Matte Painting Challenge: Alien Landscape

I had this crazy idea to see if people on Video Copilot wanted help create some stuff for an new tutorial about an alien planet that may or may not resemble the one from the upcoming Prometheus film.

Basically we filmed a short scene where Sam is running from some destruction followed by really bad things and one of the shots we need is the one above. As scary as the palm trees look, I was hoping to replace with some mountains and dark sky and something inspired by the Prometheus film to help complete the world.

Now, if I had a little bit of help doing the background I could start working on the other stuff and we’ll just make it a lot better! Plus it would be fun to bring the community together participate in the tutorials, right? Of course your name in the credit and we will even feature some of the best ones on the site for all to see. Plus if you help, I might be able to get this thing done sometime this year!


– Replace everything above the horizon like sky and mountains of a desolate planet.
– Design at HD or larger
– I’d like to keep the blue tones for the foreground
– Post a link to your work when you are finished.
– Have fun and be creative!!

The deadline is JUNE 15th!!

Positing your work:

-Post a link as a comment here (Be sure to use a real Email in the input box)
-Post to our Forum here: Forum Challenge

Download HD Frame

This is our first challenge, let’s see how it goes and we’ll try to make it more streamlined in the future!

May 28th, 2012 @ 10:17 pm
How Exciting! I'll definitely be contributing!
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Good idea..

Nice i am first, lets do this..
Ali Amir
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:21 pm
This type of community involvement is a great idea! I've started seeing more of this kinda stuff lately and it helps keep things interesting, as well as give us a chance to really test ourselves and apply what we've learned. Its our way of giving back ;P hahah.
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm
I´ll do my best as well. Thanks for the oportunity
Frederik Barington
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
Awesome idea! :D I will give my best!
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm
In like flint!

This should be fun.
Gustavo Degrossi
May 28th, 2012 @ 10:53 pm
I´m very excited!!! I can´t wait to start.
Andrew one question, you want it in jpeg or animated.
The real smithy
May 28th, 2012 @ 11:15 pm
Brilliant idea. This is gonna be fun :)????
May 28th, 2012 @ 11:20 pm
oh! god! did you see what AK did?
God: yes, I told him to make everyone watching his website hold their breath. HE did like this!
May 28th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm
super doper excited <3
May 28th, 2012 @ 11:45 pm
This would be fun... if only I had the time.
Ivo Bradica
May 28th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
Hey dude, amazing. I'll give it a try too!
french fred
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:13 am
it would be great to give us a complete footage and let us bring the mothertrucking aliens !
The real smithy
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:18 am
Also if it works, could make it a regular thing. It'll make everyone busy and keep people off your back for awhile.
Ionut Voinea
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:23 am
Like this?
I removed Sam as he is always :))
    May 29th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
    Nice! I like this.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 2:22 pm
    i Like it too
    Ionut Voinea
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
    Thanks guys.
    Here is a reworked version with better quality,
    depth and blending:
    P.S. Sam, I was joking before. We all love you (r death VFX) :)
    Jonathan Stringer
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:27 am
    Hey i really loved your matte painting! How did you color grade the mountains???
    Ionut Voinea
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
    Thanks Jonathan. I did it in AE with a tritone effect, changing the mid color to a blue shade from the foreground then a curves adjustment for contrast and fine tuning...same thing for the clouds.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm
    Nice! Good color
    Ionut Voinea
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
    Here is my second entry with a different BG:
    May 31st, 2012 @ 1:21 am
    Wow nice job, I loved it
    Ionut Voinea
    June 2nd, 2012 @ 9:16 am
    Third entry with a different BG and foggy FG:
    (I've got too much free time :) )
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:39 am
Does it have to be a video? or simply a picture.
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:45 am
He, he. This will be Pandora's box... But yes, I have to participate, of course. Can't resist something like this.
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:56 am
i wish to join you guys but my system crashed, infact it stopped working, anyway i will catch you guy later
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:02 am
So do we keep Sam in there?, cut him off at the waist? or take him out completely?
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:09 am
I'm in! definitely! It's a very good idea mister Andrew!
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:09 am
I guess it might be a good idea to make the backdrop into several separate layers for parallaxing, right? Or is the video a locked off still shot?

Are you interested in motion at all or is this only a still matte painting??

Great idea, I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with :D
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:11 am
Somehow this reminds me of a banner contest???
    May 29th, 2012 @ 8:31 am
    yeah me too, but I think this one might turn out better, everyone makes mistakes.
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:21 am
Are you going to be Rotoing Sam out? - Is it safe for me to remove him from the scene completely? :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:06 am
This is one challenge I would join in. I might be the best but Andrew A????? gonna pull some competition.
Let's do thid for Naija (Core Pixel)
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:25 am
I'll give it a shot!

I believe someone already asked this, but do you want a single image, or a movie?
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:26 am
awesome! in what format do you need it?
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:36 am
Awesome Andrew, I will try my BEST.. So got any prize for the challenge?? Haha, just kiddin =
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:36 am
lets see... I'm in!
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:40 am
hey andrew i tried to make one but it's not that good and it's have some mistakes but i tried!!!
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:32 am
    Omg, maybe you should try it again.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:19 pm
    hey Sonya be nice!

    Daruis, I think andrew may be looking for scenery that is still so it can be animated on top of. So a burst of fire and an exploding boulder wouldn't work, you know?

    Maybe try simpler, so the viewers eye is less confused!

    Just my opinion
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:54 am
Sounds like fun. I will give it a go...although I must warn you that the force may not be that strong with me :-).
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:03 am
You should make give the best entry a complete bundle of your plugins as prize :D
    May 29th, 2012 @ 4:05 am
    You should make a giveaway OR give the best... Mixed up the sentences...
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:24 am
    To be honest, I dont think he should.. Im not putting your comment down or anything like that, I just believe Andrew has given us alot over the years in way of tutorials, and small freebies now and then, and now he has asked us for some help
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:27 am
The EXIF doesnt hold any camera data (probably because it's directly exported from AE)

Could you be so kind and provide the camera focal length used in the shot?

