Combined painting with Maeve Eydmann.
Halo: Nightfall (TV series)
Complete hangar painting created from location reference.
Roof replacement. Before on the left, after on the right. Most of the roof ended up cropped out in the final shot.
I came in at the end of this project, so most of the big matte painting work had already been done by Lizzie Bentley. Most of my work was painting additional snow and frost, removing buildings, and adding coal mine pit-heads.
I spent about 2 months painting snow on a lot of roof tops and train tracks for this opening shot
Entirely digital shot built up from reference of New York and London buildings.
Landscape created using semi-matte paintings and projected textures
I painted all the background city buildings for the Hell sequences (LA Freeway and ambulance) as 2.5D camera projections, although in almost all the shots they’re so covered in smoke, dust and heat haze you can hardly see them.
One of the most fun projects I’ve ever worked on for The Ophanage (sadly no more). As matte painters we were given complete freedom in how we created the matte paintings, while the black and white format made it a very interesting exercise in contrast and, form and strong compositional and graphical elements.
The snow in this shot and the one below was created using some classic pre-digital matte painting miniatures techniques – show to me by legendary matte painter Mike Pangrazio – in this case a table covered in chicken-wire and tin foil to create the hillocks, then the whole thing covered in baking powder, which when lit and photographed correctly looks exactly like snow, with other shots using tiny plastic models, and even tiny model boots to create footprints in the snow.
This was one of those shots that should be incredibly simple and ends up becoming a huge amount of work. All the floor tiles are a matte painting (again based on my flatmate’s bathroom floor), although you wonder why they didn’t just shoot a tiny bit of real floor tile instead.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
There was a huge miniature built of ‘Ruined Orthanc’, but for some reason the production forgot to shoot these angles for Gandalf’s imprisonment and escape, and the miniature was destroyed by the time these shots were turned over to Weta Digital, so I was tasked with creating matte paintings using shots and hi-res still of the miniature.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sky matte painting