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Matte Shot – a tribute to Golden Period particular fx: INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: THE MATTE ART



Hello there associates, followers and fellow movie fanatics.  It’s, with out query, properly and really time to look at extra of that completely magical misplaced artwork type of the standard, hand painted and photo-chemically assembled matte shot.  I’ve an epic (really!) rundown right here at the moment, because the continuation of the mammoth tribute piece to Industrial Gentle & Magic‘s matte portray division and the personalities therein.

As with the primary a part of this in depth overview, I’ve tried to cowl all the ILM conventional mattes as finest I can, and in chronological order.  There are some acquainted pictures right here for positive, but in addition various lengthy forgotten mattes from a mixture of genres, all having been a product of the ILM manufacturing facility.  The primary movie lined right here at the moment is one I neglected in Half One (THE DARK CRYSTAL), so, apologies.

A lot of painters proceed to be celebrated, as do cameramen and others.  Half One included basis magicians of the matte Harrison Ellenshaw, Alan Maley and Ralph McQuarrie, adopted by the subsequent era of exponents similar to Michael Pangrazio, Christopher Evans, Frank Ordaz and Caroleen Inexperienced.  Half Two carries over a few of these storied skills in addition to including in some recent names similar to Sean Joyce, Yusei Uesugi, Richard Van Der Wendt, Paul Swensden and the multi-talented Mark Sullivan.  Additionally, in a few movie entries I am going to level out different non-ILM mattes that had been rendered elsewhere by different artists similar to Doug Ferris and Charles Stoneham within the UK, in addition to veteran Jim Danforth at his Results Associates fx firm.  I’ve endeavoured to be as full as attainable, so if anybody on the market spots one thing that I’ve missed – be it a matte or movie title – let me know.


I stumbled, purely by chance, throughout a superb podcast web site referred to as Filmumentaries, which delves into complete and clever visitor interviews by creator and host, British podcaster Jamie Benning, with all method of movie trade folks, similar to ILM and Matte World’s Craig Barron and Michael Pangrazio as two examples.  Craig’s podcast could be discovered right here, whereas Mike’s is right here.  Extremely beneficial, and I merely should dig deeper!


*** We right here at Matte Shot want to take this chance to increase our sort ideas and utmost help to the sheer energy and resolve of the courageous and brave folks, armed forces and bonafide democratic authorities of the sovereign nation of Ukraine.       The frenzy of brutality, mass homicide and wholesale destruction – all clearly crimes in opposition to humanity – engineered by Putin’s fascist, genocidal Russian struggle machine, upon the harmless Ukrainian inhabitants is unforgiveable.  The whole ‘free’ world is on the facet of Ukraine, with the Russian invaders worldwide credibility now competely misplaced because of the actions of their dictator, for generations to come back.

All the very best.



Now, with that necessary opinion piece off my chest, it is time to start our journey down the magical matte painted freeway…

Benefit from the journey…

***This put up, and all 175 earlier blogposts often known as ‘Matte Shot’, had been initially created by Peter Prepare dinner for nzpetesmatteshot, with all content material, format and textual content initially revealed at http://nzpetesmatteshot.blogspot.com/


Consistent with an supposed chronological rundown, I had meant to incorporate THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) within the earlier a part of this ILM retrospective, so with oversight corrected, right here it now seems.

DARK CRYSTAL was a completely British primarily based manufacturing, with visible results supervised by UK optical veteran Roy Subject.  A number of the mattes had been performed at Roy’s firm Optical Movie Results, in London – and people examples come are proven after I display the ILM pictures.  ILM had been referred to as and given a complete of eight painted mattes to render some whereas into late manufacturing, to additional flesh out the broad vistas, and the completed pictures had been certainly magnificent.  This can be a Mike Pangrazio matte.

Pangrazio at work on above matte at ILM.

One other of Mike’s mattes from the identical sequence.

Pangrazio and brush…

This lovely shot was the work of ILM’s Christopher Evans.

A more in-depth look…

One other of Evans’ mattes.  Unusually, all the ILM mattes had been shot and composited on 4-perf, slightly than their customary VistaVision 8-perf.  Matte digicam operator Craig Barron recalled the project as being one of many uncommon pick-up matte jobs that got here into the matte division, and was fully separate from the remainder of ILM’s operation.

This shot is a Mike Pangrazio matte.

Chris Evans matte shot.


I am not fully positive about all of those, however can state that the underside left body with the swirling sky was executed at Roy Subject’s O.F.E in London.  Veteran matte artist Doug Ferris first tried to create the impact as a big glass portray and smoke results (proven beneath), however early trials had been disappointing.  The results shot was ultimately achieved by UK fx man Jon Sorenson as a mixed water tank gag.

UK matte artists Charles Stoneham (left) and Doug Ferris (proper) at work on mattes.  Some fx pictures had been dropped when the working time was shortened after preview audiences had been confused.  The three mattes right here had been Stonehams work.  

These 4 mattes had been additionally painted by Charles Stoneham and photographed by Martin Physique at Roy Subject’s Optical Movie Results.


I appear to recall that Ron Howard’s COCOON (1985) may need received the very best vfx Oscar that 12 months.

The movie featured just a few matte painted pictures, although the quite a few cel animated optical pictures had been actually spectacular.

Multi-plane matte artwork for digicam transfer which opens the present.

Child on set shot in opposition to a blue display screen, with an intensive Caroleen Inexperienced matte painted neighbourhood and moonscape added in.

Caroleen Inexperienced proven right here at work on the above matte artwork.

Matted housing sub-division.

A more in-depth view of Caroleen’s moonscape.

Organising the massive multi-plane glass painted intersteller vista for the dramatic conclusion of COCOON. A complete of 4 8 foot sq. glass sheets had been required.  Matte supervisor Chris Evans used translucent acrylic paint and cautious airbrushing.  The sheets of glass had been mounted parallel to one another, backlit, and shot with a movement management digicam transfer, with the miniature mothership composited in later.

Matte painter Caroleen Inexperienced proven with giant scale paintings and spacecraft miniature in what is probably going a paste-up departmental publicity shot.

Inexperienced armed with airbrush, completes the enormous Earth portray as a part of the concluding sequence.

And that is how the sequence formed up on display screen (additionally see following frames…)

An important little film, bolstered by the fantastic forged, particularly the late, nice Brian Dennehy and the at all times outstanding veteran, Hume Cronyn.


Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS (1985) was, to a sure extent, entertaining, however, as with lots of Joe’s flicks, simply by no means knew when to stop!  The entire Earthbound stuff was nice, however as soon as the alien creatures acquired in on the act it turned tiresome, slightly rapidly.  It does, nonetheless, have Dick Miller in it…. at all times a plus!

Round a dozen matte work had been utilized in EXPLORERS, with all being night time time suburban neighbourhoods and the like.  Right here is artist Sean Joyce at work on one such view.

Sean’s portray with miniature residence constructed DIY spacecraft, theThunder Street, doubled in, together with foreground tree parts.

In depth matte artwork brings good ethereal moonlit luminence to the proceedings that precise location first unit work could not.

Extra mattes develop the youngsters environs.  The decrease left Drive-In sequence was a hoot, with intentionally hokey fake dangerous sci-fi flick enjoying, all out of sync, if I recall – very similar to some 60’s Italian area epic!  Will get actually humorous when an precise genuine flying saucer cruises up in entrance of the display screen and buzzes the viewers, with one slick man in his automobile attempting to impress his girlfriend with:  “Oh, that is so dangerous… you’ll be able to even see all the matte strains” (if I recall).  Finest bit within the film.

Sean Joyce provides element to one in all his many mattes…
The ultimate shot …

Lining up a considerable foreground miniature set with background matte artwork.

Each Sean Joyce and Michael Pangrazio shared portray duties on EXPLORERS.

Presumably window illuminations and so forth will need to have been backlit gags, presumably shot a separate go.

The portray used for the above shot, with matte cameraman Craig Barron proven right here.

A mixed giant matte portray with added bodily 3D reduction, a layer of fibrefill clouds strategically organized on a glass plate, with the Thunder Bay mannequin craft doubled in.


German director Wolfgang Peterson turned out a fairly fascinating sci-fi tackle the outdated Lee Marvin-Toshiro Mifune basic, HELL IN THE PACIFIC, with this area opera, ENEMY MINE (1985).

The flick was okay I suppose, however made fairly watchable with good fx character make up and ILM’s glorious visible contibutions.

As a visible results showcase, the movie stands up very properly, even many years later, and options a large number of lovely painted mattes.

Unique footage made by one other director was shot in Iceland, however all of that work was jettisoned by the studio attributable to ‘inventive variations’ and schedule over-runs.  Filming resumed underneath a brand new regime and the unit was despatched to Lanzarote, within the Canary Islands, the place WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH had been filmed a few years earlier, to glorious impact.
Earlier than and after the place unique panorama has been enhanced with painted sky and moons (see beneath)

The identical matte shot, although optically flopped for the discharge model.

A Chris Evans matte (see beneath)
Chris Evans works on one of many many mattes for the present (see beneath), whereas at higher proper is director Wolfgang Peterson, seen right here with one of many miniature units constructed and shot at Bavaria Studios in Munich, Germany.  The troubled manufacturing noticed all interiors and units shot in Munich, whereas second unit and plate images for alien landscapes had been shot within the Canary Islands.  Put up-production opticals and matte work was all carried out again at ILM.
The crashed ship and far paintings…

Earlier than and after pre-comp.

The ultimate composite of the above frames.

I am unsure if the actors went to Lanzarote, or simply the 2nd unit and results unit digicam crews?

The matte division had already formulated an total ‘look’ and design for the assorted pictures earlier than first unit manufacturing was underway with the preliminary director, although these designs had been later altered and reimagined considerably as soon as the brand new director took the reigns.

German movie maker Wolfgang Peterson in ILM’s matte studio.
I am unsure, however this is likely to be the identical matte proven above, with sky now painted in?
Matte cameraman Craig Barron and assistant Wade Childress went to the Canary Islands and shot many 8-perf latent picture plates with their VistaVision digicam.

The meteor bathe… most likely attributable to international warming or some such factor…

Nearly all the mattes had been executed as authentic destructive composites to take care of most high quality.  The matte division had been closely concerned with the planning of proposed mattes from early on within the manufacturing, importantly, because the work and comps had been to be o/neg, a lot foresight was required.

Miniature, matte artwork and blue screened actors in Munich.

The director was very particular about color schemes, with these determined upon in conceptual design sketches translate precisely with mattes and composites.

A spectacular tilt matte shot.

A more in-depth take a look at the higher a part of that very same matte.

Likewise with the decrease portion…

Matte cinematographer Craig Barron and chief matte painter Chris Evans had been gung-ho about utilizing the latent picture authentic destructive method, to maximise high quality, color matching, refined comfortable edged mixing and no lack of distinction given the various night time time matte pictures.

This expansive shot lasts on display screen for one complete minute and comprises varied parts.  The ocean and intense solar was a reside plate filmed in San Francisco, the sky, mountains and far of the group had been all a matte portray,  They filmed some 30 extras in costume and composited them into areas of the portray through entrance projection.
Amid a grandest of intergalactic vista’s, our two actors are doubled in atop the cliff.

ILM artist Sean Joyce together with his jaw dropping sundown portray.  An ardent admirer of grasp matte painter Albert Whitlock, in an interview Sean acknowledged that this explicit matte portray was his personal private tribute to Whitlock.

Cameraman Wade Childress arranges Sean’s splendid portray for images, in addition to a separate ‘burning solar’ component to finish the impact.

The solar sinks slowly into the west…


The 1985 pic YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (referred to as PYRAMID OF FEAR on this a part of the world for some inexplicable motive!) was one other dazzling fx showcase, leading to one other nomination for the ILM results boys.

Michael Pangrazio including wonderful element to one in all simply three mattes required for the movie.

Mike’s portray in an authentic destructive matte shot.

A awful picture, nevertheless it is in full color.  I do attempt to be as full as attainable with what I’ve on file.

An fascinating mixture shot, with foreground miniature avenue and buildings, matte painted metropolis past, and reside motion figures doubled in.  By the way, the movie was a bonanza of VFX, with good cease movement, opticals and the primary ever(?) digitally created ‘stained glass man’, which was a show-stopper.

The one different matte portray that I am conscious of was this one – I feel the work of Caroleen Inexperienced – with further fx parts added later.  I recall Craig Barron explaining this shot to me years in the past, and I feel he acknowledged that the unique reside motion plate with actors climbing (or sliding?) on pyramid’s facade – shot in England – was unusable attributable to digicam motor surge or flicker.  The matte division, I recall, needed to cel animate the figures in entrance of the portray.  Apparently, this form of ‘animation’ over a painted scene was an outdated and tried & true method utilized by Albert Whitlock on scores of movies, and actually set a benchmark inside the vfx trade.


