Top right is the original image, shot by second unit director Simon Cox, and the image below is the final matte painting, Audrius Urbonavicius did for us, and comped into place.
Above the new mountains are some whispy clouds which will be animated to enhance the realism. All the work was done by Audrius in Photoshop, ending up with a multi layered image that was 16bit and over 200mb for the single frame. What is amazing about this is how fast he was able to work. He really is an extremely talented artist.
The shot only appears briefly in the film, as an establishing shot, and it will be dropped into the final grade, probably on Friday, when we will all see it in its final glory… at full film resolution. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!
Pictures speak louder than words, so that’s enough for the blog today!
Well done Audrius and thank you Men From Mars!
Onward and upward!