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Boca Seca Exterior: Matte Painting with Camera Projection
was one of my favorites. A digital matte painting with true perspective
shift -- indeed, the camera dollies in toward the Boca Seca Saloon slowly,
establishing the building in its arid wasteland. Heat shimmers on the
was primarily a single hi-res painting, the most of which was taken
from the closeup in the shot where Charley and Jake step onto the porch.
The surrounding terrain was taken from a still photograph of an area
where the saloon might have existed.
truth, the Boca Seca Saloon burned to the ground several years ago.
It no longer exists, and didn't except as ashes when I decided I needed
a long establishing shot of it. When it did exist, in was butted right
up against a huge metal airplane hangar and had palm trees on the opposite
side (which is why we only had tight shots of it from principal photography).
course, not any more.
you have the widest shot -- the single hi-res matte painting -- you
can camera project that image onto rough geometry in 3D. In this case,
mostly cubes and flat surfaces. Richard McBride, a 3D whiz at Western
Images, helped tackle this projection sequence. Because the original
source image is quite skewed (the camera in our earlier shot was way
closer than our virtual camera, the building itself had to be built
skewed out-of-whack. Richard rendered a 360-degree fly by to show you
just how messed up the 3D actually is.
the illusion works perfectly as long as your stay in front of the building.
Dang, camera projection is cool.
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