Award-Winning Artist / Filmmaker Matthew Luppino Stays Creative During COVID-19
Written by: Helen Yablonski
Staying busy is always at the top of Matthew Luppino’s to-do list. He is a caring and hardworking person who is constantly starting to work on the next thing.
Luppino has 21 International Film Awards and 9 award-winning films. He writes and produces everything himself, including his music.
“Film is my passion, that’s my career; music is more to keep me on track mentally,” he said.
Although he is always writing, not all of his projects go straight into production.
“It’s not until a couple of years later that I go back and reread everything,” Luppino said.
He writes to help battle his emotions.
“It’s very cathartic to put your emotions to the page, writing in words and rhythm schemes. I’m able to express in a different way than I am with a film. A film is more subjective whereas music is very personal,” Luppino explained.
As a strong advocate, Luppino focuses his projects on battling and dealing with one’s mental health.
“Having a mental health disorder or an issue, or you battle mental health, I think it’s a blessing in disguise because you’re able to internalize and go deep into what you’re feeling and put that out to the world,” he explained, “As an artist, you couldn’t ask for anything better; that’s your gift.”
Luppino has tried his best to stay creative during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main question he had to himself was, “how can you create a body of work to inspire other people inside your house?”
This question led to the production of his song “Let You Down,” and short concept film “Fireflies.”
“Let You Down,” was shot in Luppino’s attic behind a green screen. It took 250 hours to edit.
Matthew Luppino – Let You Down ft. Alex M. Brinkley (prod. tunnA Beatz) [Official Music Video]
Written, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by: Matthew Luppino Produced by: tunnA Beatz Hook By: Alex M. Brinkley Starring: Matthew Luppino Directed By: Matthew L…
“After a couple of weeks of just doing nothing, I haven’t had that time off since I started working at ten years old, so for me, I was like, ‘What am I supposed to do with my life?’ So, you have this soul-searching moment where you’re not sure what you’re going to do in your life,” he explained, “Even mundane tasks like doing dishes and stuff around the house seems like an impossible task.”
His short concept film “Fireflies,” was a project he’d “kicked” around for four years.
“In a time when it’s never been darker, I think it’s really important to remember the fact that we do have that light inside us, and we can still shine a light on the world,” Luppino said.
Fireflies (Official Short Film)
“Everything We Want Is On The Other Side Of Fear” We are the fireflies. United, we all shine light on this world. And together, we can change this world. Wri…
The film begins with a metaphor.
“I start the film off saying that I’ve always thought of myself as a firefly, that I’m a bright light to the darkness around me,” he explained.
“Fireflies” was written in an hour and to be shot in Luppino’s backyard. With help from his fiancé, Laura Holman, they filmed and completed the project in 6 days. It was important for him to keep his mind busy during the pandemic, and used this film to represent his feelings.
“It wasn’t until we hit such a global loss; everything you could think about was such negative energy,” Luppino said. “It wasn’t until the darkest moment in our history that it clicked in and said, this is the type of film and this type of message. I think that the people are going to listen to this type of message in a different way than they would have even if I put it out last year.”
He is extremely passionate about how his projects make people feel. He wants to be an inspiration for anyone who may be struggling with problems he has already faced.
“I don’t just make stories to make films, I tell stories that matter,” he said. “That’s kind of what separates me from a lot of different other filmmakers and artists in general. I don’t just write things to write them, I write them because it cathartic to me and it’s a story that matters.”
Writing has always been an outlet for Luppino, but he believes that a lot of his best work comes out of pain.
“All of my work has been about heartbreak up until the last couple of years. I’ve always struggled with how to create more inspiring work because I think my writing shines when I’m feeling a sort of pain,” he explained, “It’s cathartic for me to write when I’m in pain. Being a suicide survivor and dealing with depression, my film H.O.P.E dealt with, I write my best when I’m going through something tragic or I feel some kind of angst or pain inside. This was one of the darkest moments in my life and some days I wish I could go back to the person I was and tell him that life gets better. That’s what I try to do in this film and let people know that there is H.O.P.E. and to Hold On Pain Ends.”
Again, Luppino is a huge mental health advocate. He cares deeply about the cause, and he’s proud. He uses his art, and his highs and lows to demonstrate how people can create during hard times.
“People need to also recognize that we’re human and there are things that are always going to affect us, so what I want people to take away from my work is that if I have the courage and the strength to stand toe to toe with my mental health, my disorder and the things that I’ve gone through,” he said. “I want people to have the same type of courage to believe in themselves and always know life gets better.”
The pandemic and COVID-19 have become a new outlet for Luppino to write and think. He is currently collaborating with Mi5 Recordings Artist, Christian Vegh who is doing the music score for his latest film “Stardust” which captures the serendipity of relationships.
“This Pandemic is tragic and my heart goes out to everyone suffering. Being isolated got me in a creative mode, it was a blessing in disguise because I don’t think I would have gotten that opportunity if I was still working,” said Luppino. He believes deeply in his work and that his art is evolving.
Luppino is also a Canadian Indie Rapper and during the Pandemic he released another CD Closure to add to his first two Crossroads and Timeless. He writes, performs and produces music but when he combines his music and film passion to create music videos, the full impact of his gifts hits you.
He recently created 4 music videos for award-winning Artist Christian Vegh during the pandemic. They included “90”s Movie” video released by Mi5 Recordings – Universal Music Group which reached #26 on the DRT Global Rock Charts and 98 on the top 200 Independent Artists. Luppo Studios Productions Inc. captured the vintage feel of the song in the music video which was filmed in one day at the Canadian Transportation Museum.
Luppino plans to continue his artistry no matter what, pandemic or not.
“The future full of possibility, and it’s a chance to grow and change,” he explained. “It’s also an opportunity for all of us to have something better than before.”
“Whatever happens next is out of our control,” he said, “and we have to just let it happen and believe it in the greater good. Become a phoenix and rise from the ashes with me”
H.O.P.E. (Hold. On. Pain. Ends.)
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