Matthew A. Johnson
Engineer, Writer & Stand-up Comedian
My mom took me to see Caddyshack when it came out. It was completely inappropriate for a nine year old but it was also hilarious. We laughed so hard and had so much fun, I asked if we could watch it again. She left for the lobby and came back with more popcorn telling me the manager said we could sit through it again. I wouldn't find out until later that she didn't ask or pay for the second showing. This was the start of a lifelong love of comedy and movies...and my mom.
Life had other plans. I joined the Navy and married at eighteen. Ran a nuclear power plant on a submarine. Worked in oil refineries. I ended up in the semiconductor industry working for HP, Intel, and TriQuint which is now Qorvo. By day I'm the FDC (fault detection and classification) Engineer working to acquire and use machine parameter data to improve product yields. Yes I do want to blow my own brains out sometimes.
My love for movies and story never went away. I hijacked a business trip to Austin to attend AFF long ago. Mike Rich, from Portland, during a round table made some reccomendations to me that started me on my journey. Since that time I've studied improv and stand-up at the Brody Theater in Portland OR. Attended Robert McKee’s Story and John Truby’s Story Masterclass in L.A. Like most people I started several screenplays but I managed to finish two. The Trip - a comedy about a divorced couple, and their current romantic partners, taking their children on a promised first trip to Disneyland. So full of rookie mistakes and a rushed ending, I'm not sure it's worth salvaging. The second, The Curse of the Placage, I co-wrote with a friend from Austin. In that story, the ghost of a placee haunts the family of the slave trader that murdered her. Placage got us a pitch meeting on the Paramount lot. They hated it, but loved us. The development exec helped us pick another story idea to work on. We began work with monthly phone conferences that eventually went away when the exec changed jobs. My co-writer got a job writing a documentary. I met a new woman. End progress. Besides, it's not what I do for a living, right?
Powered by the guilt of unfinished business and fortified with many new ideas, I'm seeking that emotional inertia gained at AFF previously. I'm smarter now. I have questions and goals. I'm good at drinking. I look forward to meeting you.