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The Invisible Art

The Legends of Movie Matte Painting

By Mark Cotta Vaz,and Craig Barron

11-3/4 x 10 in; 288 pp;
color images throughout
Paperback
August 2004
ISBN 9780811845151
ISBN10 081184515X

SKU# 9780811845151

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Now available in paperback, The Invisible Art provides an unprecedented retrospective of matte art painting -- the unsung hero in the fast-paced world of cinematic visual effects. Until recently, matte-painting techniques were closely guarded secre...
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The Invisible Art

Now available in paperback, The Invisible Art provides an unprecedented retrospective of matte art painting -- the unsung hero in the fast-paced world of cinematic visual effects. Until recently, matte-painting techniques were closely guarded secrets kept locked up on studio lots. The Invisible Art flings open the gates to reveal the finest representations of matte paintings from rare examples seen in epics such as Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane to prove that the brush is mightier than the computer, as seen in such blockbusters as Star Wars and Titanic. Lavishly illustrated, the book's tremendous scope unveils a century's worth of fascinating stories, legendary personalities, and cunning movie craft from the first pioneering "glass shots" to the dawn of digital technology. Including a foreword by George Lucas, The Invisible Art conjures a never-before-told story of film wizardry.

 

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11-3/4 x 10 in; 288 pp;
color images throughout
Paperback
August 2004
ISBN 9780811845151
ISBN10 081184515X
Mark Cotta Vaz recently completed his 19th book, a biography of Merian C. Cooper, creator of King Kong which is scheduled to be published by Random House in 2005. Vaz's books on movie history include Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm, which documents the second decade of George Lucas' famed visual effects house. He's currently working with filmmaker Leslie Iwerks on the history of Pixar Animation Studios, which will be published by Chronicle in 2005. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Craig Barron has been an innovator in the cinematic technique of matte painting for the last two decades, playing a key role in the effects for films from The Empire Strikes Back to The Last Samurai. A veteran of George Lucas's effects company, Industrial Light + Magic, Barron now heads Matte World Digital. He is currently creating the visual effects for an Imax film on the Universe for professor Stephen Hawking. Barron lives in Marin County, California.

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