Chapter 1Mattes and Compositing Defined

Since the beginning of motion pictures, filmmakers have strived to create a world of fantasy by combining live action and visual effects of some kind. Whether it was Georges Méliès’ ground-breaking work in the silent film A Trip To The Moon in 1902 or Walt Disney creating the early Alice Comedies with cartoons composited over film footage in the 1920s or Linwood Dunn and Carroll H. Dunning combining stop-motion miniatures with live footage for the visual effects for King Kong in 1933, the quest to bring the worlds of reality and fantasy together continues to evolve. With computer technology pushing the envelope more every year, filmmakers are constantly attempting to outdo their predecessors with more realism ...

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