Except for TV’s 70’s MUPPET SHOW I might by no means actually get into the Jim Henson kiddie-fantasy movies.  In all probability attributable to my ardour for Dario Argento and DePalma horror and hard-hitting Sidney Lumet sort critical police drama.  Anyway, LABYRINTH (1986) was an enormous hit, so what do I do know.  

Oh, and Jennifer Connelly was an absolute doll (and hey, she even appeared in Argento’s blood, corpse and maggot soaked CREEPERS across the identical time, so that is one thing!)
Apparently, the movie was a UK primarily based present, with the results largely carried on the market.  I am going to display the British matte pictures after the ILM pictures.  I feel Caroleen Inexperienced might have painted this one?
Some nearer element…

Undecided if this matte is the very same portray or one not used?  It could be one in all Doug Ferris’ mattes from the UK?  Be aware the face of David Bowie clearly woven into the hedgerow, some extent that Ferris made some extent of mentioning in an interview, and the way Henson needed to merge Bowie’s visage into as a lot of the matte work as attainable.

Undecided if this one is ILM, however there’s Bowie’s face painted into the stonework at proper.

This shot I can verify is a Caroleen Inexperienced portray, with this body enlarged from an authentic unbalanced 35mm trim.

The identical shot as seen within the BluRay version.


Veteran British matte and optical artist Doug Ferris and matte cameraman John Grant equipped various pictures.  In accordance with Grant they did some 14 pictures although I might by no means discover that many, so possibly some had been dropped within the last edit, or changed by ILM later?  This sequence is Doug’s.

The identical sequence rendered by Doug Ferris and John Grant.  Doug began off in 1961 at Shepperton Studios in England, with the sci-fi basic THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS being his first movie by which he supplied stop-motion miniature vehicles doubled right into a matte painted abandoned Paris.

One other of Doug’s pictures.  Good portray and environment however marred by a lower than spectacular marriage of paintings to reside motion plate, sadly.

Not sure who did these, although I am positive a good quantity of refined and properly built-in matte artwork was wanted to breath life into these superb Escher-esque units.  

The units would have been inconceivable to assemble as a sensible environ – a veritable nightmare for architects and carpenters I would think about.

Definitely an optical composite becoming a member of completely different partial units, little question blended with refined matte artwork.

Fabulous artwork path, with this prolonged matte artwork and optical fx sequence being the movie’s spotlight.


You’ll be able to’t criticise Pete for not going the entire distance for the sake of this splendid blog-site.  I noticed this silly bloody factor again within the 1980’s and felt it was utter crap.  Regardless of these darkish reminiscences from many years in the past I felt it my responsibility to take one other ‘gander’ at HOWARD THE DUCK (1986) for the needs of matte shot analysis! Nonetheless crap, however not fairly as dangerous as I appear to recall, with some moments of amusement amid the various visible results… and Lea Thompson is nonetheless kinda sizzling. 

In my a part of the world, this movie was launched with no point out of a fucking duck being the main character (for good motive!), and was retitled HOWARD – A NEW BREED OF HERO.  Audiences spat out their popcorn as soon as it turned obvious the ‘star’ had webbed ft, a invoice and feathers!!!  In all probability demanded their hard-earned coin again.  Anyway, the highest body is a few form of fx shot, although is a part of a really broad pan throughout the Duck’s metropolis.  Probably a full metropolis portray, or a minimum of the night time sky?

A lot of spectacular matte pictures happen – largely within the first 10 minutes – with this spectacular ‘birds-eye’ vantage level of Duckberg(!)

Frank Ordaz was supervising matte painter, with Sean Joyce, Richard van der Wendt and the stunning Caroleen Inexperienced tasked with a lot brushwork.

I had hoped it had been ‘duck season’, however sadly it was ‘wabbit season’.  Give it some thought…it is a slightly intelligent joke 😉    **(apologies to the late, nice Mr Chuck Jones)

Spectacular matte artwork augments an indescribable sequence the place ‘Howard’ is sucked out his residence planet straight by means of to Earth.  Who writes these items?

Most of the galactic pictures function a refined digicam transfer, typically multi-plane.

Multi-plane matte work the place stated poultry falls to Earth.  Quack, Quack!

Continuation of identical with painted metropolis and separate layer of clouds – most likely cotton wool.

A Frank Ordaz matte shot the place round 60% of the body has been painted.  Purple blinking lights atop the Dynatechnics complicated add a pleasant ‘reside’ contact.  This body is from the BluRay.

Similar matte because it regarded as an authentic 35mm check body.

A pleasant invisible tilt up trick shot by Caroleen Inexperienced.

Fantastically performed, with no clue as to the place the be part of is between actual and painted.

Caroleen Inexperienced’s painted intergalactic zapping contraption, and certain the roof of the complicated as properly.

Location motion with painted set extensions and clouds.

Credit score the place credit score’s due…


The final of the actually good Trek films, STAR TREK IV (1986) was an entire heap of enjoyable, and actually, regarded like all people on display screen had been having a ball.

Left, Craig Barron with matte on stand for composite work.  Proper, Frank Ordaz deep in focus.

Ralph McQuarrie served as conceptual artist on STAR TREK IV, and this was one in all his renderings of a proposed – although unused – search for Starfleet HQ in futuristic San Francisco.  Nice paintings!

Earlier than and afters from the ultimate model of Starfleet HQ.  I a lot desire Ralph’s idea above, personally.

An exquisite instance at left of a primary block-in with none element work utilized but.  Images like this are so uncommon to seek out and are most informative I discover.  At proper Barron and Evans focus on the ultimate portray.

The completed composite, nearly definitely an authentic destructive comp, with bi-packed spacecraft above.  Reportedly, neither Evans nor Barron had been pleased with the ultimate shot and felt it was poorly designed, too busy and lacked a central space of focus – very important when a shot is barely on display screen for some two seconds.

A shot that many would not discover as being matte artwork….  See beneath.

A full portray of a San Francisco Bay space some lots of of years sooner or later.

Idea sketch for an necessary planetary set piece.

Frank Ordaz together with his pallet rendering the Hen of Prey craft and environs.

The ultimate composite, although to this viewer all of it seems too ‘painterly’ and ‘stiff’ to be absolutely efficient.  Simply my opinion.

One other of Frank’s work, with further sunburst component.  Probably a shot recycled from the third TREK image.

