Sunday, 11 December 2016

Matte Painter - Will Paint Walls

The Inflicted Life of a VFX Artist

Prior to working in film I must confess to having a wide eyed view of the industry and the glamorous life style that every artist must be inflicted with. Clearly all VFX artists are sky diving their way through life, laboriously attending art shows and exercising their inner Bob Ross and when your name rolls up in the credits of the latest cinematic hit everyone in the theater rises to applaud you; picture the end scene from Titanic, when Rose dies, something like that. So when you finally make it and arrive at the pearly gates of (insert studio name here) you can't help but feel you're in a league above the rest of the world, as you pass people in the streets, they know .. you know, they know! you're a VFX ARTEESTE!! it shines ALL over you like a giant label from Starlight Express! (google it) the girls flock to you like an evading heard of giant chicken like dinosaurs (sexy dinosaurs!) stampeding for a brief whiff of your musky man scent! This is the life! .. ahhh, you sit back in your private screening room with your fellow execs who are all debating the final VFX shot prior to delivery, you sweep in with a solution; "make the tree, 50% bigger!" .. the crowd goes wild! you did it again Super VFX Man! You saved the movie! 

That's how I imagined it, that's how most non VFX people imagine it .. oh and it usually involves a giant Make Art button that glows in the daylight!

So when you tell people you're a matte painter, you're often met with a very confused look. A matte what? You're a painter? oh, ok. You see the cogs turning as they process the idea that you're an interior decorator or you paint walls for a living. After many such encounters there comes a point when you give in and allow them the amusing image of yourself climbing a ladder in the blistering heat, your arm sweeping the sweat from your brow and the sun reflecting a dazzling array of light from your oily chest like a 70s disco ball! .. i mean, I even want to imagine myself like that!! complete with the carton of milk splashing over me! But alas, few people understand. You can always drop the title in place of background painter for film. But still they imagine the same oily chest all american boy scout, this time on a film set! 

With that thought in mind, I decided to create a T-shirt (available through Threadless) for all those few individuals who know exactly what i'm talking about! This way, you can just point to your chest! 

Threadless tee shirt design vfx