Of course matte art has for a long time played a major part in Hollywood's recreation of the old west, with effects shots ranging from simple top ups of mood enhancing skies right through to entire recreations of frontier settings to often wonderful effect. Todays blog will take a look at some of those marvellous visions - the product of the many often uncredited artists who worked tirelessly in the various studio matte departments.
Mattes Ride The Range: The art of the matte shot in Westerns
posted by timshel
on Dec 18, 2013 -
Matte Shot - A Tribute to Golden Era Special FX ...the inventiveness and ingenuity of the craft of the matte painter during Hollywood's Golden Era. Some of the shots will amaze in their grandeur and epic quality while others will surprise in their 'invisibility' to even the sophisticated viewer. I hope this collection will serve as an appreciation of the artform and both casual visitors and those with a specialist interest may benefit, enjoy and be amazed at skills largely unknown today.
posted by cenoxo
on Aug 10, 2013 -
In 1889, the Urania Astronomical Society of Berlin
put together an illusion of a trip to the moon and a solar eclipse, created with painted scenery, transparent screens, and a variety models, created live before an audience. Three years later, the same show was presented at Andrew Carnegie's Music Hall, as covered in Scientific American
, a decade before Le Voyage dans la Lune
, the film by Georges Méliès (previously)
. The stage show was documented in 1897, in Magic; stage illusions and scientific diversions, including trick photography
(Archive.org, direct link to Trip to the Moon
; also available on Google Books
). [via io9, who have a summary of the special effects
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 26, 2013 -
In 2273, after having been thought lost in a black hole, Voyager 6 returned to Federation space as V'Ger
, the massive and menacing spaceship at the heart of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
... Designing the Living Machine
- concept art for V'Ger, Redesigning the Walk to V’Ger
, The Lighting and Photography of Star Trek's "V'ger"
, working on the interior of V'ger
, V'ger External View
, V'Ger - Spock Mindmeld Model Piece
(scroll way down) (may contain Darth Vader and Miss Piggy
), animating the "V'ger Probe"
, V'ger rear view
posted by Artw
on May 3, 2012 -
is a seven minute sci-fi short by Aaron Sims, which despite being a no-budget project, features amazingly high quality special effects. [more inside]
posted by quin
on Jan 24, 2012 -
"One day a little boy came up, he must have been about four and he saw me taking off my (prosthetic) legs and he started with the 'why' questions, you know, 'why haven't you got any legs', etc. And I said 'have you heard of The Little Mermaid?' and he said 'yes' and I said 'I'm a mermaid' and he got this look on his face and he said 'wow that's cool' and ran off to tell his dad.
I'll have to turn up to that beach again sometime with my tail - just in case he's there."
are the special effects team behind the costumes, weapons and creatures of the Lord of the Rings
and even a sonic screwdriver prop
that could be making an appearance on the next season of Doctor Who. In 2009, they created a fully functional mermaid tail pro bono
for Nadya Vessey, an Auckland woman who is a double leg amputee
. Video News Report: 1
posted by zarq
on Apr 5, 2011 -
He invented or popularized
a startling array of the fundamental elements of film: the dissolve, the fade-in and fade-out, slow motion, fast motion, stop motion, double exposures and multiple exposures, miniatures, the in-camera matte, time-lapse photography, color film (albeit hand-painted), artificial film lighting, production sketches and storyboards, and the whole idea of narrative film.
By 1897, in a studio of his own design and construction – the first complete movie studio – his hand forged virtually everything on his screen. Norman McLaren writes, "He was not only his own producer, ideas man, script writer, but he was his own set-builder, scene painter, choreographer, deviser of mechanical contrivances, special effects man, costume designer, model maker, actor, multiple actor, editor and distributor." Also, his own cinematographer, and the inventor of cameras to suit his special conceptions. Not even auteur directors such as Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, and Stanley Kubrick would personally author so many aspects of their films."
Inside: 57 films by Georges Méliès, the Grandfather of Visual Effects
. [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Feb 3, 2010 -
Mac Vs. PC
. Inspired by Transformers
, this short visual effects piece shows us what would happen if our home computers could turn into robots and started beating each other up.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 22, 2008 -
CGchannel.com has a brief
but fairly informative feature on the two CG effect "set pieces" in the recent movie S.W.A.T. I thought the movie was a quite respectable summer spectacle - the helicopter crash in particular was quite well-done - and it's usually fun and instructive to see how these things are done.
posted by GriffX
on Sep 12, 2003 -
Seeing The Matrix yesterday (and just before it, the preview for the third Terminator movie) reminded me of this old David Foster Wallace essay"F/X Porn"
, in which he points out how Hollywood blockbusters have become the equivalent of your average "2 for $10.99!!" XXX rentals. [Google cached version here.]
posted by slipperywhenwet
on Jun 13, 2003 -
Jarrett's Blood Splatter Photoshop Tutorial.
Learn to create horrific violence in this step-by-step guide from a Fark Photoshopper. "After you're done with the blood splatters, you might want to add shreds of clothing or body parts at your discretion." And they say reading Fark won't teach you anything.
posted by vraxoin
on May 1, 2003 -
Maunday, Toosday, Thursday, Saturday...
The special effects of the Godfather. How did they rig Santino's tollbooth demise? How did Moe Greene get shot through the lens of his glasses? Great reading for any movie or special-effects geek.
posted by GriffX
on May 22, 2002 -
More - movie short
posted by Niahmas
on Nov 23, 2001 -
Low or no budget
horror films. They're awful, and oh so enticing (prolly 'cause they can be awful, amusing, and sometimes really good). How
do you do special effects
on no budget? Boggles the mind. As Halloween as it gets, the independant film makers and horror officiandos have their own portal
. Crawl down these haunted corridors
at your own risk.
posted by Wulfgar!
on Oct 31, 2001 -