What exactly is matte painting?

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  03 March 2002
What exactly is matte painting?

i have wondered for a while now, what is matte painting?

  03 March 2002
Matte painiting was used very often in the films before the time of CG. Incredibly good artists painted the backgrounds for the movies. So many scenes were shot before a bluescreen and instead of CG (because it didn't existed yet) they painted in the background. I'm sure you have seen Star Wars or Indiana Jones. There they used a lot of matte paintings. If you are really interested in this topic I recommend you to read the books "the art of star wars". Probably you won't believe but in the "temple of doom" around 70% were matte paintings. When I was younger and didn't know CG I dind'r realize the paintings, but now I do and probably you too if you just concentrate on the background while a scene is playing. Especially in "return of the jedi" in the hangar scenes where Han Solo talks to the others you can cleary see in the background that it's not a hangar, but only a painting.
Nevertheless, those artist were amazing and did a very good job.
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  03 March 2002
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