The primary body from an enormous sweeping pan throughout the alien panorama because the ship lifts off.  An unlimited portray measuring some 4 x 12 ft in measurement, and rendered by Sean Joyce.

In it is entirety…

Spaceship mannequin added as a movement management component, and blue screened in actors as properly.

Engine flare and interactive ‘daylight’ upon ship shot in further movement management passes with miniature.

Sensible solar was a separate sensible component made by directing a lightweight supply immediately into the lens, with vaseline smeared on a glass as a way of diffusing the sunshine.

Undecided, however reckon that is all painted from the waterline upward.

The marine park performs an necessary function within the narrative of TREK IV.  Some ingenious trick work was wanted right here to mix a number of completely different places as one.  The marine institute was not really in San Francisco, and didn’t have a water tank as seen right here.  The water was shot elsewhere and matted in.  The San Francisco skyline was additionally a separate reside component, filmed hours away, and matted in too.  Some refined matte artwork was employed to tie all the completely different items of reside motion collectively – and really efficiently at that!

The identical setting as seen afterward, this time largely shot ‘as is’, with the precise empty rock pool.  Once more, the distant (actual) metropolis and sky had been precise location 2nd unit plates, although filmed some 80 miles away and mixed optically with the marine institute, once more with small diploma of painted work to marry all of it collectively as completely convincing.

Matte portray supervisor Christopher Evans at work on varied conceptual sketches for proposed matte pictures.

Matte painted park in a misty moonlit setting.


Whereas not as dangerous as most reviewers would possibly counsel, THE GOLDEN CHILD (1986) was a rollicking mixture of comedy, thriller, witchcraft and supernatural shennanigans; chock-filled with high shelf ILM visuals, from matte artwork, cease movement, cel animated gags, miniatures and some jaw-on-the-floor main fx set items.

The opening shot in Tibet was a splendidly orchestrated combination of multi-plane matte artwork by Chris Evans, and intermediate miniatures and optical snowfall.

Evans with the deep, multi-plane arrange.

Craig Barron watches on as Chris Evans touches up the miniature monestary.  I assume ILM veteran Paul Huston had a hand on this, with huge expertise in miniatures and different gags.

For inside pictures of the Tibetan monestary, Caroleen Inexperienced blocks in not solely the structure but in addition nearly all of the Buddhist clergymen.

Inexperienced working within the total construction.

The shot was conceived to have a sluggish push in transfer, so foreground miniature pillars had been constructed and positioned in entrance of the portray to lend depth.  Chris Evans is pictured right here.
Ultimate shot with solely painted monestary, largely painted folks, miniature foreground and a handful of extras in costume filmed on the left facet solely after which optically flopped to seem on the proper facet as properly, to offer some ‘reside’ motion.

One other very fast blink-and-you’d-miss-it matte painted shot was this view as a hen flutters close to ceiling.

A later go to to the Tibet setting utilises a second establishing matte shot, withb this one being a tilt upward from the reside motion folks.


THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK acquired a British BAFTA award for Finest Particular Visible Results in 1987, and the work was fairly good.

Undecided right here, could also be painted skies or split-screened in actual cloud footage?

A number of component pictures involving reside motion, portray, cel animation and presumably cloud tank gags.

The basic ‘ghostly manor’ matte shot, as seen in 100 outdated Common films.  Dwell motion decrease plate, painted stately residence and sky, plus lightning interactive gags added.

From a awful wanting DVD.

An invisible matte shot the place the home is seen far off within the distance.

Craig Barron and Sean Joyce arrange a latent picture matte shot utilising a big plywood cutout conforming to the define of the fictional home.  The black painted cutout was arrange in a selected place, with the Pacific Ocean in twilight off within the distance.  Later, the precise element of the home was painted at ILM and double uncovered into the blacked out sillhouette, with solely adequate element required for the twilight, backlit circumstances.

The shot because it seems on display screen.  A small tilt down was added to what was a totally convincing shot.

Artist Sean Joyce engaged on a sprawling daytime matte portray of the home, although sadly, dropped through the last modifying.


A well-liked children movie, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987) featured simply a few mattes in a single sequence, although did have a dynamite Rick Baker bushy Yeti go well with and superb articulation which was a personality in itself.

Oh, and that is Harry.  Extra preferable than Howard the quacking Duck…by an extended shot!

In a single key sequence, Harry stumbles throughout a busy freeway and sort of ‘freaks out’.  Matte shot with painted setting and far site visitors doubled in later.

Harry will get nearer to the roadside.  I think this complete scene was a posh vfx arrange.  The mountains are painted and the fixed passing automobiles and vehicles all look ‘matted in’.  Probably miniature site visitors added by blue display screen, particularly the massive 18 wheeler’s that roll by.  Fascinating.

A second view


Undoubtedly a cute little viewers pleaser, BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED (1988) was extremely gratifying, and because it featured one in all my fave actors from days lengthy gone, Hume Cronyn, what’s to not like?

I am pretty positive most or all of those frames are painted mattes.

An fx shot, presumably with miniature signal and painted buildings on both facet.

Caroleen Inexperienced was accountable for this tilt up matte shot of the all central outdated tenement constructing.  The plate was shot 8-perf with a VistaVision digicam mounted on it is facet, permitting a big destructive space as soon as the portray was added and an optical scan included.

Similar shot, because the partial facade is prolonged with invisible brush work.

The movie concludes with an exquisite reveal, because the tiny tenement constructing is sandwiched between a myriad of highrise skyscrapers – all a significant matte shot.
Christopher Evans at work on the matte for the above shot, additionally filmed with a sideway oriented VistaVision digicam to facilitate the intense tilt and really slight optical zoom.

Body by body because it seems on display screen.  Nearly all painted, proper down to only above the actual crowds within the precise plaza.  Evans additionally added a slot gag to his painted fountain, with fake water spraying upward.


An enormous results movie, WILLOW (1988) was nominated for the VFX Oscar that 12 months.

Nice kiddie fantasy, jammed with terrific visuals and marvellous matte artistry.  I did in depth protection of WILLOW just a few years in the past in an enormous article, and which may be learn right here.


A good entry within the sequence, however not a patch on the primary two movies, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) had one or two nice motion set items and in a minimum of one occasion, really ingenious results work by ILM, in addition to a recent secure of matte exponents.

