06-19-2012, 05:33 AM
I'm surprised Dave Mattingly didn't respond to your post. Although, then again, he probably didn't see it. David worked at Disney, during the Dick Tracy period. I think both Harrison and Peter Ellenshaw were involved, as well as others like Michele Moen, and Paul Lasaine. They all have personal websites/blogs, so there's a starting point for you if you're interested in learning. Also, StopMotionAnimation.com has a dedicated group of people to matte painting, pre-digital era. Mark Sullivan, and Rocco Gioffre sometimes respond to posts over there. David Stipes as well. Jim Danforth used to be a member there but I don't think he is anymore. I'm pretty sure Mattepainting.org is an all digital arena, and while its members can appreciate 'old school' matte work, they probably can't comment on the technique at great length like you're looking for, except for a couple guys like David who is a member here. Craig Barron used to visit, and he's a good resource for pre-digital stuff too.
If you have a way to reach Director James Cameron, he could elaborate for you as well. Did you know he did some old school matte work himself?