Get To Know: Matt Lockwood
Occupation: Student, Paypal employee, Dungeon Master, wizard
Family: Father, Mark; mother, Bonnie; and sister Laura
Hobbies: “I enjoy reading quite a bit, and occasionally I will try my hand at writing short stories of the science fiction variety, but I've never had the daring to try to get anything published."
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Almost every Friday, you'll see Matt Lockwood at the movie theater watching a new release, and sometimes he'll sit through two in a row.
Clutching a peach Sprite, Lockwood takes in just about everything that comes to theaters in Omaha.
“It's my raw zeal and enthusiasm for cinema,” he said.
Growing up, going to the movie was a special treat for his family, and it happened on very rare occasions. When Lockwood, 31, got out on his own, he realized he could go to any and every movie that he wanted.
“It's like being given the keys to the candy store,” he said. “This wonderful thing that was always a magical treat, now I can do whenever … I want? Hell, yeah!”
These days, Lockwood is studying history at University of Nebraska at Omaha and is hoping to be a teacher. His studies often mean he doesn't do the marathon movie sessions that he used to, but he still tries to see almost everything in his duties as co-host of the Movieha! podcast, which he hosts with Ryan Syrek.
Lockwood and Syrek call themselves “Omaha's movie podcast,” and they specialize in seeing films that are available in Omaha theaters. It's available on iTunes.
When he's not at the theater, Lockwood is often reading or writing. He's also an avid player of Dungeons and Dragons, and he runs a game as Dungeon Master every week at Legend Comics & Coffee.
He began playing the game in junior high and got more serious about it in his 20s.
Eventually, he got serious enough to make his love of the game permanent. On his arms are many tattoos — saints, a Celtic cross, a dragon and more — and he added a D&D tattoo, which includes two gaming dice, a dagger and the words “critical hit.”
“It basically makes me the nerdiest guy you know,” Lockwood said. “That was actually my third tattoo. We were playing D&D one time and were talking about nerdy tattoo stuff. I said, 'It would be totally rad to get this tattoo.' I realized I've already got all these tattoos, so why not get this one, too?”