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rrische
08-03-2007, 06:32 PM
Here's a recent painting, done for the freeway sequence in Die Hard 4.
I was happy with the result, even though it was done very quickly, in a
bit of a rush...

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/3967/picture37lp8.png (http://imageshack.us)

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/7315/picture38je0.png (http://imageshack.us)

Client: The Orphanage/ 20th Century-Fox

RiKToR
08-03-2007, 06:52 PM
nice work... glad you shared it with us.

RQuack
08-03-2007, 07:02 PM
Looks great! Nice piece. So what's "in a bt of a rush" to you?

Timmay
08-03-2007, 08:54 PM
Man that's awesome. I just love how the movie had so many invisible effects.

robbla1981
08-03-2007, 11:17 PM
that kicks ass! just out of curiosity, which parts are brush strokes and which parts are from photos?

rockhoppermedia
08-04-2007, 06:21 AM
I was really dissapointed with the film, plot, storyline and continuity.

However the matte work here has brought a smile to my face, i did not realise that was a matte awesome :D .

Thank you for sharing your invisible art with us.

Rich.

wrporter99w
08-04-2007, 11:23 PM
sweet...it looks great!

balaji_s
08-05-2007, 01:12 PM
Thats aWesome.

jamesvfx
08-06-2007, 12:29 AM
great one Rick, I love the detail in this one, do you use 3D ?or is it all painted with texture and colors?? how long does it take you to make such a great detailed image??

emptyslot
08-06-2007, 01:10 AM
HAHA .. saw the movie yesterday.. it it was "off the hook" love it..

the effects were okey.. the airplanesequence was kinda badly executed with some shots that looked a little bit CG.. otherwise really nice matte.. didnt actually think about that at all during the movie.. great job!

richn
08-06-2007, 03:59 AM
Thats a great job dude! Do you have a before plate or was it all done from scratch?

nickmarshallvfx
08-06-2007, 04:14 AM
Great stuff Rick! Lovely work!
Haven't seen the movie, but when I do Ill look out for it ;)

Nick

rrische
08-06-2007, 06:36 AM
Thanks for the comments!
Every background in the freeway sequence was a matte painting. The logical
approach was to build the environment in 3D, apply some rudimentary
textures and lighting, and render still frames that could be painted over by
the matte artists. Some of these were reprojected for camera moves, others
were for static shots.
My painting was used in one wide static shot, and perhaps one other view
(Haven't seen the movie, so I'm not certain). The entire view was 6000
pixels wide. I completed it over ten very loooooong days. The mantra was
"perfect photorealism", and as it was only a BG for freeway action in the
foreground, I think it came out pretty well. There just wasn't time to sand
off every little rough edge.
And since there wasn't a 100% locked down shot composition when I started,
I needed to treat every area as if it were hero. Hence the labor-intensive
nature of the schedule.

Here's the CG element I started with...

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6299/d4cgek3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I used several reference photos of old warehouses and stuff provided by
The Orphanage, but a surprising amount just needed to be painted, and at
very high resolution with a lot of detail.

Rick

eol
08-06-2007, 08:34 AM
Great work! Thank You for sharing

Madme
08-06-2007, 10:11 AM
Sooo well done...

thanx for sharing!

darvinkmanwah
08-06-2007, 12:57 PM
Nice use of the 3d plate to map everything else onto it...looks good and a nice start for such an extensive matte...wicked stuff man

DZL
08-07-2007, 01:56 PM
Rick -

awesome work.

can you please explain how you match the camera lens in your matte paintings? i notice you have some distortion in this particular shot --

thanks,

dzl

rrische
08-07-2007, 03:41 PM
The only distortion comes from a high angle camera with a slight tilt down
(3 point perspective). This is introduced by the camera in the 3D scene.

photoshopped
08-08-2007, 02:08 AM
Nice1, great work there. I can't believe you have not seen the film yet either? If my work was in a film I would be at the front of the que ;)

Jay

richn
08-08-2007, 02:55 AM
He he! Its true, the first time i worked on a film i was lining up at the front. After one or two its less invitiing (unless you really like the film). Theres usually a preview staff and crew screening but they're always like 8am on a sunday morning.

