The Pixel Questionnaire: Matt Stout

Words by NJI
Published May 1, 2021
Last Updated June 26, 2024

Our Chief Panda Officer, always near the genesis of an inspired idea (or cocktail), often recalls Marcel Proust’s wit for answering Victorian parlor game questions. Pixel has traveled far from the salons of Paris, but her interest remains piqued in which questions truly reflect a person’s character. Packing just the right amount of punch, NJI created The Pixel Questionnaire to give a glimpse into the inner workings of some of our most intriguing minds.

After testing the depths of his Barenaked Ladies song lyrics knowledge, we tucked into an amazing sushi dinner alongside Senior Producer Matt Stout. Always willing to jump in to any project, we wanted to know more about what inspires this D.C.-based video team talent.

What is your spirit animal?

Red Panda.

If not yourself, who would you be?

Thom Yorke.

If you had a superpower?

Freezing time.

What is your most unusual talent?

I know all the words to “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies.

What would you do if you got stuck in an elevator?

Deep breaths… Call everyone I know.

On what occasions do you lie?

YouTube surveys.

If you could jump into a pool of something, what would it be?

Preferably water, but jello could be fun.

What is your favorite drink?


If a movie were made about your career, what would be the title?

A Series of Somewhat Fortunate Events.

You’ve been given an elephant. What do you do?

(See elevator answer).

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Your most treasured possession?

My guitar.

If you could breed two animals together, what would they be?

Raccoon and Great Dane.

Do you have any superstitions?

I don’t “cheers” with water.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

LCD Soundsystem’s “The Long Goodbye” show at Madison Square Gardens.

What is something you hate but wish you loved?


Garden gnomes — what do you think?

Spies for Santa.

If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?

Tightrope Watcher.

What one object do you take with you on a desert island (you have water and food already)?

Legally Blonde.

Who inspires you?

DIY Filmmakers.

What is something you get wrong every time you try?

Rubix cubes.

Who would you like to sit next to on a 10 hour flight?

David Lynch.

What was the last gift you got someone?

Criterion Collection Gift Card.

If you could talk to one species of animals, which one would it be?


If NJI were a television show or movie, what would it be?

The Devil Wears Prada / Mad Men crossover.

Who will Pixel interview next? The subject is yet to be revealed, but your patience will be rewarded. She always has the most unexpected ideas.