Matthew A. Taylor: Editor/Director of Photography
Matthew A. Taylor works as the primary Director of Photography and Film Editor at Citizens United. He also helps oversee Citizens United Productions and serves as their Technical Engineer.
Matthew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BFA in Sculpture and emphasis in Art History and Art Theory. This program allowed Matthew to develop his painting, illustration and sculpting skills while also giving him the freedom to experiment in image and concept design. Matthew brings this unique background and understanding of art history and theory to his work in politics.
After moving to Washington, D.C., Matthew joined the Bush/Cheney ’04 Reelection Campaign where he was tasked with developing an experimental footage library and distribution system for all campaign media. Working under Mark McKinnon, Matthew soon began producing and editing some of the campaign’s most memorable commercials including the Kerry Windsurfing Ad and the Troop’s Fog ad which pin-pointed John Kerry as a flip-flopper with his words “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” Throughout the campaign, Matthew continued to edit and develop broadcast commercials while traveling with the President and interviewing the First Family both in the White House on several occasions and at their ranch in Crawford, Texas.
This campaign experience provided Matthew with an extensive education on political media and strategy and furthered his journey to bring a creative perspective and art appreciation in to politics. Matthew edited a program for The Military Channel for Battlefield Diaries, “Kiowa Down” in 2005. In late 2005, Matthew joined Citizens United to work on their documentary, Border War. Upon completion, Matthew went to work for the Stevens and Schriefer Group doing rapid response filming and editing during the 2006 mid-term election cycle. He worked on eleven different races including Charlie Crist in Florida, Bob Riley in Alabama and Bob Ehrlich in Maryland. Matthew was responsible for conducting candidate interviews, traveling with the campaigns and editing commercials for broadcast.
After the elections, Matthew traveled to Albania to produce commercials for the mayor’s race in the nation’s capitol. Upon returning to the U.S., Matthew came on full time with Citizens United Productions to film and edit their feature documentaries. To date, Matthew has worked on thirteen documentaries with Citizens United including Generation Zero, Perfect Valor, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny, We Have the Power, Rediscovering God in America I and II, Blocking the Path to 9/11, Hillary the Movie, ACLU: At War With America, and Broken Promises.
Throughout this time, Matthew has also produced over 200 creative short films, had his work shown in several Art Gallery installations on both coasts and been featured in Campaigns and Politics, Red County and Movmnt Magazine. Combining art and technology has always intrigued and interested Matthew. Matthew researches various technologies and assembling theories that converge mobile technology with creative aesthetics. This work, combined with Matthew’s creative and political background, create the basis for a new frontier of technological development that will influence and shape the political landscape in the years to come.