The Art of Matte Paintings

In his wonderful blog “Matte Shot: A Tribute to Golden Era Special FX” New Zealand-based film historianPeter Cook takes an in-depth look at the art of matte paintings through HD Blu-ray still images. It’s a pretty extensive survey with a stunning selection of over 300 matte images, including some of the most famous shots in film history that once again give proof of how filmmakers from Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg, from Martin Scorsese to Mel Brooks understood how to utilize trick photography and matte paintings to tell their story. Take a look, but be warned, it will take you some time!

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