VFX: Matte painting


In Gary’s lesson a few weeks ago we were learning the fundamentals of Matte Painting, this is the process of adding still images or other video footage into another bit of footage, this is used in the industry constantly and is a great skill to begin to learn.

I made this by having two layers of the original footage and sandwiching the added city between them, for the layer that was on top, I key framed the footage around the hills to be cut out so that there was nothing else above that and you could see the city I put in between.

I then softened the edges of the city and also added fog to the scene, whilst animating a few to go over the water, I didn’t have enough time to add more colour correction to the city which I hoped to do but overall I am very happy with the skills I learnt this lesson.


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