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Default 07-25-2007, 06:56 AM

Downloaded, thanks a lot :) Does anybody know where to find more informations about Al Whitlock? I never heard of that name before, shame on me :oops: :cry:
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Default 07-25-2007, 12:36 PM


I have a chapter on Whitlock in my book “The Invisible Art: The legends of Movie Matte Painting.” If you can buy the hardback that has a CD-Rom with a few Whitlock clips that was part of his demonstration reel. You can find it on Amazon or e-bay etc.

If you have a library that has “American Cinematographer” magazine look up “The Hindenburg” and “Earthquake” issues.

Also on the Stop Motion forum there is an active discussion on “Favorite Whitlock Matte Shots- ... =803&page=

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Default 07-25-2007, 02:25 PM

truly amazing work, thanks for putting this together/ uploading this Craig.

-Brandon Young
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Default 07-26-2007, 01:29 AM

X2. Fantastic video, great artist. Thank you for sharing
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Default 07-26-2007, 01:37 AM

Thanks again Craig, that was a really nice video (though it's all the more sad that Albert is no longer with us). I've pasted the link in my profile signature, maybe if a few more of us do this, more people in the community will get to see it.

hope all is well,

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Default 08-02-2007, 05:00 PM

What a talented man. Great video, thanks for sharing!



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Default 08-02-2007, 05:50 PM

Oh this is nice. Thanks for the link. Now that's nice matte painting work. Too bad the video is so small. Hopefully a dvd will be released.
Funny to see those shots without a crazy camera move. I must say I like it simple yet effective. I like the part where Bob Boyle talks about The Birds being realized due to finding a good matte painter (in this case Whitlock). Only then did they go ahead with that movie. Now that's cool.
If someone finds a bigger version of this video...please post!
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Default 08-02-2007, 06:56 PM

Wore a suit and tie to work everyday and never got a spot of paint on it :wink:

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Default Whitlock DVD - 08-06-2007, 11:17 PM

you can buy the Whitlock documentary here: ... l#F1159DVD

It's pricey at 79.95, if anyone's bought it I'd be curious to know how the quality is.
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Default 08-19-2007, 08:50 AM

Very interesting video. And good discussion on stopmotionanimaition.
Traditional mattepainting is so exciting. It's amazing. I'd love to see the original painting. I didn't have the chance yet. Only one from star wars at the exhibition in Paris last year. I was so impressed.
This art is dying...
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