Friday 22 November 2013

More matte paintings

Following on from my other blogs about matte paintings (here, here (the Return of the Jedi one), here and here), I couldn't resist doing some more research and so here's another one, from the last great surge of glass and paint art, before everything went digital...

Escape From New York (1981)
artwork by James Cameron (before he became a film director).

His New York skyline was painted onto a glass panel which was set up in front of the camera so that the effect was captured live, rather than being put together (a much more costly process) in post production.

Poltergeist (1982)
artwork by Mike Pangrazio

Robocop (1987)
artwork by Rocco Gioffre
Finished plate, only the lift and surrounding concrete is real.

Predator 2 (1990)
artwork by Mark Whitlock (son of Albert)

Views of the city, all paint on glass

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
artwork by Rocco Gioffre
 Rather than erect a billboard over Sunset Boulevard, the filmmakers combined an insert of two men shot against a fake sign in Arizona, actual footage of the road and this fantastic artwork.  The sun flare was created by shining a bright light directly at the camera through a small unpainted area.
Another one from the same film, this time painted by Jesse Silver, is a wonderful example of an invisible matte shot - if you didn't know it was there, you'd never notice it.

The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
artwork by Paul Lasaine

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