HI - Matthew Shimura
School: Punahou School
Question: What about science fascinates you?
Answer: Science is the basis for understanding the world around me. I enjoy learning about how things work, and I enjoy building things. It's fun to use my movie talents to help explain complicated things and to help others understand them as well. Making movies is really a process of building too, except that I use pieces of digital data instead of the Legos I played with as a kid. Science and math are an integral part of moviemaking, too. My editing programs use algorithms to handle the digital data captured by my camera. Figuring out the best way to make a movie and display it involves understanding the codecs and formats so I can pick the best options. Editing and mixing the audio involves understanding the waveforms that sound creates. The visual part of the movie often uses filters or other behaviors that adjust the images, all created with the math that's embedded in the software. The better I understand science and math, the better filmmaker I will be.
Question: What hobbies or extra-curricular activities do you enjoy and why?
Answer: I enjoy tennis and fencing, and I love to make movies. Tennis is very fun for me because I get to have a great time with my friends in a challenging and competitive environment. I enjoy fencing because it is very fast-paced, which heightens my senses. Filmmaking is a great way for me to express my creativity and my views about the world.
Question: What career do you want to pursue and why?
Answer: When I grow up I would like to be a documentary filmmaker like Michael Moore or Ken Burns. I love informing people about issues from a kid's perspective. Filmmaking lets me show the world my ideas. I can also inspire others to act, so that changes can be made. The world is full of problems that I would like to understand better and help to solve. As a filmmaker, I can help others see these issues, appreciate their significance and get involved. Global warming, wars, homelessness, starvation, discrimination and disease – there is no shortage of issues for a documentary filmmaker.
Question: What is your favorite school subject?
Answer: My favorite subject in school is social studies. I like social studies because it’s a challenge to learn about the world and other cultures. Social studies connects me to others around the world, and helps me understand human nature.