A few of ILM’s matte division veterans similar to Barron and Pangrazio had departed the ‘company’ Lucasfilm world and established one other agency of their very own, Matte World, which in itself proved extremely profitable.  A brand new, although extremely skilled matte painter had joined ILM round this time, the multi-talented Mark Sullivan.  Following many scholar fx initiatives and a stint with David Stipes, Mark professionally entered the fx trade primarily as Jim Danforth’s protoge at Jim’s Results Associates.  The above shot was the work of Mark.  Some years in the past I carried out a deep delve profession interview with Mark: “Across the fall of 1988 I acquired a name from Scott Ross, ILM’s normal supervisor.  Aside from a few of the digicam folks, just about your complete matte division personnel had departed ILM that summer time, for varied causes.  ILM had INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, GHOSTBUSTERS 2 and THE ABYSS all in home, and all of these initiatives had varied matte portray pictures in want of completion earlier than Memorial Day weekend of 1989.  This shot was nearly a whole portray, with the decrease quarter or so of the automobile approaching being reside motion.  This was my first matte portray at ILM.  I began on it across the starting of November 1988.  This was the glass portray that I cracked, however Paul Huston helped me to restore.”

One other recent younger matte artist additionally joined ILM round this time, Yusei Uesugi, whom matte artist Rocco Gioffre – Sullivan’s fx enterprise associate – had met at a movie competition in Japan in 1985.  In accordance with Mark: “Yusei was a scholar on the time and approached Rocco with some examples of his matte portray experiments.  Yusei began at ILM round late January of 1989, as I recall, and we had been fairly lucky to have Caroleen Inexperienced be part of us for a number of months.”  The above shot is one in all Yusei’s mattes.

Two of Mark’s conceptual work for necessary matte pictures.

Mark’s beautifully realised matte painted establishing shot for the Republic of Hatay.  Magnificent sense of backlight and sweltering ‘humidity’.  Very ‘Whitlock’.

Matte in last levels of preparation (see beneath for last).  Mark described the arrange at ILM for me:  “Early on, for about 4 to six weeks, I used to be the one painter within the matte division.  I recommended to the powers that be that they contemplate hiring Yusei Uesugi, who had performed some good work helping each Rocco Gioffre and me at our shared studio area in West L.A the earlier 12 months.  Wade Childress, Bob Hill, Jo Carson and the multi-talented Harry Walton had been our primary digicam folks on initiatives at the moment. We might herald assist from different departments as wanted: mannequin builders for reference miniatures, grips and electricians for particular rigging set ups, and naturally the optical division to create RGB separations, registered color prints or projection plates.”

The flawless completed composite.

Additional INDY matte work above by Mark.    When requested in regards to the precise working setting, Mark advised me: “By way of the bodily infrastructure, there was a really nice second story portray studio space, with skylights over every easel.  The work can be lowered to the primary story images stage down a bit of dumbwaiter elevator system.  The matte images stage had a small, light-tight movie altering room, for loading and unloading digicam magazines, and a set of rewinds for breaking down latent picture rolls.  There have been 4 everlasting digicam set ups with matte stands; one was a flexible system with each the digicam, two portray helps and a course of projector, mounted to a movement management rig.  There was a entrance projection matte stand that we by no means used, and two mounted matte stands, constructed from field metal for locked-off pictures.  One was a Bell & Howell 2709 four-perf digicam, mounted to a metal pedestal, and the opposite, with a Vista-Imaginative and prescient eight-perf digicam, was additionally mounted on a metal pedestal.  All of the stands or pedestals had been bolted to the ground, which I imagine, was poured concrete underneath the linoleum.”

The motion heats up on this nearer reduce.

A cleverly concieved trick shot which Mark referred to as The Crescent of the Moon shot.  See beneath…

Mark described this trick shot clearly:  “This photograph, taken off-axis from the film digicam’s line up, exhibits Paul Huston’s miniature terrain behind my panel portray of the encircling mountains and sky.  Paul devised a really intelligent method to trim the underside of the portray right down to a knife edge, so it could mix higher with the background.  Paul additionally dealt with the very tough color mixing of the background miniature – the portray was created first, and the miniature was constructed to match”.

Yusei at work on parts for the dramatic ‘Leap of Religion’ sequence which in the end concerned bodily props, miniatures, matte artwork and painted backings – to superb impact.

Mark had a lot reward for miniatures collaborator Paul Huston:  “Paul was one other large expertise who appeared to take pleasure in working with the matte division.  We had been ready to avoid wasting time on sure pictures by utilizing a few of Paul’s lovely miniature work, in lieu of portray every little thing within the body.  As an illustration, a number of of the pictures in INDY’s ‘leap of religion’ sequence had been solely Paul’s work.  Paul carved and formed the steep cliff partitions, and modelled and painted the trompe l’oeil piece that Indiana Jones steps onto in that sequence.”


An amusing sequel to the hit ’84 blockbuster, GHOSTBUSTERS 2 (1989) was an enormous results project.  I by no means noticed the brand new revisionist girly re-boot, although by all accounts, it stunk!

For the deserted NYC subway station, a minimal set was constructed and prolonged significantly with matte portray and a miniature river of ‘slime’.

A second reduce from the identical scene, with a number of parts.

Undecided if this was a full matte painted New York (most likely) or retouched photograph blow up, with the lights all going out, as there’s one thing unusual goin’ on.

This shot was undoubtedly a full matte portray.

An astonishingly breathtaking full matte portray by matte supervisor Mark Sullivan.

Mark together with his masterpiece.  Unhappy to say matte followers, this lovely piece shattered to a thousand items someday later.  I tentatively introduced the subject up with Mark:  “Sure…in some unspecified time in the future when it was being hung as much as show, it was dropped and it shattered!  I do not know if it was salvageable as I wasn’t there on the time. That is the unhappy and harmful factor about utilizing glass.  I might use a warmth lamp to dry the oil painted glass mattes in a single day.  As soon as I stupidly aimed the warmth lamp at just one finish of a portray, the place I would been portray, and by the subsequent morning, the temperature distinction between the ends had cracked the glass.”
Right here is an excellent check body of Mark’s as but unfinished matte, although round 80 to 90% of it has been accomplished.

Shut up element exhibiting Mark’s perspective strains drawn in, and sketchy motor automobiles parked.

Extra element the place extremely completed brush work is juxtaposed with unfastened blocked in kinds.
The completed shot because it seems on display screen in 2.35:1 theatrical.  Love Mark’s perspective, and doubtless regard it as his finest matte, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing just about all of his archive.