Thanks :)
- Will try my best on this one
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
    according to my cameratracker the focal length is somewhere around 50mm ;)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:41 am
    correction, the focal length is dependent on the backplate size....but syntheyes tells the FOV is around 27°
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:32 am
Good idea, I will also try! If I have the time! I recommend this site for textures:
    May 29th, 2012 @ 8:14 am
    which program did u use?
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:04 am
    Photoshop :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:52 am
This is a great idea.should be really good fun .I'm in!
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:02 am
I was just wondering if we can take out the red and white "cage like" structure out. It is right below the horizon line on the left hand side. Cant wait to send this!!
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:18 am
Very Nice Idea
Please Some Tutorial For Matte Painting
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:26 am
awesome , can't wait
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:32 am
Sounds awesome, I will give it a go.
Bartholomew Lim
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:45 am
this is interesting.
I'll give it a try. I'll post a painting to your forum!!!!!!!!
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:02 am
It was a very good picture
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:04 am
I think I'll give It a go and see what I'm capable of doing :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:07 am
Finally Andrez decided to make us work hard.
Now he will know who is a good designer lol
I wish I can contribute but I am running out of time
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:14 am
i'm thinking of doing something similar for my BA project next year! i was thinking of using 3ds max to create the world terrain, i too was inspired by prometheus, the landing sequence mostly! looking forward to this tutorial!
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:15 am
I'm In :D thanks Andrew lol and by the way this idea is very genius. Outsourcing like a boss
Doug Wilson
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:16 am
Here is very quick attempt. Completed in 2.5hrs. Enjoy!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:57 am
    Wow, this is sick dude!
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:29 am
This is amazing! Congratulations Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot for this awesome idea to involve VC fans on your projects! :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 6:38 am
Let's get to work!
This project will be very easy, just use your imagination to create a crazy scenario.
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:17 am
hello why 3D element is not available ??
i cry i wait this on un year :'( please master cramer make this for the simply poeple
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:31 am
Fantastic Idea... Looking forward to submitting something.
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:32 am
Great idea Andrew! Interactivity is great!!
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:33 am
I’ll definitely be contributing!!!!
Francis wizer
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:47 am
Awesome!...turns out I just learned how to hide stuff in 3D max using matte that will work pretty well in replacing the trees with anything, including a spaceship 8-).
Pedro Olveira
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:53 am
English with a translator.

Hi Andrew, first of all, I write from Uruguay, secondly thank you for making us participate in your project. I'm running for this project and send it if you like. Thanks to and from
Atte. Peter Olveira


Hola andrew, en primer lugar, te escribo desde Uruguay, en segundo lugar te doy las gracias por hacernos participe en tus proyecto. Me pongo en campaña para realizar este proyecto y mandarlo si te gusta. desde ya gracias
Atte. Pedro Olveira
    Diego Riverol
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
    Hola perdo, yo tambien soy de Uruguay, apasionado de las postpo tambien un gusto, me sorprendio ver a un uruguayo comentando. Mandame un mail y nos hablamos si queres, o por skype, elrive13.

    June 18th, 2012 @ 11:03 am
    uruguay noma !!!
May 29th, 2012 @ 8:32 am
Do you want Sam still in the shot? or should he be erased?
Dave DiLeo
May 29th, 2012 @ 8:32 am
First time trying anything like this. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you like it.
Tim Creed
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:03 am
This sounds fun! May the best matte-painter win.
Harshana rasanga
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:23 am
this is my 1st matte paint :) hop u can get a idea even 1%
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:26 am
Heres my example:

I also posted in the forum. Great idea!
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:28 am
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:30 am
Okay, so here is mine:
Greetings from Austria!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:28 am
    wow, I wish I had some time to do this... Some of the examples so far are not very amazing to say the least... :( Rafael Bankosegger's is the best one I've seen so far...
    Thanks Andrew, you're amazing :) You've got the same sense of humour as my chemistry teacher, and he's the best teacher in the whole college :P
    June 7th, 2012 @ 12:18 am
    This one is interesting.
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:31 am
a) Can you submit more than one matte painting?

b) What is the B position/ direction Sam is running so we can make sure not to occlude him or have him running into an object in the foreground? or do you just want to keep the foreground empty? Could cheat and put something in the foreground and have it get destroyed before Sam runs into it.

Is that do-able?
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

I'm French and this is my creation ! :)

Enjoy !
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:41 am
    Lol though i understood only a few things , but it was awesome :D although not related to what Andrew wanted anyway nice try man !
    June 1st, 2012 @ 4:29 am
    cheap way to get views for your film. Sorry man, that is lame to do that...I didn;t even watch it because of this reason.
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:54 am
I'm definitely in! Will post something soon.

May 29th, 2012 @ 9:59 am
Here´s my result.^^
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:03 am
So exited to see how this turns out.
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:09 am
Mine is pretty simple, but I figured it shouldn't be too busy because I assume some sort of visual effect will be happening over it.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
    Hey I like that subtle aberration around the mountain edges, did you add that or was the source mountain photo already like that?

May 29th, 2012 @ 10:22 am
    May 29th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm
    That's freakin sweet dude!
    May 29th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
    Good work!
    May 29th, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
    Hey pal,
    this is really great! :)
    May 29th, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
    Jeez, well done man.
    Ariel Wollinger
    May 29th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm
    Best one so far. I would make the blacks a little more washed out on the character.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm just raised the bar. Now I have to start again...
    May 29th, 2012 @ 8:23 pm
    great job.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:31 am
    I take back my previous comment... This one is now the best... :) :) GOOD JOB!!! you made Andrew proud :)
    June 7th, 2012 @ 12:26 am
    Yes this, one is the better i've seen here. Good job dude !
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:27 am
E. Khill
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:31 am
This is my.

I used some really advanced methods, but i feel it is looking pretty good.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:38 pm
    Wow! I am trying to comprehend what you did there, but I'm not having any luck. Great job though!!, it's looking good I can't wait until it's done!! haha
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
    woah... that is INSANE
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm
    The best one yet!!!
    May 29th, 2012 @ 8:25 pm
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:32 am
    my art teacher HATED corner suns... XD
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:45 am
    Omg that is the but ever I've seen yet ! My god that was awesome :L
J Joseph
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:38 am
Sounds like fun! Count me in!
Tim Creed
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:05 am This is my incomplete lazy-version. I'll post the complete not-lazy-version in the forum in a few days.
    Tim Creed
    May 29th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
    This was actually made completely in After Effects. (I don't own a Photoshop program)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:37 am
    You know you can download 'Gimp' as a free image editor.
    Tim Creed
    May 30th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
    Thanks! I'll check it out.
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:11 am
I'm sorry for reposting, but I wanted to add a version without sam in addition to my comment above.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 1:23 pm
    NICE :)
    May 29th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
    Bloody amazing dude! Not suprised if it wins !
    May 29th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
    This is pretty awesome...
    May 29th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm
    Very, very nice work. Quite realistic looking!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:47 am
    This is pretty realistic ! gotta say nice try dude ! but just try putting in some alien stuff there , right now its lookin quite earth like , but awesome stuff dude
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:14 am
    I tried to mimic the general landscape as seen in the trailer and the movie stills here:

