By Heaven Lee Murphy
Worthing High School
A cup of ambition, a spoon full of creativity a dash of teamwork and a whole lot of love is the recipe for a great movie.
17 year old Matt Rivers had that recipe and created Die Alone, a short film that he wrote, directed and starred in.
“Die Alone is a piece based on my personal experiences,” Rivers said. “I’ve experienced heartbreak and betrayal and I wanted to create something to express that in a positive way. Writing is almost like an outlet to me.”
Most of his actors and actresses were members of the theatre club debate team and students at J. Frank Dobie High School in Pasadena, TX.
“When picking my cast members I just picked friends who were down to do it,” Rivers said.
This work of art created a lot of buzz around the halls of Dobie. The students were present in some scenes and were ready to see the finished product.
“I remember one scene in particular, the fight scene,” Actor Dimitri Brooks said. “Mateo (Matt) slammed me and it was an array of reactions. Some were like whoa and others were like what the heck is going on. We had to explain to them that that was apart of the script.”
Whether it was in front of or behind it, Rivers always loved cameras.
“When I was like five my mom enrolled me in acting classes,” he said. “Before you knew it I was doing commercials for local businesses and stores like H-E-B. My parents have been my biggest supporters without them I would be nothing.”
Die Alone was just his first project. Rivers is working on his next project which he plans to debut in the spring of 2016. Remember the name Matt Rivers because he’s going to be on the big screen in the near future.
To view Die Alone, go to YouTube.com and search for “Die Alone- Act 1.