One other painted broad vista of Manhattan, with evil baby-thieving ghost nanny doubled in.

I am unsure right here – definitely a number of vfx happening.  Probably painted metropolis?

The museum on the centre of the shot was a big miniature, with some reside motion and a substantial amount of Mark’s matte artwork for the rest of the view.  An authentic destructive comp, on VistaVision.

Once more, miniature museum with matte painted skyscrapers and reside motion extras.

Extra of the identical…
Matte cameraman Wade Childress takes a lightweight studying from the massive miniature of the Liberty Woman, as Mark paints the decrease portion of the statue on glass, the place rear projected characters will likely be added in what would develop into a really dramatic downview as ‘she’ involves life!

Ultimate shot.

Stunt man in a Liberty Woman go well with in a tank, shot in opposition to bluescreen.  Undecided if the town is matte painted however really feel it was doubtless as an evening shot was higher suited to matte artwork.

A monumental variety of results cuts had been wanted for the entire sequence, with some pictures being reside avenue crowds requiring painstaking roto work to incorporate motion as large woman strides down Fifth Avenue. Some pictures used miniatures and a few, similar to this (I am sure) had been sprawling matte work, rendered largely by Caroleen Inexperienced.  Sullivan commented that to attain a good publicity when making an attempt to shoot reside in New York on a busy night time would have been tough in itself, so matte portray was seen as a safer various.  Fabulous shot!

The at all times photogenic and extremely proficient Caroleen Inexperienced armed with brush, finalises element work upon her fantastic Fifth Avenue matte.

Fairly positive this view was additionally largely painted, with what seems to be a matte break up working alongside simply above the primary flooring of the particular ‘reside motion’ buildings.


THE ABYSS (1989) was a visually gorgeous expertise for positive, although marred by appalling dialogue and inventory, two dimensional, cardboard cut-out performances.  A director who can solely deal with spectacle like few others and has not a clue in terms of character improvement.  Unhappy to say it, however that glow-in-the-dark translucent entity from the ocean flooring gave the very best efficiency.

The present was loaded with properly deserved Oscar profitable visible results from various suppliers.  Simply the one solo matte shot so far as I’m conscious, with this 35mm wedge check being a Mark Sullivan shot:  “The matte portray course of actually includes an unlimited quantity of communication and joint considering between the matte artist and the matte digicam individual.  As an illustration, I labored with Harry Walton on a fairly difficult matte shot for THE ABYSS – a film that Dennis Muren was supervising.  A portion of the shot was an authentic destructive plate, one other portion was a rear projected component, behind the glass portray, of a big, reside motion wave, and there was a foreground component of some sailors that was an in-camera travelling matte.  Optical had ready a black and white hold-out matte that Harry would bi-pack when he was capturing the portray, with the projected water footage, onto the latent picture roll.  Harry would then need to load up the latent onto his optical printer, and expose within the optimistic RGB separations onto the take.  With all the colors and densities that needed to be matched and balanced for all the parts, it was quite a bit to maintain observe of”. 


An odd little ‘romantic comedy’ appeared nearly a throwback to the screwball comedies of the thirties, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (1990) featured matte artwork, travelling mattes and miniatures.

The flick opens with this tilt up onto a fairly intentionally skewed cityscape, with Yusei Uesugi as matte artist and Jo Carson capturing the mattes.

Lovers lane with all of the glittering lights.  Undecided about decrease shot, however definitely seems to be a vfx view, because of the weird color scheme.

Tom Hanks on his voyage to seek out himself.  Miniatures, matte artwork and optical gags.

A extremely romanticised little bit of corny storytelling.

Mysterious South Seas paradise?   … Nah, it only a matte shot.

Could also be miniatures, or partial painted combos?


John McClane kicks arse in Chicago this time for DIE HARD 2 (1990).  A great, strong, ruthless, no bullshit motion flick, although not fairly nearly as good as the unique, was a far sight higher than these which adopted (*footnote: I used to be current with household on trip in Budapest in 2012 and spent the day watching the filming of motion sequences for half 5 of the sequence, with Budapest standing in for that bastard Voldemort Putin’s Moscow)

A number of explosions and A-grade mannequin pictures, although solely the one, spectacular matte shot, which comes on the finish in an enormous pullout (I do imply huge!!)  Right here, artist Yusei Uesugi is engaged on the preliminary levels of the huge airport portray, with various airliners and emergency folks convene.

The entire airways on display screen had been fictional corporations, little question attributable to the truth that a number of of them are blown to bits, mid-air!

Shut up exhibiting painted element and photograph blow up space pasted in for scale and lighting reference.

Yusei’s mural sized matte on the wall at ILM years later.

The shot was composited utilizing very primitive pc know-how of the day and transferred again onto 35mm movie in what was an enormous and time consuming course of involving, if I recall, possibly a crate load of floppy disks and a primary body to comprise the info.


The steadily lovely DREAMS (1990) from esteemed Japanese movie maker Akira Kurosawa actually did have a dream-like high quality to it.

Among the many few mattes was this beautiful rendering by Mark Sullivan.

Mark’s portray on the wall at ILM.

One other ILM matte shot by Caroleen Inexperienced.

I imagine these pictures had been made in Japan, at Den Movies, by matte artist Taksuhiro Miyaguchi.


Oliver Stone has been considerably of a hit and miss movie maker over time, although I would need to say he is been extra on the ‘hit’ facet than the opposite.  THE DOORS (1991) was glorious!  No two methods about it.  An excellent bio-pic on Jim Morrison and the band, with astonishing performances, particularly by Val Kilmer, who actually by no means did something nearly as good ever, earlier than or since. Fab soundtrack too…naturally!

Only a few visuals within the movie, together with a pair of Mark Sullivan matte work, with this one beginning off the present as a seemingly real locale.

Mark’s splendid portray, sans reside motion.

Nearer view of the portray.

A second matte in the identical sequence – with a painted desert and stormy sky as seen by means of an approaching automobile windscreen – was one which Mark advised me he discovered notably satisfying.  The unique plate was shot hand-held from the again seat of a automobile on a bumpy desert highway.  Mark’s portray was later match-moved on the Auto-Matte digicam with a lot care, making this ILM’s first match-move, motion-control matte composite.

Whereas the higher body is from the BluRay version, this one is from Mark’s authentic 35mm wedge check.


Ron Howard’s 1991 firefighter film, BACKDRAFT had loads of pyro and episodes of scary conflagration, as one would count on.  One matte painted shot was equipped by ILM for a key sequence.

