It’s true that the more “traditional” Matte Painting work has shifted to television shows with a medium range budget, where every trick in the book still applies, instead of complete environment builds but has 3D killed the magic for you guys or actually gotten you more excited? There is a tendency now for more artistic DMPs to become either concept artists or art directors, while technically oriented ones are evolving into environment TDs.
I remember a time when professionals would come here to share their breakdowns and walk-throughs as soon as their work was released. Be it movies, commercials, cinematics, or even still imagery like advertisement for print. What would draw you back into an online community where you’d actually stop by on regular basis because it tickles your interest? I personally don’t mind those enormous crazy shots with 3D integration where your main thought when they’re showing you how they did it is just perplexed wonderment at seeing to what extent they went in order to get it done,
however… I’m much more impressed watching a case study revealing clever cheap tricks that not only got the job done but completely fooled me because I thought it was created in a much more complicated way! That’s what gets me excited. Smoke and mirrors all the way. Efficiency is true movie magic.
How do you feel about this art form and where does your passion lay? If there was a “follow” button to the DMP forum here, what type of threads/coverage would motivate you to check in here regularly? Which were the most impressive shots, breakdowns, movies,… you have seen in recent past? Things that keep your love for what you do alive? I’m really interested to hear why you want to become a Matte Painter today, or what fuels you to stay one, as the job position is currently undergoing this transition?!?