MATTE & EFFECTS FILMS CELEBRATED: Part Six
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3w ago
  Hello again friends and olde timey matte and trick shot enthusiasts.  It's that time again for a trip through the cinematic museum of movie wizardry and creativity from the pre-computer era.  I call this my mid-winter blockbuster, as it is that particular season right now where I am, and what better time than to dust off a multitude of visual effects wonders to feast your eyes upon. Seriously. Well, what have we got?  An overlooked disaster epic from long ago;  A CinemaScope lightweight medieval costumer; A pair of eighties flicks about teens with special abilities ..read more
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MATTE & EFFECTS FILMS CELEBRATED: Part Five
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4M ago
  Hi friends... it's autumn here now and the season is turning a different colour 'down under' (sounds like something a medic should promptly look into?)  As such, it appears that it is that time again for another vast and fulfilling exploration of all things traditional matte, miniature and optical - done the 'old fashioned way' by eye, hand, instinct, and sometimes sheer seat of the pants ingenuity to sell a shot. As always, I have a treasure trove of material to share - much of which I'm certain will be fresh to many, if not all of my readers.  We have an astonishingly bro ..read more
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MATTE & EFFECTS FILMS CELEBRATED: Part Three
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8M ago
  Hello there folks.  I know it's been an eternity since one of these substantial and value for money(!) blog posts on all great things matte related, but I have had other things to do, such as home renovation work after the destructive cyclone and floods here last January (yes, it took 7 months for the damned insurance to come through... with 50'000 odd claims, most far more serious than ours!) That aside, as mentioned ad nauseam over the fourteen or so years that these bloggings have been rolling off the cyber presses, I've just got to be in the exact mood to tackle 'em.  It's ..read more
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MATTE & EFFECTS FILMS CELEBRATED: Part Two
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1y ago
  Hi Guys and Gals.... it's matte magic time once again, with a healthy round up of films and genres, from a wide spectrum indeed.  I've got 'B' grade monsters, big budget Technicolor fantasy, gritty British WWII action, a thirties comic classic, a VistaVision epic, a wonderful Disney true story, and to top it off, a biopic of the late Tina Turner!  Plus, a long forgotten and previously unidentified matte shot by Albert Whitlock when he was in England in the 1940's is also in today's line up!  And as if that weren't enough, I've got a cavalcade of rarely seen Matte World ..read more
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MATTE & EFFECTS FILMS CELEBRATED: Part One
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1y ago
Greetings friends and myriad enthusiasts of 'old time' traditional special photographic effects, mattes, miniatures, trick shots and all such 'lost' art forms of days gone by.  It is time for yet another journey down that ever fascinating path of wonderful motion picture magic, that we all love so much. Today, I've assembled a very broad cross section of films, from across the cinematic spectrum - from science fiction, western, swashbuckler, jungle adventure and epic desert romance genres - all here in the one packed blog post.  As usual, I've included a few worthy titles that f ..read more
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KEEP 'EM LAUGHING: Mattes & Trick Shots in Comedies - Part Two
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1y ago
Hi there friends and followers of the sublime, lost art form of traditionally rendered matte painted shots and miscellaneous motion picture wizardry. It is indeed that time again, Delays in getting this up and running have been due to near apocalyptic weather conditions, with the worst cyclone descending upon New Zealand from the tropics ever recorded, with floods and destruction the likes unseen here since records began.  Whole communities wiped off the map.  My home was partially flooded, though luckily just a spare bedroom and annexes in the basement, though, unfortunately, that ..read more
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KEEP 'EM LAUGHING: Mattes & Trick Shots in Comedy Films - Part One
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1y ago
'Tis the season to be jolly, or so they say, so here we are back again with yet another blog that's absolutely jam packed with cinematic wonderment.  My previous blog on low cost film effects proved most popular, with much feedback and comment (and a couple of corrections).  I still plan to do a follow up Low Budget blog at some point, as I missed a bunch of great little films with really nifty trick work such as the sci-fi cult item FIEND WITHOUT A FACE among others.  Stay tuned, as they say. Today we will be embarking on the first of a large two-parter on mattes and trick ef ..read more
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INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: THE MATTE ART - Part Two
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2y ago
  Hi there friends, followers and fellow film fanatics.  It is, without question, well and truly time to examine more of that utterly magical lost art form of the traditional, hand painted and photo-chemically assembled matte shot.  I have an epic (truly!) rundown here today, as the continuation of the mammoth tribute piece to Industrial Light & Magic's matte painting department and the personalities therein. As with the first part of this extensive overview, I've attempted to cover all of the ILM traditional mattes as best I can, and in chronological order.  There a ..read more
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THE LOST MATTES OF RUSSELL LAWSON
Matte Shot - A tribute to Golden Era special fx
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2y ago
  Hi there fellow enthusiasts of that marvellous, magical and utterly beguiling lost artform of traditional matte painting and old school trick photography.  It's that time once again for NZ Pete to unwrap another parcel of ingenious and often amazing hand painted motion picture processes from the photo-chemical era, or as my friend Mark Wolf would say, "B.C - before computers". In this, the final article for 2021 (and maybe for good given the state of the world as it stands at present) I want to delve into an exciting treasure chest of never before seen goodies that I'm quite c ..read more
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MATTE TRICK SHOT REVIEW: Scaling The Heights of Excellence
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3y ago
  Hi there friends... and welcome to another edition of NZ Pete's Matte Shot; your veritable 'one stop shop' for all things 'traditional' as far as painted mattes go, as well as other forms of old school hand made motion picture trick shots.  I've got some wonderful material assembled here, a great deal of which hasn't been seen before. The title banner on todays edition, Scaling The Heights of Excellence, was most deliberate.  It actually encompasses not just a very spectacular effects filled Alpine motion picture from the late fifties, but also doubles as a personal tribute ..read more
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