Matte painting is process of creating an image or a scene or a distant location traditionally or digitally by painting or photo manipulation. This allows the film-makers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. At its best, depending on the skill levels of the artists and technicians, the effect is “seamless” and creates environments that would otherwise be impossible to film.
The artist will work closely with the Modeling and Shading departments and therefore must have a basic knowledge of the practices of each of these disciplines. Artists must also have a sound knowledge and understanding of visual effects pipelines, production and implementation, as well as the ability to work well in a team. He / she should have the ability to create photo realistic digital matte paintings in line with supervisor and client’s direction and create look development and concept artwork If required as well as the ability to interact with fellow artists and other departments to achieve the best quality of work and achieve.
Good traditional and/or digital art skills
Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (or equivalent)
File management skills a benefit
Previous experience at painting photo real mattes and set extensions
Strong understanding of color, perspective and mood