MATTES - Like you've never seen them before!
May 19, 2014 12:53 PM   Subscribe

Huge collection of (and commentary on) matte art from classic films that has been rescanned for HD releases. Much more on the process of creating and filming this type of setup at last month's post. (previously)
posted by BlackLeotardFront (13 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Well, last month if this were April. My mistake.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 1:05 PM on May 19, 2014

posted by entropicamericana at 1:25 PM on May 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


It only took 5 months!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 2:12 PM on May 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by signal at 2:30 PM on May 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Image 183 from "Hot Shots Part Deux" is spoofing a classic rock album cover but I can't remember which one. Anyone recognize it?
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 2:49 PM on May 19, 2014

I remember reading about the stunning glass paintings for "Black Narcissus". This blog post has some more great examples of matte work (with a specific concentration on perspective) that has a shot of that film right at the top.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 3:02 PM on May 19, 2014

Glad to be of service.
posted by entropicamericana at 3:11 PM on May 19, 2014

My favorite toy when I was a kid was Major Matte Mason, America's Painter in Space!
posted by lagomorphius at 3:44 PM on May 19, 2014

So many of these look very fake when viewed statically but seem so real within the movie.
posted by octothorpe at 3:55 PM on May 19, 2014

Ever since I got lost in Mark Cotta Vaz's "The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting" my admiration for these artists has been unfaltering and my thirst for the minutiae (of the craft) unquenchable. I'm happy as a pig in you-know-what now!
posted by cleroy at 5:32 PM on May 19, 2014

Ooof. If only they weren't all on the same page...
posted by Sintram at 7:36 PM on May 19, 2014

SO bookmarked.

Growing up, my sister and I always used to joke that we were going to run away and go live in a matte painting.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:47 AM on May 20, 2014

great find.

I love how loose many of these paintings are. Seeing the painting through film grain helped everything feel integrated in the final composite.

More and more set extensions are generated procedurally these days. It's nice to see example of craft from days gone by.
posted by lucidprose at 9:04 AM on May 20, 2014

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