Martin Scorsese's film about an orphan who
meets Georges Melies takes place in 1930's Paris. Matte World
was asked to assist with art direction on the environments, and
our artists completed a number of finished shots.
The movie was produced start-to-finish in
3D, unlike some 3D films that shoot 2D and convert to 3D as a
post-process. All the footage was shot with a two-camera (stereo)
rig, providing tremendous detail in the elaborate sets. From a
matte-painting perspective, this creates new demands on the technology.
Most definitions of "matte painting" declare that the camera flattens
the perspective allowing the artist to create flat artwork that
merges seamlessly with photography. We have been evolving away
from this definition for some time with moving cameras that requires
"2-and-a-half-D" or "3D matte paintings." Stereo
photography is the latest development. It's an interesting challenge
and at the same time an opportunity to create more realism in
The movie looks amazing in 3D! If you get
a chance to see it in that format, don't pass it up. This is not
a movie that you would rather see in 2D. Robert Richardson's Oscar
for Best Cinematography is well deserved. Hugo won a total of
five Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.