Matte painting: Reality Changing Technique
The cinematography was not just a means of entertainment, but also a cause of new ideas. This article examines the history of matte painting in film, explains the advantages of this technique, shows it in action, and determines how effective it is when working with architectural and constructing companies’ projects.
How to transform reality with a painter’s hand
Most films need many different backgrounds to bring their stories to life, and there is not always an opportunity to shoot a romantic sunset if it happens to be raining outside.Weather concerns aside, what if a character needed to be seen jetting into space or descending into hell, how would a film crew realistically shoot that?
The solution was not to settle for different landscapes that couldn’t do the story justice, but to paint the landscapes instead. To do this film crews hired special painters whom they called matte painters or matte artists.