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How the Original Star Wars Trilogy Fooled Everyone With Matte Paintings

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Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren’t. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie.


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Martin Scorcese's Kundun, set in Tibet was actuallly filmed in Morocco. Lots of awesome matte painting shots in that movie





There were lots of awesome matte shots in Scorcese's Gangs of New York too. 




The ending in particular was beautiful sequence of animated matte paintings of New York's Manhattan, from the 1860's to its pre 911 city scape. 



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