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Default 11-15-2004, 10:13 PM

What I mean by precomp is simply this: I create my own comp in a compositing software where I put together my own CG and matte painting work the way I intended it to be comped. Then, when all my work is together, like the 3D CG layers, cam map projections, etc, then I send it to the compositor so he can make a new final comp in a different file. That's where the greenscreen stuff is done.

I don't "paint" in the precomp, but the mattes I create allow me to tweak colors and things in this shot without re-rendering it all in 3D. For example, if the supervisor feels the sunlight hitting the buildings on the right side of the street needs to be more pink or brighter, I can tweak that in the comp with a custom matte (alpha channel) instead of changing the CG light and re-rendering all the frames in 3D. Remember, this is a moving shot, not just a still painting, the camera moves alot here. Re-rendering about 900 frames in 3D is painful especially at 1hour a frame.

I hope I'm making sense. Let me know if ytou have anymore questions.

PS: the time I spent on ths project including painting, CG, directing extras for the shoot, and precomps: about 6 weeks.

Chris Stoski | Pirates III Matte Painting Supervisor
Industrial Light and Magic
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Default 03-30-2005, 07:32 AM

I've been catching up with my cinefex subs after spending a couple of years in Canada and I only recently read the article on MWD. I hadnt realised that this painting was your work Chris. It's stunning..totally believable.

How long were you working on this for?
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Default 05-02-2005, 03:56 AM

Nice work! I love the atmosphere! :)

mu tao

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