In light of some recent events, I thought I would take it upon myself to try and clarify some issues that some people seem to be having regarding the art of "matte painting."
First off, let me explain what matte painting is. It is primarily used in film production when a scene calls for background or a set that is either impossible or too expensive to film. It's been around for over 100 years, and in the digital age entails using photographs as a part of the painting process to create scenery and backgrounds.
Ever seen Lord of the Rings? Even seen any of the Star Wars films? What about Avatar? Watched a television show in the last 5 years? Hell, have you seen a romantic comedy anytime recently? Then chances are you've seen a matte painting in action. In fact, 90% of the movies you see today, whether you realize it or not, employ some form of matte painting, or what's called "set extension," to provide the illusion of something that isn't there, replace elements in a scene w