Matthew Jay Hullum (born September 29, 1974) is an American film director, producer, writer, actor and visual effects supervisor living in Austin, Texas. He is one of five co-founders and former CEO of production company Rooster Teeth, which specializes in online content, including live-action series, podcasts, animation and machinima, an art using game engines to create films.[2]

Matt Hullum
Matt Hullum at RTX 2013
Matthew Jay Hullum

(1974-09-29) September 29, 1974 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin (BS)
OccupationChief Content Officer of Rooster Teeth
Years active1997–present
Anna Hurayt
(m. 2000)

Alongside longtime business partner Burnie Burns, he was named one of Variety's top Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch in 2018.[3]

Early life edit

Matthew Jay Hullum was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 29, 1974, to librarian Cheri Johnston (born 1945) and sports journalist and freelance writer Everett Hullum (1942–2015).[4]

Career edit

Hullum met his production partner Burnie Burns while working at TSTV at the University of Texas at Austin.[5] He recalled loving the creative freedom due to the lack of "gatekeepers" at the station.[6] He would graduate with a Bachelor of Science in film.[7]

Alongside Burns, he would direct, write and produce their directorial debut The Schedule (1997), starring his roommate Joel Heyman.[5] He would go on to work as the visual effects coordinator for Hollywood films such as The Faculty and Driven.[8]

Hullum voices Sarge in the Rooster Teeth original series Red vs. Blue, of which he also directs, produces and serves as casting director.[9] He directed the science fiction comedy film Lazer Team, the first feature-length film Hullum has directed in over 18 years.[10][11] Hullum co-wrote the film alongside Burnie Burns, Chris Demarais, and Josh Flanagan.[12]

Hullum has directed four music videos for singles by the Barenaked Ladies, "Odds Are", "Did I Say That Out Loud?", "Say What You Want" and "Lookin' Up".[13][14][15] In 2023, it was announced that Hullum would return as director for Red vs. Blue's final season, with Burns also returning as writer.

Personal life edit

Hullum married lawyer and actress Anna Hurayt on August 26, 2000.[1] They live in Austin, Texas with their two children.

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Roles Notes
1997 The Schedule Co-director, co-writer and producer
1998 The Faculty Visual effects coordinator
2001 Driven Visual effects producer
2002 Scooby-Doo Visual effects production manager
2003 Gods and Generals Visual effects producer
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Digital supervisor
2005 Babak & Friends: A First Norooz Producer and editor
2015 Lazer Team Army Soldier Also director, co-writer and producer
2017 Lazer Team 2 Arklosh (voice) Also director, co-writer and producer [16]
2018 Blood Fest Executive producer [17]
2019 A Heist With Markiplier Executive producer

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Code Monkeys Red Guard (voice) Episode: "Super Prison Breakout"
2019 Gen:Lock Marc Holfcroft (voice) Also executive producer

Web edit

Year Title Role Notes
2003–present Red vs. Blue Sarge, Doc, O'Malley, Wyoming, The Meta (voices) Also director, writer, producer and editor
2004–2006, 2015 The Strangerhood Dutchmiller (voice) Also director, writer, producer and editor[18]
2009 Rooster Teeth Shorts Himself Also co-director, co-writer, producer and cinematographer
2012–2013 The Gauntlet Executive producer
2013–present RWBY Executive producer
2014 iBlade Ted Also second unit director
2014 Ten Little Roosters Executive producer
2014–2015 X-Ray and Vav Executive producer
2016–present RWBY Chibi Executive producer
2016 Crunch Time Nursing Instructor Episode: "The Moruga"
2016 The Eleven Little Roosters The Big Cock
2017 Camp Camp Lt. Stuart Huston (voice) Episode: "Parents' Day"; also producer
2017 Day 5 Dale Also executive producer
2018 Nomad of Nowhere Bertha (voice) Also producer

Video games edit

Year Title Role
2007 Halo 3 Additional Voices

Music videos edit

Year Title Artist Notes
2013 "Odds Are" Barenaked Ladies Director
2014 "Did I Say That Out Loud?"
2015 "Say What You Want"

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Rhodes". Vol. 8, no. 2. Class Notes: Rhodes College. Spring 2001. p. 44. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ Hayes, Dade (September 24, 2019). "Rooster Teeth Names Jordan Levin GM, Shifts CEO Matt Hullum To Content Role". Deadline. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Variety Staff. "Digital Entertainment Impact Report: Execs to Watch in 2018". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Obituaries: Everett C. Hullum Jr". Baptist Standard. July 22, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Rooster Teeth Podcast No. 107". Rooster Teeth Productions. March 30, 2011. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Jones, Leslie Anne (April 18, 2014). "Rooster Teeth Rules the YouTube Roost". Silicon Hills. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rooster Teeth Podcast No. 145". Rooster Teeth Productions. December 21, 2011. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Thompson, Clive (August 7, 2005). "The Xbox Auteurs". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  9. ^ "NYCC: Red Vs. Blue Hits New York Comic-Con". IGN. October 11, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Finn, Elliott. "Rooster Teeth's 'Lazer Team' Begins Production". AirLockAlpha. Nexus Media Group Inc. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Klima, Jeff. "Rooster Teeth Crow About Their New Movie Lazer Team". Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Coggan, Devan (October 28, 2015). "Lazer Team: Matt Hullum on YouTube Red and Rooster Teeth's first movie". Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  13. ^ Swiatecki, Chad. "Rooster Teeth collaborates with high-profile rock band for music video". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Barenaked Ladies to land in Cranbrook". DailyTownsman. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "Rooster Teeth works with Barenaked ladies on new video". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  16. ^ Trumbore, Dave (November 22, 2017). "Lazer Team 2 Review: A Space-Based Sequel Made for Fans". Collider. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  17. ^ Staff (August 29, 2018). "'Blood Fest': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  18. ^ "Meet the Makers of The Strangerhood". Wired. January 1, 2005. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved January 13, 2022.

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