The Gnomon Workshop

Set Extension and Lighting Effects

Matte Painting for Film with Chris Stoski


In today's feature film industry, productions are in constant need of digital set extensions. On this third title in a series, Chris Stoski shows how digital set extensions are achieved. The lecture uses two examples to demonstrate matching simple and complex lighting in the plate photography, dealing with difficult lighting changes, matching the camera angle of the plate with 3D software, and adding camera movement in a compositing environment. The lecture results in the creation of two beautiful moving shots. In addition to Adobe Photoshop®, Chris uses Autodesk 3ds Max and Apple Shake to create these examples, but the techniques can be implemented with other popular 3D and compositing software as well. This title is designed for all skill levels.

Duration: 184 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Chris Stoski

Art Director / Concept Designer

Chris Stoski is one of the leading matte painters and concept artists in the visual effects industry. His clients and employers include Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, Matte World Digital, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Touchstone Pictures and The Cartoon Network to name a few. Recently he authored a book entitled "d'artiste: Matte Painting" in conjunction with Dylan Cole and Alp Altiner, and published by Ballistic Publishing. His film credits include Star Wars Episode III, The Ring, The Last Samurai and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He currently works for ILM as a Lead Digital Matte Artist.

  • "Chris Stoski is one of the leading matte painters in the industry, having authored many rich digital environments in recent films while at ILM and Matte World Digital. He has also been very supportive in contributing to the CG online community, and these tutorials will become a standard for learning the full range of techniques used on high-end matte work, from 2d painting to 3d set extension ."

    - Eric Hanson