    and at the same time to make it as plain and simple as possible keeping out details that are in most of the cases in the foreground,while having the cyan tone and the dark sky requested.I tried adding some smoke-fog but it didn't turn out really well so i removed it...
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:59 am
    very good one!!!
    u are very skilled in design !!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
    One of the best! Good work. :-)
    June 11th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm
    I checked all the posted images here(if i didn't missed ones), and a think nearly you are the only one, who produced acceptable result. Your image is photorealistic, movie-looking, ready to color correct and recive more animated layers, and that rock has a real own world...I did not know about this competition until now, so if i make something, i have to make better that this, but honestly it does not have a sence, becouse its perfect...
    June 11th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
    I checked all the posted images here(if i didn't missed ones), and i think nearly you are the only one, who produced acceptable result. Your image is photorealistic, movie-looking, ready to color correct and recive more animated layers, and that rock has a real own world...I did not know about this competition until now, so if i make something, i have to make better that this, but honestly it does not have a sence, becouse its just perfect...
    June 11th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm
    and maybe this one..., but the rock and the glows make yours better...congratulations! ;)
    June 11th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm
    I checked all the posted images here(if i didn't missed ones), and i think nearly you are the only one, who produced acceptable result. Your image is photorealistic, movie-looking, ready to color correct and recive more animated layers, and that rock has a real own world...I did not know about this competition until now, so if i make something, i have to make better that this, but honestly it does not have a sence, becouse its just perfect...
    June 11th, 2012 @ 9:20 pm
    uhh, sorry my multiple posting, it was not appeared, and i reposted :S and later, appeared all :S
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
Can I enter several pictures or just one ?
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
Gerald Valilio
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:45 am
Hello World!
My turn:
    May 29th, 2012 @ 8:27 pm
    Love it.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
    Great stuff....Sam needs some DDT!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:40 am
    This is really funny :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:46 am
c'mon, let's be creative! :D
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
First Prize - Free Element Plug In for cs6! - he said hopefully.
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
May 29th, 2012 @ 12:51 pm
Here is mine, I included the psd file for parallax and make it easier to modify if you need to. Took 3.5 hours.
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
    Ariel Wollinger
    May 29th, 2012 @ 3:14 pm
    Nice, but the horizon is too high.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
    I think it looks great...
    September 6th, 2012 @ 9:56 pm
    congrats ur 1 got selected...
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
Does this need to be comp'd in AE with a camera so you can animate it? Or just a still frame beauty render? Working on my blocking now.
May 29th, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
alrite my first try ... :D
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm
Here's mine..(although I have to be honest...I really like what Marcos did...)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
    I like it! :-)
    June 8th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Hands down.
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm
Here is my rough version. I will be posting the final in a couple of days. Plus a couple of additional ones.
    May 29th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
    Here's my entry and it just took me 30 mins :D
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:42 pm
Do we get extra credits if we actually paint the matte painting? ;)
May 29th, 2012 @ 3:50 pm
My first set extension ever. Using Blender for arches and hills. Using AE for color correction and sky and moons.Using optical flares for flare. And using action essentials for smoke and mist.
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm
Do we get extra credits if we actually paint the matte painting? ;)
Tim Creed
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm
Excellent chance to put the skills you've taught us into practice. This is just a one frame matte though, right? No motion? Do you want us to take Sam out of it or not?
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
Hi everyone,Hes an effert cooked up with Vue and AE
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
    I like it!(:
May 29th, 2012 @ 4:47 pm
Sorry here's a "more Blue" version
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
    Even better!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:52 am
    OOh this is good man !
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
    I like this one, too. :-)
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:11 pm
did my best without HD textures...

if i find hd footage ill retry:
    Tim Creed
    May 29th, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
    Hey, all your links seem to be broken. (at least for me)
    May 29th, 2012 @ 10:27 pm
    i think its on privacy ... (try to upload it as you're cover photo and repost the link)
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
Final version #1. Everyone is doing such a great job!! Keep up the great work and may the best person WIN! I will be adding a bunch more, trying to outdo the last each time.
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:29 pm
im a novice at this stuf but eh, I did what I could,
    May 29th, 2012 @ 6:56 pm
    Sorry bro. Your link is still broken. I can post it for you on the back end of my website if you would like. It would show up like mine does.(Right above you) You would have to email me the pic. Reply if you would like to do this.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:33 am
    hey Vince.I cant access any of your trys. try uploading to a photo sharing site, your Facebook profile must be on privacy.
May 29th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
i hope this link work better, i posted 3 variations of the same model:
May 29th, 2012 @ 7:25 pm
Can we replace the building?
May 29th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm
After watching your attempts guys i know why i don't try it. I'm just too bad in matte painting.......But you guys are bad too
    May 29th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
    Wow kid! Troll much? If your not posting anything, we do not need to be enlightened by your ramblings. Go away.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:22 am
    Here,Here,Jack. What the hell is wrong with you.go away somewhere else.
May 29th, 2012 @ 8:18 pm
The more of these that are posted the more creativity comes out. Good work everyone. I probably won't have time to do another one this week so.... would someone try to do one where Sam is walking along on the desolate planet and there's a ghastly creature breaking out of the ground behind him. Emerging from under the crust with knarling teeth and Sam has no idea whats behind him.
May 29th, 2012 @ 8:18 pm
    May 31st, 2012 @ 3:31 am
    Either those are dog sized elephants (which would be AWESOME!) or Sam is a giant.
May 29th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
Nitin Rane
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

here is my video for matte painting :)
May 29th, 2012 @ 10:44 pm
Wow these are really good. I'm wondering though. Where does everyone find the background stock? It's hard to find good public domain mountain images ya know.
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm
m super excited for the new one....
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:20 pm
Haven't done matte painting in fvr but decided to see what i could do in a few hours.....
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:51 pm
We're on it boss! But first I must sleep ;)
May 29th, 2012 @ 11:56 pm
What I imagine creating is quite interesting but depends whether i will be able to actually make that look what i'm thinking it should look like :L , but hmm I imagine some aliens chasing sam and stuff and some burnt out planet and a big thing standing in the middle like an optimus prime robot or something which may be quite metallic and extra terrestrial hmm Definitely gotta try this thing :D may the best one be selected !
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:28 am
Hi guys !

Really nice idea to make your community participate !
Would like to see more initiative like this one in the future :D
Here's my own submission :

Hope you'll like it !

Thanks for all your great ressources and congrats from France !
    May 30th, 2012 @ 7:05 am
    Here is a new version with a space station made in Cinema 4D integrated in the landscape... Hope you'll like it ;)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 7:29 am
    THE BEST so far.
    My opinion :)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:28 am
    Very well!
    (Damn it!)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
    Congrats, Fremox. This is not only the best so far: it's almost exactly what I had in mind to do, so... I have to start again. My handicap is that I'm doing it 100% 3D, so it takes time. I hope I can do something as good as yours.

