A short post with some examples of matte painting details. Up close and personal!
I was going through some old work and thought I’d share some of these detailed sections of matte paintings. Wondering how loose they can be painted and still work on the screen, then check these out.
Each of these are parts of final mattes that ended up ON THE SCREEN, ie, what you see here was recorded to film and sent out into the world!
The first two matte images are from the Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring. Its the scene of the Fellowship leaving from Rivendell. The second series of images are from a Chinese film called, Seven Swords.
With the advent of digital projection and hi def TV’s I’m not sure if such loose painting translates as well. Every pixel in the painting literally is a pixel on the screen, whereas images recorded to film seem to come out the other side a little more organic and the looseness seems to blend in.
If I come across any more of my old matte paintings that show this loose approach, I’ll be sure to post them!