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Default Digital Domain Films? - 05-25-2005, 10:01 PM

Checked out DD's website. http://www.digitaldomain.com/
Glad they updated to something more user friendly and straight to the point. After checking out some of the "behind the scenes" quicktimes (recommended!) I found they also have a section on thier own films that they are producing. I did not know this. An in-house production/dev for features. They have a few in the works titles that seem really interesting. Instant Karma & Ilium sound great..as well as the others.
I imagine Ilium will feature some nice matte paintings a la What Dreams May Come. - I hope.

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Default 05-26-2005, 04:27 AM

From what I understand, DD is NOT a good place for matte painting.
Perhaps others who've worked there could elaborate....am I wrong?


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Default 05-26-2005, 07:30 AM

Clarify what you mean by..."not a good place".

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Default 05-26-2005, 08:18 AM

Sounds like a money issue? The site does have some good 'making of' sequences. It's worth checking out.
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Default 05-26-2005, 03:19 PM

It's a heavily 3D pipeline-oriented company. Every matte artist
I know who tried a stint there came away frustrated. Matte
painting seems to generally be relegated to sky replacements,
set extensions et al.


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Default I agree - 05-26-2005, 03:39 PM

In some cases ..being a mattepainter means your the companies dirty little secrete. Especially with heavy 3d houses such as DD. They'll take a matte painting and project it onto generic / simple geometry and put a 3D camera move in and "BAMM" the can call it a "full 3D shot". I have known a few Matte Painters comming from big places like DD and ILM and spouting this. Not to say its not being truthfull..on a technical side..it is a 3D shot..but its only half true. So its now a matter of point of view.

Haveing said all that. With our modern times we expect more than we did back then. We want to be awed and inspired. Not just by looking at a matte painting, but interacting with it. Fly thurs and wild camera moves now are the norm and are expected. Have we become jaded to the statice, does looking at a single image no longer give us inspiration and fill our senses with emotion.? I cant answer this for everyone..but it could be the reasons such places see matte painting as sky replacement or set extension. For them, it doesnt hold the bervado that a 3D camera move holds.


Well thats my 2 cents..later


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Default 05-26-2005, 06:19 PM

at the moment it looks like they are hiring.
Ive heard good things about the place from someone who was there on the fifth element.
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Default Re: I agree - 05-26-2005, 07:32 PM

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Haveing said all that. With our modern times we expect more than we did back then. We want to be awed and inspired. Not just by looking at a matte painting, but interacting with it. Fly thurs and wild camera moves now are the norm and are expected. Have we become jaded to the statice, does looking at a single image no longer give us inspiration and fill our senses with emotion.
It's unfortunate.
I for one don't condone the use of 3d. But I don't think every shot requires it as if it's some "Cure" to get people to watch it and believe it.
But I think the intelligence level of our generation has somewhat dropped in contrast to the old school. Speaking of the audience. The masses to which most movies are geared for in Hollywood require more than the still matte shot. But I think this will change with time.
-i hope.

Hey Rick...whos doing the matte paintings for Superman Returns? The Orphanage? OR R&H's?

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Default 05-26-2005, 11:00 PM

About the issue of 3D projections, I'm all for it.
I've worked on numerous shows (too many to count
now) that used extensive 3D projection matte paintings.
It's absolutely become part of film vocabulary for the
way directors want to tell stories. I'm as excited now
by 3D matte paintings as I was the first time I saw one,
in a little cheapie sci-fi movie called "Screamers" (matte
paintings by Deak Farrand).

Anyway, I won't go on anymore about DD. They have a
reputation, and it speaks for itself.

I don't know who's doing the matte paintings for "Superman".
I haven't really looked into it. I imagine there will be a lot of
work on that show, so it'll probably be done all over the place.


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Default 05-26-2005, 11:20 PM

Dont forget Dusso's work on screamers aswell. It was a great film, based on Philip K Dick's short- Second Variety. I think it was the first dvd i bought.
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