    Anyway, I guess the version without spaceship is the correct one, 'cause this will be part of a video with several different clips (I guess, insist). If you let there the ship, maybe then Andrew could need the same ship from different angles for other video shots. That's one of the reasons why I'm doing it enterely in 3D, btw.

    Andrew could have pretty much the same problem with the applied Optical Flares in your matte painting: he could need to animate this, so I think you should upload a version without Optical Flares too. That's only my theory, of course.

    Anyway, congrats again. Excellent work, man. And please, excuse my poor English.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
    Thanks a lot for the kind of word men !
    @CRoblex : Don't worry for the "poor english"... i'm french and mine seems to be worst than yours ;)
    I would have tried to give a more organic and surreal (alien) look to the whole piece if i had more time, but, as i'm a busy freelancer, i can't spend more time...
    I would have tried kind of different technics too : maybe with the Vue Xstream 3D software, which is by far the best program for creating realistic landscapes.
    Maybe for the next contest, who knows ?

    Fremox from France
    May 31st, 2012 @ 12:52 am
    OMG ! This is the best so far ! man you rock ! you created the thing which I was imagining ! Especially that space station you built in cinema 4d ! That was EPIC ! though i would just suggest one thin ie, give the whole thing a more bluish look , and remove those rocks and try to transform those trees into something nastier ! then yours would be the best matte ever dude ! :D
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:02 am
    I think you read my mind... I work with Vue xStreme, exactly. But I have not free time right now for continue with it, because I've just begin to work in a studio today (thanks to Andrew's tutorials, by the way). I hope finish one ir two versions before the deadline! Anyway, I will sleep much better knowing there's your work here, in case I can't do mine. Congrats again, french guy. Cheers from Barcelona! We're almost neighbours!
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
This is a great idea! I hope you like my versions

Here is my Dark Version

Here is the lighter version
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:50 am
Hi guys!

This is something that i came up with.
Hope you like it :D

Greetings from Finland!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:48 am
    I like the rock shelf idea. good one
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:52 am
Here's my contribution.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:11 am
    Nice job!
    May 31st, 2012 @ 4:13 pm
    Thank you!
May 30th, 2012 @ 2:39 am
Hope you like it.
Rodrigo cypriano
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:44 am
here´s my image guys Rodrigo From Brasil
May 30th, 2012 @ 5:12 am
I dont think mine posted. I am not good at this stuff but thought id give it a shot.
Andrew Degryse
May 30th, 2012 @ 5:20 am
    Eric Kirk
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:35 am
    Hey, I like the approach you used with the crevices, while still maintaining the foreground. Very good. Will be working on mine tonight.
    Andrew Degryse
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
    Thanks Eric, i will check back for yours! :)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm
    Good work! I like it. :-)
    Andrew Degryse
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:32 pm
    Thanks, Zoffl!! :)
    I like those tree like structures in yours. Really cool and creepy lookin' !!!!
    June 6th, 2012 @ 12:09 pm
    sweet! looks awesome Andrew D.
May 30th, 2012 @ 6:08 am
Here is a second version with a space station made in Cinema 4D integrated in my older landscape...
(see older comments to see the version without it)

It looks much like an intergalactic landscape now ! Hope you'll like it ;)
    Eric Kirk
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:36 am
    Another nice one. I actually like your space station since I happen to be working on a space movie myself.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:15 pm
    Outstanding !!!!
M Kremers
May 30th, 2012 @ 8:48 am
There are some pretty cool ones here already.

Here's my attempt. Let me know what you people think. :)" rel="nofollow">image
May 30th, 2012 @ 9:50 am
since andrew is not announcing anything regarding elements 3d. i decided to leak some information :P
here is my take at the challenge..
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:21 pm
    Good job with the lava and glow effect
Nitin Rane
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:15 am
goooooooooooooooooooooooood idea
Bader Nana
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:23 am
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:29 am
I felt my entry missed a little mountains on the right side of the image, ;) so, decided to ad them. Maybe i'll tweak a little bit more, but this is it for now
Boom ROom
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
i hope you like it :)
    May 30th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm
    wow...thats impressive
    M Kremers
    May 30th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
    Is that the District 9 UFO? :P
    Boom ROom
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
    Boom ROom
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
    thank's guys =D
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:23 pm
    Another Outstanding composition !!!!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:43 pm
    Wow ! Seems to be the best one !
    Really fantastic and epic ! We feel very well the sci-fi mood of your image ; the ship is really well integrated and light gives the whole composition a very strange atmosphere feeling !
    Congrats man !
    May 31st, 2012 @ 1:00 am
    OOOhh that was AWESOME ! comparable to fremox's one !
    Boom ROom
    May 31st, 2012 @ 5:33 am
    here is the video :P
    Boom ROom
    May 31st, 2012 @ 5:33 am
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:14 am
    Good work, man. I used the same ship in one clip of my reel, he, he. I'm not sure if this is what Andrew needs exactly, but this is a nice piece of work anyway. Congrats.
    Boom ROom
    June 1st, 2012 @ 2:21 pm
    thank's Bother ^^
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:00 am
Wow there's some really good work on here, a little intimidating infact, but I'll have a stab
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:11 am
wow .. nice work guys .. now I feel like I'm out f ideas hahahaha ...
    Boom ROom
    May 30th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
    hahahaa...Try some
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:37 am
Here is mine :) spent 10 mins on it :D
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:39 am
    y do flying car need roads
May 30th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm
First attempt at doing a matte painting and I wanted to keep it simple and close to the guidelines. Probably gonna work on a few more concepts as well!
May 30th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

Thanks for your comment (Waouh It's difficult to write in american)

If you want I have others videos in my website , and I Love Video Copilot !

This is my Website:

and this is my first WebSerie :

I know that this ep01 is in french , but it's an idea of I can make (Sorry I'am French)

Thank you Andrew for your website !
    May 31st, 2012 @ 1:03 am
    haha you're welcome :D
May 30th, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
Buenoooo . vamo arriba !!!
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
Hi, this is my attempt. I was tempted to add some dust or a flare, but than i remember it should be only a background for something... ;-)
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm
here is mine, cropped version, 15% more is done.
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:49 pm
    best I've seen yet. really nicely done!
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:41 pm
    Right, this one is really cool ; i love the form of the rocky elements on the left side of the compositions... The only things than disturbs me is that all the ground elements (rocks and mountains) looks very blurry, too much in fact in comparison with the initial DOF seen on the ground...
    But a really good one for sure !
    May 31st, 2012 @ 12:07 am
    Thanks a lot, I tried to match the dof of the original plate but I certainely make it too hard. I added some atmospheric effects like fog and myst and those things contribute to the blurry effect. Anyway, I did that in 3 hours so if mr Kramer like mine, I'll do it better for final use.
Matte Painting
May 30th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
Hi there
what's up guys
this is what I came up with

I made it quickly using PS and I restricted with the directions that Mr.Andrew gave
hop you like it...
May 30th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
Australia here :) , thought I'd give this a try:

Sorry for the long link. Also here is a yousendit link
with the PSD and original photos used:

HOpe u Like it. Thanks!

