Faculty and Staff

Matthew Crick

Professor • Department of Communication

Matt Crick is an independent documentary filmmaker and educator. He's directed and produced a feature-length award-winning documentary on the 1950s Universal film “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” called Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man, distributed through Shadowplay Entertainment, and a short documentary on a pre-Civil War fort in Queens, New York. His feature-length documentary project, Paper Tiger, recently won a Bronze Telly Award for the film's fundraising trailer. In the Summer of 2019, he won four awards for directing, producing, writing and editing a not-for-profit fundraising video. Crick has over 30 years of experience in video, broadcast television, corporate, independent, and educational video production. He has produced hundreds of hours of creative content and is a skilled director, writer, camera operator, and editor. Crick is a Professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, teaching courses in theory, live, multi-camera switched television, and media production. Crick holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Rutgers University. Dr. Crick's first book, Power, Surveillance, and Culture in YouTube's Digital Sphere was published with IGI Global. His second book, Applied Communication, and Practice, First Edition, was released in 2019 through Cognella Academic Publishing. Crick is writing a new book called Essential Storytelling: Live Multi-camera Television and Field Production. Crick is currently enrolled in an MFA in Directing program at Farleigh Dickinson University and actively creates short and long-form live-action content.

Professional Interests

Horror, Science Fiction film and U.S. film history, human/technology interaction and history, social media, and video sharing influence.

Other Interests

1980's First Wave, fishing, U.S. pop culture

Languages (other than English)



PhD Media Studies , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ


YouTube, Documentary and Television Production

Representative Publications

Book Review: Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media; University of Illinois Press; Volume 71, 2019

Applied Communication and Practice - First Edition; Wayne; Cognella; 2019

Power, Surveillance, and Culture in YouTube™'s Digital Sphere; Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities; IGI Global; 2016

Social Media Use in the Bronx: New Research and Innovations in the Study of YouTube's Digital Neighborhood; Journal of Technology in Human Services; Volume 30, Issue 3-4 2012

Awards and Honors

2019 Bronze Telly Award - AUCCNJ Fundraising Video: Non-Broadcast Not for Profit Category
Telly Awards

2019 Bronze Telly Award, Directing: Non-Broadcast Craft Category
Telly Awards

2019 Communicator Awards Distinction: AUCCNJ Fundraising Video: Craft Category – Editing for Online Video
The Communicator Awards

2019 Communicator Awards Distinction: AUCCNJ Fundraising Video: Individual Award: Non-Profit Online Video Category
The Communicator Awards

Bronze Telly Award for Best Director
The Tellys

Notable Courses Taught

Beginning and Advanced Television production, Film 1, Media Capstone, Digital Communication Applications (Graduate), Communication Studies and Practice, Video Production and Editing, Communication in Action.

By appointment