The other day, while browsing the Web, I came across a nice article on matte painting. A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create illusions of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. The thing is matte painting is a quite old technique in film-making with more than one hundred years of history. Although the term itself is not too popular among laymen, we come across various instances of this technique almost every time when we decide to watch another newfangled movie or play a fancy computer game. Surprised? So was I. And if you see somewhere – in a movie, on a photo some unusual, unreal scene or background, be sure that you deal with this very matte painting. Of course, digital matte painting came to practice only a while ago, but is widely used in modern cinematography.
It’s really stunning that in Russia they have people who create professional matte-painting images. You think they were created by some serious studio with twenty people on the strength? You are wrong, then. The creators of all this beauty are just two Russian guys, who don’t even live in the same city. One is from Saint-Petersburg, the other one is from Smolensk, thousands miles away. They came upon each other on some digital art web-forum and after working on some joint projects they decided to establish a studio of their own, called Ujean & Glazyrin.
Unfortunately, Russian market is known for dragging its feet in accepting new ideas, even though they are not new already elsewhere. And matte painting starts to become popular just now, more and more advanced companies are looking for alternative, sophisticated promo solutions. And this is what digital matte painting has to offer. Virtual reality is closer than you thought.
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