    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm
    Awesome one man !
    I can feel the mood of it, your image looks very realistic ! Maybe the most realistic of all the submissions for the moment...
    You could add a little bit of "alien" look in adding strange elements or in giving a weird form to the ground or/and mountains, don't you !
    I would make your submission more "fantasy" and "alien"... I guess that's what Andrew wanted to obtain with this contest...
    Anyway, keep the good stuff and congrats from France !
    Joel BB
    June 10th, 2012 @ 2:30 am
    Nice job
Ronnie Finger
May 30th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm
This is what I came up with in an hour or two...

What do you think?
Tim Creed
May 30th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm This is my best version. Hope it's good enough!
    May 31st, 2012 @ 2:33 am
    Nice abstract work, i like it's flavour.
    TIm Creed
    May 31st, 2012 @ 8:55 am
    Thanks so much. =)
    Tim Creed
    June 1st, 2012 @ 10:32 am
    This was made completely in After Effects by the way.
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
Hi Guys.Glad to see everyone enjoying this little exercise:)
I thought I'd attempt one keeping in the spirit of Prometheus...(Which i cant wait to see by the way:)

(Desert Hue)

(blue Hue)
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm
Heres my attempt:
tell me what you guys think
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
First time I ever tried matte painting. I like it. It's very interesting.
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:38 pm
Great idea VC folks!
I'll start whenever I have a bit of free time :P
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:42 pm
BTW the plate looks awesome!! I love it
May 30th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm
this is my attempt

first matte painting...its way to simple, but i think its cool.

Done in AE CS5.5
May 30th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
Yes Sir, I just saw the link and am gonna see what i got under my black box.stay tuned.
May 30th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
Bryan Smith
May 30th, 2012 @ 6:39 pm
Whoo, well, I'm gonna lose. But anyway, here's my submission:

Tried to give it more of a cosmic sort of feel. Hope it wins (eh heh heh heh -_- )
Lucas Rios
May 30th, 2012 @ 6:55 pm
May 30th, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
May 30th, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

First try. I LOOOVE some of the efforts on here, and I'm definitely going to take a second/third/fourth swing at this, so comment, babies!!
May 30th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm
Rough concept sketch for mood lighting and composition.
I'll keep working on it with photo elements and probably some CG spaceship!

    Aaron Lochert
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:33 pm
    Amazing one ! I really want to see it in high res with photos instead of paint !
    I guess that, as your talking of "concept sketch", "mood lighting" and "composition", it's your everyday job right ? I mean, you should be a professional illustrator or even a matte painter, don't you ?
    Anyway, really impressive and inspiring work...
    Congrats from France man !
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:56 pm
    it's amazing maybe one of the best so far but we need a bigger resolution
    May 31st, 2012 @ 2:30 am
    I think it's number 1!
    May 31st, 2012 @ 9:18 am
    Thank you very much for your comments!
    I don't think is the best, not even close did you see those posted in the forums? they look so good!!
    I do work in the CG and VFX industry as a junior CG generalist (started working not so long ago) and I must say that if today I am working here, is because couple years ago I discovered one cool website called Video Copilot that opened the gates of the amazing world of VFX to me :)
    I'll be working on the hi-Res version with photo elements! (hope I won't screw it up) XD
Aaron Lochert
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:12 pm
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm
Gave it another shot
I think the scale seems larger in this one.
May 31st, 2012 @ 1:33 am
Guys! Some of you have made awesome matte paintings here, but i just wanted to point out that it's only the part above the horizon that is supposed to be replaced. Not sure about the spaceships either. Unless you have a CG model of it, it will be hard to animate.

Anyway, just wanted to point out this so you don't waste your time.

Keep it up!
    May 31st, 2012 @ 2:40 am
    Yes, but foreground is important too. That gives a depth to the image.
    May 31st, 2012 @ 6:25 am
    "I’d like to keep the blue tones for the foreground" only the blue tones ?
    May 31st, 2012 @ 7:50 am
    Yes, but you realise this is meant to be a matt painting to be used by Andrew as a background to an animation so the whole foreground will be shot video with fx. So lens flares, spaceships etc will be added if needed but I think they just need a clean background to comp over.
    May 31st, 2012 @ 8:42 am
    Exactly, I was going to post the same thing yesterday. It's important to stay above the horizon or it will be hard to use it.
WarCry Studios
May 31st, 2012 @ 1:59 am
Here is my 5-minute composite. I did it at work so and I did it fast so don't expect something epic.
May 31st, 2012 @ 2:20 am
Here's my entry, thanks for the opportunity!
May 31st, 2012 @ 3:48 am
where are my comments??:( i posted two comments in here on may 30th, the may 31st comments are being published but i cant see mine!:(
Boom ROom
May 31st, 2012 @ 4:23 am
Hi :P
here is the video
and here is the picture :P
. . . . i hope you like :)
Leandro Rangel
May 31st, 2012 @ 5:06 am
This in Photoshop only (didn't had AF to do some more elaborate work :) )
Anyway hope you like it!
May 31st, 2012 @ 5:09 am
Here's two versions of my first draft. Not sure if I'll have time to actually finish it though so I'll post what I have so far. Lot's of lighting issues and ugly edges but it'll have to do for now :-)
This one is a bit more dramatic in terms of lighting and colors. All smoke/haze/mist is from Action Essentials V2 ie they can easily be replaced in a comp with live footage. The mysterious light source behind the mountains is a still from Optical Flare so that can be replaced with a nice pulsating light source as well. I added a protruding rock in the left side of the frame to give a little bit of vignetting. The tracks in the foreground are only there to add a little bit of life to it. Obviously has to go in final comp...

Here's an earlier version I did with a very monochromatic look to tie in with the blue tones of the original footage. Also no kind hiding with smoke and haze on this one:
    June 1st, 2012 @ 3:35 am
    Very nice, I think I like the 2nd one better :),
    love the weird broken pointy rocks
May 31st, 2012 @ 5:59 am
posted my art on the forum.
Here's a link for it here too.
Scroll down past all the Hebrew ;)

Have a great weekend.
    BooM ROoM
    May 31st, 2012 @ 9:19 am
    Greaaaaaaaaat the best one
Lucas Rios
May 31st, 2012 @ 6:46 am
Hey, I posted my Pic like 12 hours ago- Why wasn't it published?

