July 9, 2015

Matte Painting for Cinema

Readers of this blog will know I am very interested in realistic backdrop (back scene for our UK readers) painting. I recently came across this blog, Matte Shot dedicated to matte painting for cinema. There is not a lot of instruction on the site, but it included hundreds of samples of matte painting for films. Some you will recognize from your favorite movies. 
Matte painting for the movie "Winds of War"


What I found interesting is that many of the matte paintings on display at the site were not "photo realistic." Apparently they just need to look good enough for the quick views that one gets in a movie. 

I recommend taking a look at the site.  You might get some good ideas for painting or photo compositing your own backdrops. 

With most special effects now done  with  Computer Graphic Images (CGI), traditional  cinema matte painting is becoming a lost art. 

Scene from Naked Gun

1 comment:

  1. You might also enjoy this one, that also focuses on non-digital visual effects in the movies:

    http://modelshipsinthecinema.com/wp/

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