetts, with my family of course, from New Jersey because where we lived in New Jersey kind of sucked and we moved to a nice little town called Sharon where I went to school until going to college and graduating, but before I went to college I wrestled and acted in plays, but didn’t get such good grades, but I did get good grades in college, so it all balanced out until I moved to California, which is not to say that California was out of balance, because it wasn’t, but just to say that it all balanced out AND I moved to California, without my family, and worked for 7 years, lived in my car a few times, lived in Manhattan Beach for a while, and dressed up as Spiderman, as well as other cool characters, on the weekends, and then I moved back to the East, this time choosing Vermont as my home, got married, started working at VCAM, with a short stint as a child care counselor, and a lunch chef, but then my wife and I had a child and I haven’t died yet, obviously, so the rest of my life is still happening as we speak.

Curious about learning more about other VCAM staffers? Read last month's 5Qs with Seth Mobley.