Here it is again:
May 31st, 2012 @ 7:29 am
    M Kremers
    May 31st, 2012 @ 9:14 am
    This is nice. Good rock formation in the middle. I would flip it though, since the lighting comes from the other side.
    May 31st, 2012 @ 10:02 am
    Fixed, thanks man! Didnt see that. Cheers.
May 31st, 2012 @ 7:46 am

Thank you :D I knew that this site existed, because I make movies for 6 years now and we are going to say that it is thanks to Andrew Kramer that I was able to evolve. I have make others tests, as this one where I have to add opticals flares , a fighter and a colorimetric correction, Tell me what you think of it ;)
(it's difficult to write in english , sorry again)
May 31st, 2012 @ 8:20 am
Hasan Halai
May 31st, 2012 @ 10:01 am
I know it's not that great but then again I am only 14 years old so I decided to give it a try anyway.
    June 1st, 2012 @ 3:37 am
    Dude don't sweat it! When I was 14 I only just started to learn basic drawing. For someone your age this is pretty awesome!
    Hasan Halai
    June 1st, 2012 @ 8:17 am
    Thanks man, appreciate it!
May 31st, 2012 @ 10:45 am
I'm kind of new at Photoshop but I have to say that it's quite fun.
Here is my attempt, hope you like it:

And I invite anybody to check out my latest shortfilm in which I used AE of course and for the first time a Canon 5D:
May 31st, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
Even if it`s not good I had a lot of fun doing it so thank you!!
May 31st, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
Alright guys, here are my first two iterations for this challenge.

Version 1:

Version 2:

And the article on my site where new versions will appear:

I may add more little details, but for now I am liking where it is going. Hope you enjoy!
May 31st, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

These have some minor variations.I couldn't decide.

May 31st, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
I know this location! It's South Campus Center Drive in Playa Vista in Los Angeles. I have a friend who had an art studio in the old Howard Hughes cockpit hangar, and was fortunate to be on set for Transformers 1 in the sound stage there.
Pierre Schiller
May 31st, 2012 @ 4:41 pm
Here´s my entry. I´m thinking about color grade it more. I was picturing Sam running towards this ancient ruin code on the floor, while galactic storm was unleashing...U know...good stuff.. C/c welcome:
May 31st, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

Here is the link to my entry. I tried to go for a barren moon look lol
    June 1st, 2012 @ 12:27 am
    Wow! that's simple but awesome!
    The fact that the BG gets darker makes it look creepy! I love it
May 31st, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Here is my try;
I hope you will enjoy it.
May 31st, 2012 @ 8:13 pm
Wow! I hope I have enough free time to contribute. Awesome initiative! Could you please incorporate slow flying manta rays in the dark skies above Sam? Please please please... :p
Robert Donnelly
May 31st, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:31 am
Sorry here's one at full 1080p not scaled down by stupid photobucket...
June 1st, 2012 @ 2:48 am
Tolga Demirbilek
June 1st, 2012 @ 3:28 am
June 1st, 2012 @ 3:54 am
this is my entry
...hope it looks ok for a starter.
i tried to use some optical flares. please tell me how it is!
June 1st, 2012 @ 4:08 am
Ok, here's my 2 cents..
I wish I had all the time in the world to work on these kind of projects. This world,. or the next for that matter,.

Greetings from the Netherlands ;-)
    Hasan Halai
    June 1st, 2012 @ 8:20 am
    May I give a suggestion? Well me myself couldn't do have as good as you but I advise you to take out those to 2 3d elements. The red and yellow plant, It doesn't suit the shot. The rest is #1 :)
    Eric Kirk
    June 1st, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
    Wow, that is fantastic!
June 1st, 2012 @ 4:08 am
Here's my effort, tried to stick to the brief but any constructive criticism welcome!

Greetings from Manchester, UK :0)
June 1st, 2012 @ 6:08 am
Here is 1st one if i get some free time going to knock another one out before the 15th.
June 1st, 2012 @ 7:25 am
Hi, This is my MattPainting:

Brett Perry
June 1st, 2012 @ 8:16 am
Here's the link to my entry,
Sam walks across a desolate plane on an alien planet. he's walking away from some destruction, probably that he caused - you can see the orange glow of the fire from the right reflected on the ground and on the cloud bottoms. The whole scene is viewed looking out from the mouth of a cave. This was a lot of fun. Can we blow Sam up in a future colaboration?!
Steven Majek
June 1st, 2012 @ 8:41 am
June 1st, 2012 @ 9:04 am
my try, watch till the end
June 1st, 2012 @ 9:53 am
June 1st, 2012 @ 10:20 am
here's my link:\Matte_Painting_IG.jpg

June 1st, 2012 @ 10:44 am
Andrew Degryse
June 1st, 2012 @ 11:27 am
Hey Guys,
Here is my second Matte Painting.

After seeing some of these paintings I had to try again and step up my game!!
There are some great matte paintings here guys. Very Awesome Work!!!! :D :D
    June 1st, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
    VERY nice!
    June 6th, 2012 @ 8:21 am
    Nice job.
Daniel Kyle
June 1st, 2012 @ 11:45 am
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
Here is my link, it took only about 15 minutes, using only After Effects.
    Sam Dhami
    June 1st, 2012 @ 8:42 pm
    Why did I even submit after this one. lol GREAT JOB
Eric Kirk
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

Hope you enjoy. I see I am not the only one to add water. Use Psunami for the water. I have a still image as well as a moving one.

Lots of fine work here.

Eric Kirk
Kirk Productions
mathieu chaillous
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
My turn to give it a try. This is my first matte painting, since it is a landscape I thought this would be easier than a city. here it is:
June 1st, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
Here is link to my first matte painthing. I hope you like it :)
Iverson Chan
June 1st, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
Chris McEvoy
June 1st, 2012 @ 3:50 pm
Just finished watch Prometheus, was an alright film, following the brief and making the image as easy to work with in After effects here is mine

or here:[/IMG]
June 1st, 2012 @ 7:05 pm
Hey Andrew!

Here is my link for this challenge! I really hope that I have respected the theme! I take this opportunity to support Video Copilot from France!

