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…

Few minutes with Paul Swendsen

When someone ask me why I decided to become a matte painter, my answer is always the same : because the matte painting made at ILM during the 80’s are amazing ! And when someone ask me what movie I enjoyed the most when I was a kid, my answer is always the same : Willow, directed by Ron Howard. That’s why I’m so proud to share with you today an exclusive interview with one of the most inspiring Matte Painter, who actually worked at ILM in the 80’s, on Willow. Let’s take few minutes to talk to Paul Swendsen….

Emilio Ruiz del Rio – Set decorator

Before falling in the digital land, SFX artists developed lots of different techniques to create amazing environments for films. We already spoke about the glass painting, which was about painting the missing environment on a glass that we put between the camera and the set. But sometimes, we had to create more than just a painting, and we used miniatures. Emilio Ruiz del Rio is one of the most famous miniatures maker. Let’s have a look inside his world. Emilio Ruiz del Rio was a Spanish film set decorator and special effects and visual effects artist. His filmography includes work…

Few minutes with David Stipes

David Stipes is a two time Emmy® Award winner with over 30 years of experience  in the film industry in various aspects of visual effects and animation. David worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor on four Star  Trek series: “The Next Generation,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space  Nine,” and “Enterprise”. David championed the use of  computer-generated imagery (CGI)  for Star Trek, which completely changed how the visual effects are  created for the shows. Prior to Star Trek, David created  visual effects for a number of science fiction television series  including “Buck Rogers,” “Battlestar  Galactica,”The Flash,” “V”  and “Intruders.” David also operated his…