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The Ring
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Matte World Digital was commissioned to create both 2D and 3D matte paintings for the Dreamworks film The Ring. MWD created key elements and environments in the story, as they were either very difficult or impossible to achieve on location. The following five images are from a single 3D fly-over of Moesko Island and its lighthouse.

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As the shot begins, we approach the island and tilt-up to reveal the lighthouse. In this 3D matte painting, the foreground rocks in the image above is a plate shot on the Oregon coast, the rest of the island, lighthouse and sky are painted
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The second image shows us the island as we continue to fly over the lighthouse. Here, most of the island is a 3D matte painting with the exception of the water. The water plate was shot just outside San Francisco, and projected onto the 3D geometry.
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As we pass over the lighthouse through the CG fog, waves crash on the beach below. We get a closer view of the distant road and on the big screen a view of the blue Ford truck. Displacement maps were used to create complex, organic terrain surfaces in the foreground.
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We fly closer to the CG truck and over 3D computer generated trees.>
Here, when the truck passes behind the telephone pole it's seamlessly switched to a plate of an identical blue Ford truck driving to a ranch in Washington State.

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The truck eventually slows at the ranch entry and Rachel gets out, finishing up over a minute worth of screen time all created by Matte World Digital.


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