Sam Dhami
June 1st, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
Here is my Matte_Painting submission. Thanks for all you do Andrew Kramer. You bring the Special in Special Effects :).
June 1st, 2012 @ 8:53 pm
Este es mi Matte Painting
My Matte Painting
Abhinav Rajput
June 1st, 2012 @ 10:35 pm
Video Copilot is Awesome, here is my entry
June 2nd, 2012 @ 2:08 am
This is my test. I tried to limit the use of smoke and other moving stuff to make it easy for andrew to animate the shot. Hope you like it.
June 2nd, 2012 @ 3:47 am
What a fun contest; thanks for the opportunity. Here is my entry, comments and criticisms are welcome... as long as they're constructive, haha.
June 2nd, 2012 @ 6:33 am
Lots of good paintings out there.

Decide to join the party as well, so here's it is:

Haven't done much, just the idea. And instead use some real footages as most are doing I've decided to make my own using C4D.


Files packed with 7zip.

File Check (sfv)
June 2nd, 2012 @ 8:42 am
Hi everybody this my Alien landscape
1-with somthing special :

2-my landscape :
Hope you Like
    June 2nd, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
    I like this wow remind me of my fav manga ^^
Astro Zero
June 2nd, 2012 @ 8:44 am
Wow this is EPIC dude
June 2nd, 2012 @ 8:49 am
Hi everybody this my Alien landscape
1- with a special thing XD :

2-landscape :

Hope you Like
Chris McEvoy
June 2nd, 2012 @ 10:02 am
like others have said based on dates my entry seems to have vanished, some great ones so far. Heres mine, I like to keep things simple so effects like Lensflare can be added later.
June 2nd, 2012 @ 11:27 am
Here is my try, PS and AE used,(matching the blur was..uhhh).
I wanted to give it a very unique atmosphere,
(this is not technically awesome, but i think it's enough to appreciate it).
BTW, sorry for my bad english (still learning).

Good luck for everyone!
June 2nd, 2012 @ 12:59 pm
Alright so Here's my attempt:

ALSO I added Andrew's face... because I could.
June 2nd, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
Here is mine :) I hope you'll like this
    PKNM Rea
    June 6th, 2012 @ 10:41 am
    I Like this one ! Good Job :)
June 2nd, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
June 2nd, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
How do I put the link to my finished work to the bea andrew?
June 2nd, 2012 @ 6:22 pm
Here is my matte painting
June 2nd, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
hey the here's my attempt
the project file is included so if you use please link back ... good luck to everyone who is putting in alot of effort..
June 2nd, 2012 @ 10:45 pm
Okay, here's my attempt.(That's what everybody's saying anyway)

And yes, I used the mountain thingies from Andrew's 3D compositing tutorial, because I'm too lazy to find my own footage :P

Any suggestions to make this better would be greatly appreciated :)
M Kremers
June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:11 am
Saw Prometheus last Friday. I think this one matches the setting better. Still not 100% happy with it, but hey... gotta keep trying.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:15 am
Greetings earthlings!
This is my first matte painting ever!It took a while.
I hope you like it. Thanks to Andrew Kramer for teaching us this great stuff. greets from germany
June 3rd, 2012 @ 7:52 am
Here is anther one of the same just changed up the color some...
love the work everyone looking great!
    June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:24 pm
    ,..this is a good one!
    Daniel Kyle
    June 6th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm
    Thanks! :)
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:37 am
Here's my version of the landscape!
What do you guys think?
Eric Kirk
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:16 am
I posted mine two days ago and it still shows in moderation so trying again.
Hope you enjoy. I see I am not the only one to add water. Used Psunami for the water. I have a still image as well as a moving one.
Lots of fine work here.
Eric Kirk
Kirk Productions
June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:51 am
and this is my idea :-)
June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:58 am
This is what I come up with:
    June 4th, 2012 @ 8:59 pm
    DUDE! This is AWESOME! Be sure to post it in the forum section though so it'll get the right notification.
    kick ass job!
    June 8th, 2012 @ 6:02 pm
    yes, this looks real good
June 3rd, 2012 @ 4:01 pm
Here is my attempt. I used the Vasquez rocks near Los Angeles. They have been used in many sci fi movies and commercials.

Edwin mundo
June 3rd, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
i went back and made some changes
June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:26 pm
What a fun contest; thanks for the opportunity. Here is my entry, comments and criticisms are welcome… as long as they’re constructive, haha.

I apologize if I double post... My comment doesn't seem to be showing up.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:34 pm
Day or night shot? (Just so that I don't get that "Your comment is too short. We are trying to encourage meaningful discussions..." note.)
Chris McEvoy
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:56 am
I posted a few days ago but it still shows in moderation so trying again. This time using a diffrent host, hope you like it:
June 4th, 2012 @ 6:26 am
Why no one like my work --always--Forever Alone---
June 4th, 2012 @ 7:17 am
Great challange!Here is my attempt.
I hope You like it Andrew.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 11:32 am
    Hey! Nice try there! Looks good.
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
Great challange!Here is my attempt.
Markus Mueller
June 5th, 2012 @ 5:01 am
Hey, that's my idea. Unfortunately I dont have more time to spend on the matte painting, but thanks for the great challenge - it was great fun!

Cheers, Markus
June 5th, 2012 @ 10:59 am
Figured I'd give it a shot:
June 5th, 2012 @ 11:54 am
here's the link to my entry! i already uploaded it to the forum challenge, although its been giving me some trouble.
Juan Pablo
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
"Replace everything above the horizon like sky and mountains of a desolate planet"

so he will use the picture as a background and put Sam back in. so adding Sam in your picture doesn't help him out...
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
very cool nice work tryed hard
Wow this is EPIC dude
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
Guess i'll try to make another one...
Steve Anderson
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
Keepin it simple...
    Steve Anderson
    June 6th, 2012 @ 7:54 am
    You can't create a matte painting for VCP without adding one important element...
Nicolas Caboche
June 5th, 2012 @ 3:20 pm
Hey this is my attempt. See ya!
June 5th, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
Here is the link to my matte painthing. I hope you like it.
    June 9th, 2012 @ 2:15 am
    oops i mean painting....
Trey Moya
June 5th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
This is a great challenge! Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to your work. I saw your new blog posting (Planet Matte Paintings) with your take on what the style of video is going to look like so I tried to keep mine very similar for consistency.

Here is one without the foreground elements in case you planned on adding in your own!
June 5th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm
I cant wait till copilot has more Challenges... These are great for people motivation..
June 5th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
I haven't checked all paintings but most of them, and there are really good ones.
Maybe someone likes mine... but I have to say, I am new to this technique.

So thats mine:

June 5th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
I already shared this in the other thread. But just wanted to make sure it was in the right place.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm
    sorry for the double posts. My browser is being stupid.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
    look good mate!
June 5th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
Hello there!

Sorry i posted this in the wrong thread i guess...

