TIM MATNEY is a Digital Matte Painter and veteran Visual Effects Artist, whose work has appeared in many feature films, TV shows, commercials and games.  He began his career as a 3D Generalist in computer games, then transitioned to feature films, where he discovered Matte Painting and his affinity for it.  He found his skills as a CG Generalist, eye for color and detail, and ability to paint/manipulate in Photoshop made for a natural progression into Digital Matte Painting.

WHAT I DO.  Digital Matte Painting: complete environments, set extension, set enhancement, set replacement, virtual sets and locations, and 2.5D camera projection.  Compositing: camera projection, live action, 3D, green screen, camera tracking, paint and rotoscoping.  3D: modeling, texturing, shading, lighting and rendering.  Concepts.  Illustration.  Photo Editing.

LOCATION.  My location is your location! Since 2010 I've been operating as a remote freelancer, telecommuting around the globe from my home studio, now based in Atlanta.  Though I love to travel to work on site when the project requires!

THE TOOLS.  Adobe Photoshop, The Foundry NUKE, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Brain + Eyes + Hands.


FEATURE FILMS.  A-X-L, Wonder Wheel, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Golden Compass, Hairspray, Underworld: Evolution, Night at the Museum, The Cave, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

TV / BROADCAST.  Sleepy Hollow (S. 4, Ep. 5, 10), The Get Down (S. 1, Ep. 1), Game of Thrones (S. 6) "Targaryen Battle Banner" teaser, Looking (S.2) set posters, Da Vinci's Demons (S. 1, Ep. 1, 2), Boardwalk Empire (Previs, S. 3), Fringe (S. 1, Ep. 19, 20), The Storm (Ep. 1, 2), Meteor (Ep. 1, 2), Qatar TV “The Life” series

COMMERCIALS.  Nexium 24HR "Lucy's Pizza", ExxonMobil "America's Energy", Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton "Masters II", Knack II PS4 "Moves", "Speech", Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto "New Flavors", Clash Royale "Tour", "Bridges", "Rocking Chair", San Manuel Casino "You’ve Arrived", "Red", New York Lottery “Golden Ticket”, Blinds to Go “Yoga Man”, Lincoln MKZ “A Closer Look”, VISA “It Is”, New Jersey Lottery “Mega Millions ", Deuses de Dois Mundos (Book Trailer), Roanoke Regional Airport “Around the Corner”, CTIA "Economy", "Environment", and "Cities", Sonicare “Stick With Technology”, Subway “Any-tober”, Fruit Snacks “Big Smack” and “Pool Boy”,  Keebler “Uncommonly Good”, Farmers Insurance “Hailstone” and “Maze”, Mercedes-Benz “Built”, Newport Beach Film Festival “Drama”, Activision Skylanders: “Just Like SWAP Force”, Activision Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure "Menace”, Sony “Starhawk E3 Trailer”, Trion World Network “End of Nations”, Nike “LeBron Rise”, OnStar “Launch", Intuit “Taylor’s Hats”, ”Karl’s Pampered Pets”, and “Cupcakes by Clare”, Boost Mobile "Giant Grocery Store Manager", U. S. Air Force “UAS”, “Space Command”, “CSAR", Jameson Irish Whiskey “Fire”, Boost Mobile “Grocery”, Cadillac “News", Treyarch “007: Quantum of Solace”, Midway Games “BlackSite: Area 51”, AT&T “Parkour: Friends",  “Parkour: Around the House”, “Parkour: Movement”, Hidden Valley Ranch “Neighborhood”, Expedia “Fare Alerts”, “Giant Calendar”, and “Virtual Tours”, Michelin "Workshop", Kawasaki "Ninja: Going Home", Mattress Firm "It Happened Overnight", Barcel "Takis", College Foundation of North Carolina "Tuition”, “Planning”, and “Applying”, SAS Institute "Flood", "Harvest"

GAMES.  20,000 Leagues: The Adventure Continues (unreleased), Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin, Dark Side of the Moon

PRINT / ILLUSTRATION.  Phoenix 2017 Tour (stage backdrop), Samsung "Introduction to Virtual Reality" (web/VR image), Downy Fabric Softener “Chloe” (print), Planters “Go-Tivation Station” (web), LucasArts "Star Wars: 1313" (concepts)

PUBLICATION.  3D Artist (# 63) “The World of Digital Matte Painting”, Advanced Photoshop (# 115) “Expert Matte Painting”

TUTORIALS.  Digitaltutors.com “Creating Time Period Matte Paintings in Photoshop”



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