Matthew DeWinkeleer

Producer, Interior Modeler, Legal

Matthew is a 29 year old from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. First and foremost he is a Titanic enthusiast but has many other talents under his belt. He has studied drafting and design, modeling and programming, theater, film, and even business and accounting.

However he started out with the goal of becoming an architect and designer and took four years of computer aided design and drafting classes at his high school. After deciding to try theater and film, he focused on set design and direction to utilize his skill in drafting in community college. That is when he started with 3D modeling on the side for fun. Eventually theater went away and replaced by film when he moved to Florida to study at Full Sail University. There, he focused on both production management and production design, and worked on some projects in the area as assistant production coordinator. Production management then led him to further his education in business and accounting at the University of Central Florida. After finishing his education he returned home to Massachusetts.

As a child, long before Matt began modeling in the world of bits and pixels, he got creative with everyday objects and materials. Here is one of the first models he ever made.


But modeling the Titanic came early to Matthew when he made his first recreation of the Titanic at age seven. Using a newspaper clipping with a photo of the Titanic, he transformed a plastic container, four cardboard tubes, a bunch of tape, and some paper into a sea-worthy model of Titanic fit for his pool. Eventually, it was sunk, but she was the first in a line of many models Matthew would create of the great ship. From cardboard exteriors to almost dollhouse-like interiors, Matthew worked on his models until Titanic came back to life when the release of the movie, and his world grew.

In 5th grade, Matt press-ganged his friends into wearing laminated badges like this one for a 'Titanic Club' he created.

In 5th grade, Matt press-ganged his friends into wearing laminated badges like this one for a 'Titanic Club' he created.


Eventually he would subject his family and friends to his Titanic obsession. Holding memorial parties for the entire 5th grade, watching Titanic movies at his birthday party, and even inviting a few friends over for a documentary after school, he was passionate not only about learning all he could of this great ship, but desired to teach and share with others the amazing story which was Titanic.


He forced his family and friends to visit with him the Titanic Historical Society, artifacts exhibitions, and numerous Titanic memorials. He has also hosted tri-annual Titanic events culminating with 2012’s Titanic’s maiden voyage centenary anniversary. Failing at being able to finish an actual physical scale model of the Titanic, due to each kit being too inaccurate for him, he turned his attention to the digital world where he could create the Titanic in full. Starting with decks and rooms made from simple cubes and walls, he then began to detail rooms and hallways with moldings, doors, portholes and even coat hooks. After teaching himself in numerous design and modeling programs, he has either completed or has in progress practically all of the interior of the Titanic in all her historical detail.

Matt hangs out with project director Thomas Lynskey on the wireless room set Tom built for his film The Last Signals.

Matt hangs out with project director Thomas Lynskey on the wireless room set Tom built for his film The Last Signals.


Matthew’s primary role in the Honor and Glory team is to model the ship’s interiors, from the grandest, largest, most well-known public rooms of first class, to the lowest, tiniest cabins of the crew, all the corridors, staircases, and rooms of all sizes in between, and the furniture and decor that fill those spaces. His desire of perfection has generated many years of work with his models. He continues to update them as he uncovers new photographic evidence or is given valuable information from highly respected members of the Titanic community.


Having been born decades too late, Matthew has always dreamed of seeing the brand new Titanic. Now as he attempts to bring her back to life in the boundless digital world, he only wishes to be able to share his digital creation with all people who are still fascinated with her even 100 years after her only voyage.