Here’s my version :)
June 5th, 2012 @ 7:24 pm
OMG ! i can't believe my eyes, ''The Great Andrew Kramer'' will be using one of our contributions in his ''Great'' project ! that would be an honor to be credited in some of his ''Great'' works, even it would be amazing to be mentioned in VIDEOCOPILOT
OHHH Master Andrew here is my contribution :
It's my first attempt ever in matte painting so any comments & suggestions are totally welcomed ;)
June 6th, 2012 @ 12:24 am
lol i did mines :) with aliens check it out :)

ok ok, not what you expected but for andrew i took my time in ms pait cuz for somereason my photoshop and after effects not working :( but here ya go MS PAINT!
June 6th, 2012 @ 5:04 am
Here my version!

/LOVE this competition!

More of these please! =)
Tom Nowakowski
June 6th, 2012 @ 5:54 am
Great idea :)
I can see loads of awesome wokrs made by you guys!
Here is my invention :)
June 6th, 2012 @ 6:48 am
Hey Andrew
Great idea!!!
Hope in the future you do more of this,giving people chance to show what they learn from your tutorials!!!
June 6th, 2012 @ 9:02 am
Loving this contest idea! The community gets to give something back :)

Here's my contribution:

Thanks for all the training Andrew!


- Adam
    June 6th, 2012 @ 9:05 am
    Forgot to mention that this was created entirely in AE.
June 6th, 2012 @ 9:29 am
Here's mine.
HD version can be obtained at
    June 6th, 2012 @ 3:44 pm
    TIP! I left out any dynamic elements like flares, smoke or fire because these elements should eventually move. It's not practical in a Matte Painting to have these elements baked in...
June 6th, 2012 @ 9:55 am
Here is my work. I tried something simple, in two variants.

Full cyan:

Red sun:

I hope you'll like it.
June 6th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

Here is my try!

I've learnt a lot working on this I might try again before the competition ends.
June 6th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
June 6th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
    June 6th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
    You've just ripped a screenshot from the Prometheus trailer and slapped the foreground on top.
June 6th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm
Hi guys ! nice paintings there, keep the spirit of challenge and have fun
Here is my 2nd TryOut :
Hope you like it ;)
June 6th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm
Here is the image, I'm not that great in matte painting, but I've done my best!
Lynton Brown
June 6th, 2012 @ 7:29 pm
I'm not a matte painter but this is a real world photo I took that could possibly be made into something.
Kevin R. L.
June 6th, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

size is a little big. cropped 4k

there is a lot of great work done on this site. and those who have taken this challenge.... as fare as me doing another matte painting after this i'll just leave it to the PROs
ravi rajput
June 7th, 2012 @ 12:17 am
Please follow the link (my entry)....
June 7th, 2012 @ 1:48 am
I wanted to create a weird sun like thing about 100 times smaller than earth which has landed on the earth ( right next to sam lol ) which defies all laws of the gravity made till date , its a weird magnet like planet which will be pulling up all the metallic objects on earth hence i wanted to show cars and ships and stuff floating in the air because that object has initiated a weird balance in the pull of the gravity so nothing is going on normal everything metallic is floating up in the air , even the rocks and stuff also apart from magnetic properties it will have an ability to pull up water , hence those trees can actually be transformed into a tsunami like thing ! sheer destruction ! oh yeah :D but then since it is matte painting you may have to animate those :L But anyway Just an Idea , If you like it just ask me I'll create what i'm thinking in give it to you so that you can do the rest of the job , I Didn't do it cause you've not filmed the entire sequence according to me so that would be a waste , Anyway folks Hows the idea huh ?
    June 14th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
    If u wanna make it, then design one. And u said that "I Didn’t do it cause you’ve not filmed the entire sequence according to me so that would be a waste"... pity on you... Go and see the forum, how many submissions were there till 7th june..... Stop talking and start doing!
June 7th, 2012 @ 3:07 am
Here ya go guys... Hope you notice it :)
Ra Coronel
June 7th, 2012 @ 6:04 am
Hi guys , here s my entry
June 7th, 2012 @ 6:05 am
What a challenge! I've seen many great matte paintings so far. Poor Andrew will have to make some tough decisions. :D

Here's my attempt:

(I also posted this in the forum)
June 7th, 2012 @ 7:29 am
June 7th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
Here is my 3rd Shot ;)
June 7th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
Here's mine:

I made it with some images I found in the project file of the "3D Set extentions" tutorial. :)
June 7th, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
Cool Challenge! Love the site and products!
    June 7th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
    I really like this one!
June 7th, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
Hi, Here is my first try,... . Lol and i am not the first one who wrote exactly that sentence haha. Hope you like it:
June 7th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm
Here's my attempt.

There is some great inspiration coming from this site!

June 7th, 2012 @ 4:31 pm
and here's mine :)
hope you like it, it's been plenty of fun.
June 7th, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
Believe it or not, i made this Matte Painting entirely in After Effects :)
    June 7th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
    See you later fox !
June 7th, 2012 @ 8:28 pm
guaao adrew te respeto como mente creativa y eres un ejemplo a seguir desde Venezuela te mando mi diseño gracias por verla....

I respect you as handsome andrew creative mind and you are a role model from Venezuela I send my design to see it thanks....
Jorge Martínez
June 7th, 2012 @ 10:39 pm
June 8th, 2012 @ 7:06 am
Hello guys!
I saw some entries until now, all this pretty awesome!
Maybe my entry is not so good, but I decided to increase the work making a video for that.

I'm 20 years old and my birthday is June, 20.
I'll be very, very happy if my entry was selected (or help Video Copilot with something).
This is gonna be my BIGGEST gift birthday.

Thank you Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot for this challenging opportunity!

Anderson D. J. Rohr


June 8th, 2012 @ 9:19 am
Okay, so finally, here is my entry :

I have all the layers in the .psd file that you can download here :

There's two version, one with every single layer I've used, and another one optimized for a 2.5D matte painting.
June 8th, 2012 @ 11:54 am
Timothy Santana
June 8th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm
Wow I'm late! Well I hope you take a liking to this...

...And thanks again for everything you and your team do for us! And for now allowing us the chance to be apart of the Magic that is Film and Videocopilot!

Now to go eat everything in the kitchen till my phone chimes, letting me know that I have received an Email from the one and only Mr. K!!!

(Looking back and forth) ... or not...
June 8th, 2012 @ 9:22 pm
Not for this challenge, but a couple months ago I made this for a Student Film Festival, all created in a week. The mattes were mostly a small model we made and photographed, with some compositing.

Also I know a lot of the shots in Moon were based on miniatures. A bit beside the point, but still an interesting approach! And now I'm working on a feature length. Here's one tiny shot, enjoy!
JPM Design
June 9th, 2012 @ 4:12 am
hi, here a 2 versions of my mattepainting. best regards from germany :)