For a sequence involving a burning warehouse with folks on the roof the broad shot was achieved with a cleverly mixed matte portray, by Mark Sullivan, which was composited with a big burning miniature roof and higher flooring.  An actor was later added in, working throughout the inferno’s roof.

ILM’s miniatures folks constructed this rooftop.

The ultimate shot, with all the parts tied collectively so properly (observe the small determine working towards fringe of roof).

And this was the way it regarded as soon as cropped down within the Tremendous-35 launch prints.


Yep… I totally loved this film.  THE ROCKETEER (1991) hit all of the targets for me.  Nice 1930’s Saturday matinee serial vibe, fab artwork path, participating performances, terrific results work, a dastardly villain, a tremendous Rondo Hatton-esque thug, and the beautiful Jennifer Connelly, who by no means regarded extra radiant!

As soon as once more, Mark Sullivan was matte painter, and rendered a handful of fantastic interval pictures similar to this one in all Hollywood Blvd.  By the way, the director, Joe Johnston began off as ILM’s visible results artwork director approach again on the primary (and finest) STAR WARS.

For a significant motion set piece the place The Rocketeer blasts off from a nightclub, up by means of the atrium and over Hollywood, Mark Sullivan painted this huge aerial view of your complete district.  Mark initially rendered a small portray of the view in an effort to help the cease movement animators with perspective and so forth as they animated the puppet Rocketeer.  Sullivan then commenced prep work on what would develop into an enormous portray on a sheet of Lexan, measuring some 19 ft broad x 6 ft excessive.
Prior to now, a number of different ILM matte exponents had utilised the useful help of photographing very rudimentary fashions previous to commencing on a posh matte perspective piece.  Pangrazio did it for his closing RAIDERS shot and others did from time to time as properly.  Mark Sullivan elaborated:  “The birdeye’s view of Hollywood, and the South Seas Membership introduced some difficult perspective work.  The ILM mannequin store made just a few hundred tiny wood blocks for me, and I organized them in a grid, following the linoleum tile edges of the ground of the matte portray work space.  I traced out the reference images onto an ink and pencil format portray, about 20 inches broad.  This format artwork was then photographed, projected and drawn onto the massive matte portray floor.  Having the attitude laid out saved a number of time, and saved the guesswork to a minimal after I was portray.”

Mark did a good quantity of analysis into ‘outdated Hollywood’ and established which landmarks nonetheless existed and people lengthy since demolished.

An in depth up picture from Mark’s unimaginable portray.  The brightly illuminated dome higher centre, subsequent to the Egyptian cinema, was the beginning level for the Rocketeer to blast skyward within the last scene.

One other shut up.  The shot was filmed as one steady digicam transfer however director Joe Johnston determined break the shot to make the motion in two cuts.

Sullivan additionally painted this later seen vista of LA with the Griffith Observatory and spotlights.

I really feel it could be sadly remiss of your humble blogger to not insert this refined, passing glimpse of the beautiful Jennifer Connelly – who by no means regarded extra fetching than on this flick.


Steven Spielberg’s HOOK (1991) was, sadly, an entire misfire.  An astonishingly uninteresting try at a timeless youngsters’s fairy story, the place in reality, actually mustn’t have missed the mark so badly.  That stated, ILM’s matte division actually got here to the celebration with excellent matte work and a few neat trick pictures.  

A lot of matte artists labored on this movie.  Oddly, this matte, seen right here on show, was the truth is a big color photograph blow-up – licensed from a inventory picture company – retouched by ILM fx artwork director Dave Carson and matte artist Yusei Uesugi, primarily so as to add snow to the rooftops and the bridge.  I would at all times figured this to be a marvellous full matte portray however Mark spilled the beans for me and I by no means forgave him!

The shot because it seems within the movie, with good cel animated sparkles over the heads of a pair of cute in-joke personalities – a sure George Lucas and Carrie Fisher, or so I am advised!

Mark Sullivan was, as soon as once more, supervising matte painter on HOOK, with this being one in all Mark’s conceptual work to ascertain the look of the island.

In my interview with Mark, he described this fascinating out take:  “This can be a check body of three separate again projection parts being feathered into the as but incomplete matte portray.  This was ultimately used as a part of an optical comp, to position Robin Williams into the foreground.  Quite a lot of the color and readability of the portray, and it is rear projected parts, had been misplaced within the last optical composite”.

The ultimate matte composite, minus the reside motion component of Williams.

In all probability my favorite among the many many HOOK work was the completely charming children Neverland tree clubhouse setting.  

Sullivan’s full portray because it seems within the movie, with reside motion children on the suitable facet of the ledge.

This is able to look so good on my wall at residence – if I did not have a half dozen different mattes already up there!

shut up

Though Chris Evans had departed ILM by this time, he did return for some time to help with the 20 odd HOOK mattes.

Evans’ portray on the LucasFilm wall.  Magnificent subtlety with the hues right here.  LOVE IT!

Shut up element…
Ultimate composite with actors dropped in through blue screened TM.  Most of the mattes for HOOK contained a number of parts and gags, labored into the shot, with in some circumstances as many as 30 separate parts, starting from breakers, water sparkles to waterfalls to interactive firelit torches and so forth.

One other of Mark’s pictures:  “All the things is painted right here, besides the water, which has been added as a bi-pack component.  The moons had been separate work, shot on separate passes, in order that they may very well be rising at completely different speeds.  The moons had been shot by means of a break up, in order that they may very well be seen behind the horizon”.

Undecided about this, it nearly has a miniature high quality about it, however might be painted?

Many of the HOOK mattes linger on display screen for an extended time than can be ordinary for painted pictures.  This shot is one in all Yusei Uesugi’s painted mattes.  The precise sundown sky was actual, photographed by a second unit with a sillhouette painted black on a sheet of glass to create the precise define of the land mass arrange in entrance of the digicam, and mixed later in with Yusei’s portray and different atmospheric parts.

Sullivan began work on HOOK proper way back to it is preliminary pre-production part, working intently with Spielberg and the fx chief, artwork director and others to correctly set up the specified feel and look for the twenty plus matte pictures.

Mark described his type:  “I wasn’t a meticulous ‘fill within the drawing’ sort of painter.  I as soon as had an teacher who would say ‘Draw with the paint’.  I might normally begin laying in areas with a big brush, after which work right down to the smaller brushes as varied areas had been refined.  If an space or impact from the preliminary rough-in appeared to work, I might then depart it alone, or a minimum of attempt to protect what it needed to supply.”

