Peter Ellenshaw matte painting for Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick

On one hand, you have Stanley Kubrick, one of my favorite director. I remember having watched Shining again and again when I was younger because I thought this movie was just perfect ! On the other hand, you have Peter Ellenshaw, one of the greatest matte painter of the History of the Art. He’s done so many incredible painting that we could take hours to talk about him… On the movie Spartacus, Ellenshaw realized an amazing painting of Rome, and I wanted to share some photos of it with you. Look how detailed the painting is ! It’s definitely a wonderful peace…

Recreating Skull Island – 1933 Style

Many years ago, before the GoogleGlass, the iPad Mini, even before the computers, there was already people in charge of creating some amazing environments for movie (can you believe this Nick ?). One of the most famous StopMotion animation movie is probably King Kong, done in 1933. As you know, King Kong lives in a very unfriendly island, called Skull Island, and for the purpose of the movie, SFX team had to create a lot of jungle environments. This video, proposed by Peter Jackson and his friends who went through the History of Visual Effects, explains how to recreate Skull…

More Star Wars Traditional Matte Painting

I already put some traditional matte painting from Star Wars in the Gallery, but I just found new one I didn’t know ! I had to post them here ! I know, we always keep referring to Star Wars, which has been now done 35 years ago, but hey, it’s so cool to see Chris Evans adding small details to the Death Star, or Mike Pangrazio to paint parts of the Millenium Falcon ! Hope you enjoy it ! Just click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Few minutes with Mark Sullivan

Let’s talk about Mark Sullivan, remember, the incredible matte painting of the tree for “Hook”. He is one of my favourite matte painter. He started working in traditional way, and evolved through the digital technique. His work is really inspiring. His credits include Indiana Jones and the last Crusade, The Abyss, Backdraft, Hook, Star Wars episode 1 and 2, Apocalypto…