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Take your Matte painting skills to the next level
The focus of this class is to take the matte painting skills you have and apply them to the real-world scenarios you might encounter working at a studio. The goal is that by the end of the class will have completed several matte paintings that demonstrate a solid technical understanding of what modern matte painting entails. Students will have the opportunity to set up and paint a variety of shots—from 2D to more complex 3D shots—as well as learn the tricks to bring those paintings to life. Just as every studio has a different workflow, students will also gain a basic knowledge of working with different color pipelines, cameras and plates, and learn how to adapt while creating their shots. This class is geared toward intermediate to advanced Photoshop users with some Nuke compositing and 3D modeling skills in Maya, or industry professionals who want to enhance their toolsets. Students should feel comfortable with basic modeling in a 3D environment as well as basic Nuke compositing.
Environment design WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
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Lectures by Heather Abels
Heather currently works as a set Extension Artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles having worked previously as Matte Department Supervisor at Rhythm & Hues on blockbuster films like Life of Pi. Life of Pi marked her third time contributing to Oscar winning visual effects films in a career that has taken her around the world from Weta Digital in New Zealand to her current home in Burbank. Her body of work ranges from epic studio franchises such as Avatar and X-Men to national advertising campaigns and animated features. Working on films like Life of Pi. Her credits include 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter's Tale, Machete Kills, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, R.I.P.D., Django Unchained, Big Miracle, Yogi Bear, Charlie St. Cloud, Avatar.
Advanced Matte Painting Student gallery
May 14th - July 23rd
Summer TERM Registration
Julia O'Reilly / Fall 2017
I loved Heather's class, and her approach to the work and additionally to the ethics of the work. It's a fast-paced class, loaded with digestible information and a clear overall directive.
Katsushi Katayama / Spring 2017
Heather Abels is a wonderful teacher.
Roger Adams / Spring 2017
Heather is an amazing instructor and goes way beyond our Q&A time to answer questions and post on the forum.
Tomer Rousso / Winter 2017
Heather was very professional and knowledgeable. It's rare that you can ask so many question and get a pro like Heather to answer them. I personally asked every single question regarding my curiosity about matte painting, and Heather really took the time to answer each and every question.
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