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02-14-2006, 09:20 AM
looking for comments - thanks!

Matte Painting & Set Extension shots from Redemption

Establishing wide shot


Set Extension Matte Painting - from Redemption

Original Plate was shot with a DVX-100 16:9 24p
All modern elements (cars, roads, powerlines, etc...) had to be painted out & the distant mountians were added


Final Shot was composited, rotoscoped & color corrected in after effects


Redemption is a independent (student led) feature film currently in post phase of production. Written & Directed by Collins College film student, Robert Conway - www.galleryfilms.net (http://www.galleryfilms.net) - Redemption is a western that had a unique approach to filmming. Shot on HDV & DV 24p 16:9, the look of the film is being managed by students working out the various color grading for each sequence. Trying to take advantage of all the stuff we could do in post allowed us to proceed in trying to make the film appear as epic as the script had intended. These are some early test composites from the film. We are currently working on several matte painting, set extensions, rig removal, paint & particle fx and even some green screen actors & practicals. The coolest part, the students are handling majority of the production. Check back for the Redemption trailer soon!

any comments or feedback would be great!

VFX Lead Instructor
Michael Bostick

find out more about the production:

fx breakdowns
www.mediafarm.tv/postfx/r_fx1.html (http://www.mediafarm.tv/postfx/r_fx1.html)
production photos
www.mediafarm.tv/redemption (http://www.mediafarm.tv/redemption)
www.filmingarizona.com/RedemptionGallery.html (http://www.filmingarizona.com/RedemptionGallery.html)
film sites
www.redemptionfilm.com (http://www.redemptionfilm.com)
www.galleryfilms.net (http://www.galleryfilms.net)

02-15-2006, 05:59 AM
The first one, the establishing shot, is nicely done. Good work.

The second one doesn't work for me. The color temperature of the rock cliffs at the right is not consistent with the rest of the scene--way too cool.

02-15-2006, 09:03 AM
And is it just my monitor, or are the highlights in the clouds
totally clipped out? It's that way in the plate also (referring to
the second shot).

Normally that would be something I would be called upon to fix
as an (undesireable) digital artifact.

Nice work though. Very stylized color palette.


02-15-2006, 09:08 AM
I see you corrected the bottom image. Looks much better!

Rick, the clouds are clipped--looks the same on my monitor.

02-16-2006, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys!

your input is really valuable. I think I might end up ditching the sky altogether. It is pretty blown out in the original plate. It kinda sucks, because we had really nice sky on the day of the shoot. The shot is a long slow push back to this wide position, during which the clouds have a little movement (which is great). When I get back to that shot, I will see if I can knock the hot spot down a bit. I will update with the final result soon.
Right now my students & I are moving forward with more than 100 of these type shots. One of the most interesting challenges has been dealing with grain. We have had some nice results with AE remove grain filter. We are also considering processing the footage through our Flame system to clean it up.
Several of the composite elements were shot with a JVC GY-100 HDV 720p 24fps. Finding the balance between the HDV & DV formats will definitely take some tweaking. The film does have a very stylized look. The color grading is coming along nicely. Many tests were done in preproduction to find the looks Robert wanted.

Currently work on rough cut & trailer.

This project has turned out to be a fantastic experience for our BA Film & FX students. I am encouraging them to use this forum for critiques as they start to put shots together. It is a great resource! Some serious talent wander these halls.

Thanks again! Very cool stuff

Michael Bostick

02-18-2006, 06:26 AM
Any artists in the southwest? We would like to hear from you. There is a lot of work left to do on the film and we are trying to get the best people involved. send a link or email if interested.

Also, does anyone know musicians interested in scoring?


Michael Bostick

tree frog
02-24-2006, 07:40 AM
im the the southwest :) of the UK unfortunetly :( still, be fun to contribute to a cool little indie movie. if you need some 3d camera tracking/matchmoving or visual fx - id be happy to contribute :)

03-01-2006, 09:09 PM
Hey Bos,

It's Cliff Berry from your AE class back when you taught us lowly animators. I could possibly find the time to help out now that I graduated. Just drop me line and check out my graduation reel on website www.blurred-pixels.com (http://www.blurred-pixels.com). I have a matte that I built at the end and worked most of the composites in combustion.

In couple weeks I'll be picking up a Nikon D50 and driving all over the state to get the gigs of photos I need for mattes, but this sounds like perfect way to cut my teeth.

Hope to hear from you.

03-07-2006, 09:46 AM
Sorry for the delay in my replies-

Thanks for your interest in the film.

We will be posting new matte painting shots soon.

The "Redemption" trailer is almost here. I will post a link soon.

good to hear from you. At this point we have the lead positions filled and have started moving forward on the post work. Over the next few months, I do see opportunities for more people to get involved (photoshop artists & combustion/flame artists). Drop by sometime and we can talk about it.

Sebastian Kaine
03-07-2006, 11:24 AM
Very good work !

It remind me the Matte That jean Marie Vives has done for Blueberry .

Maybe you can pick up some more great idea there :


03-14-2006, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the link, Sebastian. He does have some amazing work!

In the coming weeks we plan on posting some of the FX work from the film. All the post work is being handled my Visual FX students (currently in their Discreet Flame class) and I. This project is requiring some creative management and organization. With over a hundred shots and everyone working remotely - getting into the flow has taken us a month or so. Things are groovin now though.

A new official film site is in the works and it will have tons of visual fx breakdowns and behind the scenes clips/photos.

lots of rotoscoping, matte paintings, set extensions, etc...

this is truely an experiment is seeing how far we can push the visuals using off the shelf software & careful planning (& a lot of creativity). Our budget is still well under $100,000. These days it seems, telling epic stories don't require the epic budgets as much. Budget related to major set construction, can be handled by a talented matte painter/photoshop & 100s of extras can get taking care of the a simple clone tool. It just requires you to plan every shot with post production in mind. This is a really interesting approach to filmmaking for me.

www.redemptionfilm.com (http://www.redemptionfilm.com) - new site soon!

thanks again for your interest

this site has been an invaluable resource for me.

Michael Bostick

Sebastian Kaine
03-14-2006, 11:31 AM
You looks to be highly motivated :wink: ! and it's 50% of the job !

I will higly recommend you to study the TV Serie DeadWood From HBO ! The Photography , The actors the atmosphere can be very inspirative for you ! http://www.hbo.com/deadwood/

Good luck for your movie ! :wink: !

03-22-2006, 10:22 AM
The official Redemption movie site is up!

www.redemptionfilm.com (http://www.redemptionfilm.com)

A teaser trailer has been posted. Over the coming months there will be a lot of behind the scenes material on the visual fx work (inside redemption) and a production log from the director.

We will post some of the matte painting work in this forum as we proceed.

Thanks again for your interest in our project.

Michael Bostick

04-19-2006, 04:33 PM
Redemption Movie Trailer

www.redemptionfilm.com/redemptiontrailer.mov (http://www.redemptionfilm.com/redemptiontrailer.mov)

looking for feedback, thanks

04-19-2006, 05:05 PM
Looks great!

06-21-2006, 01:53 PM
thanks for the comments!

more to come soon

06-22-2006, 12:41 PM
wow that trailer is incredibly professional!
Very nice work! I actually felt like I was waching a real trailer, and the acting looked good too. There's no point going to all the trouble with the mattes and effects if the acting is wooden, but it seemed great!