Matte painting is one of the core techniques we use to help transport a viewer to the world we are creating for the project. They work great at setting the tone and scope for the piece, particularly when the shot would be impractical or impossible to film otherwise. Here are two examples from some recent projects that we completed.
The first is for a fantasy short film Summoned, produced and directed by the talented young filmmaker Katie Travis. The story follows a young woman on her quest to rescue a group of peasants. To do so she must travel through a dense and menacing forest. In order to create a more epic feel for this fantasy world, elements such as this broken up bridge where added. This project is currently in post production and we are working on a variety of matte painting and visual effects shots for the film.
Media Kiln was tasked with creating a number of matte paintings for this independent feature film. The Bequeather was written and directed by Justen Overlander. It is a stylized comedy set in the 1950s. The project was primarily filmed at a mansion in downtown Minneapolis. We needed the mansion, however, to be located out in the country for the film. So we created a series of matte paintings that help establish the setting and time period for the film. The film is currently in the film festival circuit.
Here is a shot of the actual house in downtown Minneapolis.
To find out more about The Bequeather, click here.