The second film i worked on potter 4, i still haven't seen it all. :)

photoshopped
08-09-2007, 08:47 AM
He he! Its true, the first time i worked on a film i was lining up at the front. After one or two its less invitiing (unless you really like the film). Theres usually a preview staff and crew screening but they're always like 8am on a sunday morning.

The second film i worked on potter 4, i still haven't seen it all. :)

No way, seriously? Get your ticket and popcorn will ya? U need to see your work in action on the big screen.

Jay

richn
08-09-2007, 08:56 AM
He he, i saw the bits i worked on, just not the whole thing yet. I will get round to it! : )

photoshopped
08-09-2007, 08:59 AM
He he, i saw the bits i worked on, just not the whole thing yet. I will get round to it! : )

Lol, thats ok then. As long as you have seen your work then who cares about the rest of the film hey? ;) Must be a good feeling to see your work up there too!

Jay

richn
08-09-2007, 09:02 AM
Yeah its a great and very surreal feeling. Always seems to look better than you remember it being : )

photoshopped
08-09-2007, 09:05 AM
Nice1 m8, thats great. Keep it up.

Jay

richn
08-09-2007, 09:10 AM
Cheers dude i'll try!

Loki
08-12-2007, 06:18 PM
That's where you were hiding Rick! Christian and I have been wondering!

Looks great! Well done!

rrische
08-13-2007, 11:12 PM
That's where you were hiding Rick! Christian and I have been wondering!

Looks great! Well done!

Thanks Peter! Christian's there too, eh? FEED THAT BOY SOME PIZZA.
He looks thin....

p.s.- Why doesn't this forum's quote feature work properly anymore?

mordecaidesign
08-13-2007, 11:27 PM
I saw Die Hard 4 durring release week because 1. My wife is a big fan of the franchise. 2. I wanted to see the matte paintings and try to guess which painting was Rick's.

I was actually impressed with the film and Willis brought alot of "Jersey Fun" to the scenes.

I actually guessed that the matte painting was at the end of the film but my guess was not this shot. My guess was another shot from the same scene that was a low-angle shot of Willis entering the old building. I saw the freeway colums and guessed that they where actually from a Phoenix overpass.

Awesome job Rick. I thought this shot was real. Looking at it further, I am wondering if the clouds are Arizona clouds?

rrische
08-14-2007, 02:52 AM
Thanks. No, not Arizona clouds. It's a combination of several different skies,
painted together.
We have had some spectacular clouds lately, And I've been up at dawn many
times recently, photographing sunrises for a commercial. And as I write this, a
thunderstorm is raging outside. Lightning is striking at an average of once
every two seconds....

Awesome.

RiKToR
08-14-2007, 04:15 PM
Hey Rick, a little of topic.. but how difficult is it for you find some matte work while living in AZ. And I was shooting my first round of lightning photography while you were posting last night..lol.

rrische
08-14-2007, 09:40 PM
Hey Cliff,
I'll PM you...

B. Kachel
08-14-2007, 10:08 PM
Hey Rick,

Nice to see you posting again. Painting looks great. I remember that scene from the film. Hope all is well with you dude!

-Brandon

Daniel
08-14-2007, 10:37 PM
WOWZERS! Rick your still posting on here!?!? Great work as always!

Are you freelance now?

rrische
08-15-2007, 12:02 AM
Hey Brandon! Nice to see you too! Are you at Cafe now? That's great!

Daniel, yes I've been freelancing for the last 6 years now....

I really enjoyed working on this piece. This really personifies why I got
interested in matte painting in the first place. I fell in love with movies
in the 70's, when realism was in vogue. So this was a treat to work on.
Very Albert Whitlock kinda job....

B. Kachel
08-15-2007, 12:15 AM
Hey Rick I am at Cafe now! Everything is going great there! I Finally made it out to CA!

swoop
08-15-2007, 08:35 AM
Nice job Rick !
I really like it
:)

cserbuj
08-16-2007, 11:48 PM
Great work , Rick. It doesn't look to be done quickly, really. :) Very rich image.