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Tutorial: Creating a Matte Painted Shot in Blender


Brace yourself - Sean Kennedy just shared over 5 hours of video tutorials on the creation of this impressive scene!

For a recent article in 3D Artist magazine, I created a shot using matte paintings to extend a set. I thought it'd be fun to expand it quite a bit for my blog. Not only will we go through the tracking, placing the matte paintings, and compositing, but we'll even throw in some fabric blowing in the wind and background birds.

Hope everyone finds it fun!

About the Author

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy is a visual effects artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. He's worked at visual effects companies both small and large, and composited on two Academy Award winning films – The Golden Compass and Life of Pi. He's currently working at CoSA VFX in Los Angeles.


  1. Very impressive. I've watched many DVD's with extras showing a scene being built up with backgrounds, buildings and birds but still never really understanding how it is all done. I'm now halfway through your tutorials and its all making sense. I want to get my camera out now and have a go myself. Thanks

    • Thanks, Andy! You definitely should get your camera out and give it a shot! And please share what you create, I'd love to see.

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