The precise portray rendered for the above scene.

A extremely complicated tilt-upward shot involving a big 20 foot excessive miniature tree, varied reside motion plates of rocks, ocean and crashing waves, stop-motion flat cutouts of birds, plus matte painted areas and a big painted backing.
HOOK recieved an Academy Award nomination for finest visible results, and I recall seeing the shot the place Peter glides by means of the clouds over Neverland as being proven on the Oscar broadcast that night time.  Right here Yusei attends to a spectacular portray for that very sequence.

Multi-element results shot with Williams on a flying rig in entrance of an enormous blue display screen; synthetic clouds, and Yusei’s expansive matte artwork of Neverland.  

Yusei’s conventional 2D portray was scanned into the pc and an early texture mapping software was used to permit for some perspective shifts because the movement shot went alongside.  Another refined parts had been additionally added similar to shadows and softening of the sensible stage produced and photographed clouds.

The ultimate massive results shot in HOOK was again in interval London, the place an unlimited digicam pull-back was desired, from the characters on a balcony, out and upward throughout London.  An ingenious trick, although one used for the reason that 1920’s – with the outdated Warner Bros. Stage 5 results division being trophy holders for doing simply such fx pictures on numerous basic movies.  At left we see matte painters Rocco Gioffre and Eric Chauvin at work on a big 10 foot broad foreground matte portray – one in all two – of the home frontage and close by buildings.  Suspended above it’s a second giant 8 foot broad photograph blow up of the London skyline, which itself has been significantly reworked with paint to omit trendy buildings and alter interval buildings in order to deliver a extra romanticized really feel to the town.  Yusei additionally labored on these work.

FX cinematographer strains up the 2 work, with the decrease, foreground one having rear projected folks added onto the balcony.

The large reveal, because the digicam zooms out and swings upward, simply how Warner’s used to do it so properly for thus many footage all through the thirties and forties, on exhibits like THE FOUNTAINHEAD, THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN and THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT – all of which NZPete has lined in depth in previous blogs.  Search ’em out…you do not know what you are lacking!

Body from the sequence the place the RP folks could be seen on a matte painted balcony.

The finale.  Rocco Gioffre largely was accountable for this closely retouched photo-matte.  Sure inventive adjustments had been demanded by the director similar to to re-paint Huge Ben in nearer to the motion, for extra recognisable worth, because it was too far-off within the authentic, precise photographed view.


This is a reasonably entertaining form of present, MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (1992), although I a lot desire my ‘invisibility’ flicks of the outdated Common-John P. Fulton selection, personally.

A couple of matte pictures, although some might have been of the ‘digital selection’, which we strive to not focus on right here.  This one although is an actual, with the precise paintings proven beneath being a real matte portray, rendered by Christopher Evans

Chris’ authentic matte portray.

Not sure right here, however these have a profoundly ‘manufactured’ pc look to them (I would possibly be improper).


As with sure different ILM exhibits, similar to THE EWOK ADVENTURE and NEVER ENDING STORY, veteran matte and all spherical trick shot professional Jim Danforth was employed to offer some mattes.  Right here is an informative earlier than and after for one in all Jim’s pictures which no person would ever suspect as being a matte portray.

BluRay body of Jim’s matte, although, who would know?

Jim additionally painted this snowbound mountain cabin retreat for a later scene within the movie.

The ultimate composite, with this body enlarged from one in all Jim’s authentic 35mm wedge checks.

…and, because it seems within the BluRay version.


A slightly unusual movie, DEATH BECOMES HER (1992), which I feel might have been nominated for an FX Oscar??  Reminiscence failing in my outdated age, and no, not from Lengthy Covid… did not get it!

Amid the quite a few optical and CG gags was this solo conventional matte painted shot by Mark Sullivan.  This was one of many final conventional mattes Mark painted for ILM, as he regaled the story to me in 2013:  “I properly keep in mind having a nervous snort about it [traditional mattes] with Ken Ralston.  Many of the ILM matte guys had been by then engaged on computer systems in a darkened room elsewhere within the constructing, to see the screens higher.  I used to be working upstairs alone within the primarily deserted ILM matte portray space, and Ken got here up to have a look at a wedge check on the lightbox.  The place was beginning to get dusty and unkept, and I suppose we might each clearly see the form of issues to come back”.


I’ve by no means seen this movie, THE PUBLIC EYE (1992) is one I have to meet up with.
This invisible shot from THE PUBLIC EYE is one other Mark Sullivan matte:  “The matte painted work is all the background buildings, above, and to the left of the inexperienced Oldenburg truck.  The gray concrete constructing within the centre of the body is all actual, apart from it is ‘sunny’ facet on the suitable, above the 2 story constructing.  The higher story of the closest constructing on the suitable facet of the body is painted.  The actual bricks are only a bit lighter wanting in comparison with my painted ones.  This was an ILM mission, performed proper after HOOK”.


Wow…who’d have thunk it?  A standard matte within the non-traditional epic box-office bonanza, JURASSIC PARK (1993)??  Nicely, sure certainly!

And there, my associates, you will have it!  A powerful Christopher Evans conventional portray for JURASSIC PARK.

Really nice artwork however sadly muddied as much as close to oblivion within the last washed out digital composite.


I am of a combined thoughts about Coen brothers movies – some are good (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and OH BROTHER, WHERE ARE’T THOU and FARGO) whereas others depart me completely perplexed, similar to THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (1994)

I used to be of two minds as as to whether to incorporate this movie.  It was an ILM affair, however, importantly, the matte painted pictures had been rendered independently exterior of Industrial Gentle & Magic.  Mark Sullivan was, by now, working largely on his personal as a freelancer from his small studio in Berkeley, California, and supplied just a few mattes as a sub-contractor.

Sullivan in his impartial matte store, the place he painted for various massive assignments.

Earlier than and after for the massive HUDSUCKER reveal.

A staggering piece of labor in anybody’s ebook!  I would go fully cross-eyed after an hour making an attempt such a posh portray!!

The completed, unimaginable authentic destructive matte shot, as seen right here in a uncommon full body 35mm trim from Mark’s archive.

Nearer look…


***This put up, and all 175 earlier blogposts often known as ‘Matte Shot’, had been initially created by Peter Prepare dinner for nzpetesmatteshot, with all content material, format and textual content initially revealed at http://nzpetesmatteshot.blogspot.com/


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