Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Matteland and "The Door to Tomorrow"

Studio Artist user Skylar Skybase is currently working on building digital matte painting elements for an upcoming animated short film called "The Door to Tomorrow". The film is the story of a friendship between 2 shapes, and is a mixture of fantasy, a bit of comedy, and drama.

The final film will feature a large number of matte backgrounds digitally painted using Studio Artist. The matte paintings are then processed in Maya and turned into 3D environments for the animated characters to move around in. A short animation test called Matteland is available here that shows off several different Studio Artist generated multi-layer matte paintings that are used to build a series of 3D environments. The camera pan movements in Matteland work with the 3D mapped matte paintings to create the amazing sensation of moving through a painted 3D environment.