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Another great documentary has gone online from visual effects supervisor Dennis Lowe (Alien, Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer). Lowe has become a prolific and valuable documentarian of visual effects history, starting out with his Alien documentaries a couple of years back, and recently looking into the life and work of matte painter Leigh Took (Clash of the Titans, Batman, Neverending Story II, The Da Vinci Code).
Now Lowe has turned his attention to one of the founding fathers of visual effects photography, the fine-artist-turned-matte-painter Percy Day O.B.E.
Day stumbled across the technique of 'original negative matte painting' when working as a matte artist in France for the production of Au Bonheur Des Dames (1931). Up until this point, matte painting was a very public spectacle, with the artist working live on location to add dimensions to a set by depicting scenes on glass, which would »
Recently, while strolling up the main artery of my downtown New York neighborhood, I noticed that there was a metal grate over a familiar storefront. Peering through the security bars, I saw that the store space was suddenly empty, as if a vacuum cleaner had sucked out its contents. Cinema Classics was gone! I can't say that I was surprised. Even in the age of the vanishing DVD store, it was a defiantly eccentric and homespun venue, a true hole in the wall (the entire place probably measured 10 x 15 feet), with DVDs stocked and organized into eccentric little movie-buff categories, »
- Owen Gleiberman
2 items from 2010
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