What Was I Thinking?

June 19, 2007    By: Matt W. @ 6:53 am   Category: Life

About a month before I went on my mission, I made this movie while I was trying to teach myself Maya. I obviously thought “The Matrix” was a great movie. And No I didn’t think this is what being a missionary was like. Anyway, I never did figure out the kinematics, but I thought this was a fun way to let you know me a bit better.



  1. Hehehe. That is hilarious Matt.

    Comment by Geoff J — June 19, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  2. I like the part where the BofM burns a hole in the bad guy. I only had to use that trick a handful of times on my mission.

    Comment by Jacob J — June 19, 2007 @ 9:41 am

  3. If any one is wondering who the picture is at the end, that’s my wife and I in 1999(before we were married).

    Jacob, who knew the gold reflective ink on the BOM was so useful…

    Comment by Matt W. — June 19, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  4. That was fun! Just the sort of thing my missionary son would have done if he’d had the chance before leaving. In high school he made a short clip of cartoon figures fighting for a seminary project. He would have loved this clip!

    Comment by AJ — June 19, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

  5. That was pretty sweet! My 5 year old son thinks the “kung fu” missionaries rock! He comes running over when ever he hears it being played.

    Comment by Kristen J — June 19, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

  6. AJ, Kristen: Thanks for the compliments.

    This is probably the last “art” project I ever worked on. Maybe I should get back into it when I get some time. You know…in 20 years or so…

    Comment by Matt W. — June 20, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

  7. I hope you are paying Elder Knudsen royalties for your portrayal of him here — that is exactly what his mission was like every single day (except that sometimes he had to take on his companions as well as the evil spirits).

    Simply awesome.

    Comment by Glenn — June 21, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  8. Glenn, Elder Knudson can read his name on the nametag.

    Comment by Matt W. — June 21, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  9. That would Rock!

    Ok, here’s what I want to see for the sequel — Elder Knudsen steps out of his missionary apartment — terminator-like sunglasses on. He scans the scene around him: a wine-o hunched over in an ally drinking from a brown paper bag, a group of tattooed, ear-ring’d bikers chatting up some girls in bikinis next to a Coke machine.

    We see the scene through the POV of the terminator glasses as Elder K zeros in on the iniquity. He raises his hand and waves it, a’la Obi Wan Kenobi.

    The wine-o gaggs in mid-gulp — he pours out the contents of the brown paper bag — first red, then clear — wine changed to water. The tattooes and earings fall off the biker guys, the bikes turn into tricycles, and their hair is magically combed Leave it to Beaver style. The bikini-clad girls are made over to look like middle-aged librarians. The Coke machine explodes.

    Elder K picks a flower, sniffs it, a rainbow appears — he moves on.

    Comment by Glenn — June 21, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  10. Did I mention I think Elder K is an annoying and not-funny character? Oh yeah… I think I have said that a few times now. (I like you just fine and think you are ok though Glenn.)

    Comment by Geoff J — June 21, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  11. Yes, I think you may have mentioned that once or twice. Well, it makes sense — he is kind of a “certainty” punching bag — an over-extreme zealot who thinks he has it all right but clearly has it all wrong. I can see why that would be annoying and un-funny. Still, he would love to star in a Matt W. “kick the evil out of the evil spirits” kung-fu video. It’s the Dwight K Schrute part of him. Anyway… If it makes you feel any better, SEK doesn’t really like anybody else, either, so…

    Comment by Glenn — June 21, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

  12. Despite knowing exactly what Maya is and having dabbled a little (very little myself), I was about half way through the video before I realized you weren’t going to say anything about the pre-Columbian language.

    Comment by Robert — July 1, 2007 @ 9:13 pm