AMC debuted its latest series last night with help from the VFX artist
Jason Dunn and his colleagues at ShutterPunch VFX. The new series
is AMC second foray into genre fiction. The series takes place in a
not-too-distant dystopian future. The subtle art of VFX matte
painting transformed idyllic southern Louisiana landscapes into the
supernatural world of the Badlands.
A matte painting I did from Turn:Washington's Spies, produced for FuseFX. A hybrid of paint and photo-stitching, painted in Photoshop and projected in Nuke. I studied period maps of 18th century London to work out the floor plan.
original concept sketch
It started as a series of rough sketches for approvals, and then I gradually refined it over a couple of weeks.
The final matte painting was separated into depth layers and comped in Nuke.
A matte painting and comp of West Point I did recently for the Amazon Civil War drama Point of Honor at Fuse FX. What makes this shot unique is that we integrated parts of antique photos by Matthew Brady with modern photos of the West Point location. The building was rebuilt years ago and looks completely different today, although the landscape looks the same.
Using very high resolution scans of his photographs, I first retouched the scratches and dust, removed unwanted details, and then colorized them. I then blended them with photos of modern stone buildings. The final comp was projected in Nuke to add some slight 3-D parallax.