Matt Thunell

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Matt Thunell is a creative technology executive and entrepreneur with 14+ years of experience working at multi-platform storytelling companies.

Thunell has executive produced and produced over 100 projects that feature high-end computer graphics and design for film, television, gaming, virtual reality, and special venue. He developed a strategy to leverage Zoic Studios’ expertise in these areas toward solving real-world problems, which is the focus of newly launched Zoic Labs — an advanced visualization company. Zoic Labs provides R&D, agile software development, UI/UX design, and consulting services for a diverse range of clients, both public and private.

While studying rhetoric and film at UC Berkeley, Thunell began his career at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, where he contributed to Terminator 3 and Ang Lee's Hulk under visual effects luminaries Dennis Muren and Pablo Helman. Thunell draws influence from thinkers such as Ray Kurzweil and Jean-Paul Sartre; his talks and presentations often emphasize existential themes and philosophy’s relevance to everyday life and technology. Thunell is a guest lecturer at Cal Poly SLO, Dept. of Computer Science, where he also sits on the Industry Advisory Board.

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