Independence Day 2: Resurgence

Visual effects shot of the alien mothership from the film Independence Day 2

 

Captain America: Civil War

Greenscreen plate from the film Captain America: Civil War

Visual effects shot from Captain America Civil War.

Combined painting with Maeve Eydmann.

 

Legend

Legend - London skyline matte painting

 

Olympus TV series
olympus_DMP_A_940
Combined painting with Clara Parati

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service


8K city matte painting that was used to cover all the shots looking out of the windows.

 


Mountains and sky matte painting covering all the views outside the windows. I used photos I’d taken on a snowboarding trip to France for reference.

 

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.

 

Pride

Matte painting of snow on and frost on a building from the feature film Pride.

 

Matte painting of snow on distant hills from the feature film Pride.

Matte painting of a coal mining pithead from the feature film Pride.

Matte painting of a coal mining pithead from the feature film Pride.

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.

 

Hugo

I spent about 2 months painting snow on a lot of roof tops and train tracks for this opening shot

 

The Hessen Conspiracy
The Hessen Conspiracy Matte Painting

Entirely digital shot built up from reference of New York and London buildings.

 

Disney Logo/Ident
Disney CGI logo - ident
Landscape created using semi-matte paintings and projected textures

 

Constantine
Constantine - Hell sequence

Constantine - Hell sequence
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.

 

Sin City


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.


The background for this shot was based on my flatmate’s bathroom (which I then dirtied up a fair bit) in the flat we were sharing in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco.

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

Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Ring - Minas Tirith

Lord of the Rings:Fellowshop of the Ring - Minas Tirith background sky matte painting
Minas Tirith
On the left is the original painting by Max Dennison, on the right is my sky/grading fix. The city/castle of Minas Tirith was a (huge) miniature made by Weta Workshop.

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - Orthanc Valley
Orthanc Valley

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring - Minas Morgul
Minas Morgul
Original locked off miniature plate on the left, my retouched version on the right.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Ruined Orthanc Matte painting

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - Ruined Orthanc
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - Ruined Orthanc
Ruined Orthanc
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.

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - Khazad-dum



The chasm at Khazad-dum

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers - Orthanc Valley Matte painting

 

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Orthanc Valley matte painting
Orthanc Valley
Foreground trees were a miniature for the CGI Treebeard (just visible in the second picture).

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Barad-Dur sky matte painting

Barad-dur
Sky matte painting


visual effects showreels

vfx showreels

 

matte painting

matte painting

 

texture painting

texture painting