Matte World Digital (also known simply as Matte World) was an effects studio that provided matte paintings for several movies and commercials. (They also have provided CG Animation and miniatures when the need arises).
The studio was established in 1989 by Craig Barron, Michael Pangrazio and Krys Demkowicz as an offshoot to Industrial Light and Magic and has worked with ILM nearly a dozen times. They were also the first to utilize the "radiosity" technique in the movie Casinonote and the last to use traditional matte painting methods in Titanic.
See also Illusion Arts, another Matte Painting studio that also closed its doors and Trans Arts and Digital Domain, two other studios that went bankrupt in 2012 (The former going under just before; the latter just after). Craig currently works at Tippett Studio.
Films worked on by Matte World include
- Alice in Wonderland (2010)
- Batman Returns
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Cats & Dogs
- Con Air
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Demolition Man
- Flight of the Intruder
- The Golden Compass
- The Green Mile
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch
- Hocus Pocus
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
- Hot Shots! Part Deux
- Hugo (Last major film)
- Independence Day
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- The Last Samurai
- Mars Needs Moms
- October Sky
- The Ring
- RoboCop 2
- The Shadow
- Star Trek: First Contact
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Worked on the deleted ending; Special Thanks credit in the final film)
- Titanic (1997)
- The Truman Show
- Zodiac - Plus film poster as commissioned by director David Fincher
Tropes Associated with Matte World
- Art Evolution: Originally started doing traditional Matte paintings.
- Conspicuous CG: Occasionally
- Off-the-Shelf FX: One of the Zodiac posters uses a stock image of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Scenery Porn: Even more so than many other studios.