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.

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

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?  My location is your location! Since 2010 I've been operating as a remote freelancer, telecommuting around the globe from my home studio in Virginia.  Though I love to travel to work on site when the project requires!


FEATURE FILMS.  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.  The Get Down (S. 1, Ep. 1), Looking (Illustration, S.2), 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 (Epi. 1, 2), Qatar TV “The Life” series

COMMERCIALS.  San Manuel Casino "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”, 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”, and “CSAR", Jameson Irish Whiskey “Fire”, Boost Mobile “Grocery”, Cadillac “News", AT&T “Parkour: Friends", “Parkour: Around the House”, and “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.  Activision Skylanders: “Just Like SWAP Force”, Activision Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure "Menace”, Sony “Starhawk E3 Trailer”, Trion World Network “End of Nations”, LucasArts "Star Wars: 1313", Treyarch “007: Quantum of Solace”, “Midway Games “BlackSite: Area 51”, Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin, Dark Side of the Moon

PRINT / ILLUSTRATION. Looking (TV show, Season 2), Downy Fabric Softener “Chloe” (Print), Planters “Go-Tivation Station” (Website)

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”



The Mill | New York, NY / Chicago, IL
MPC | New York, NY
Brand New School | New York, NY
Pixomondo | Burbank, CA / Santa Monica, CA
Buck | New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA
Digital Domain | Venice, CA
Zoic Studios | Culver City, CA
Gentleman Scholar | Los Angeles, CA
Luma Pictures | Santa Monica, CA
Imaginary Forces | Hollywood, CA / New York, NY
Psyop | Venice, CA
Method Studios | Santa Monica, CA
Motion Theory | Venice, CA
Rhythm & Hues Studios | Los Angeles, CA
NOMINT | London, UK
The Artery | New York, NY
RIOT | Santa Monica, CA
Light of Day VFX | New York, NY
Digital Tutors | Oklahoma City, OK
ODD | New York, NY
Breakiron Animation & Design | Raleigh, NC
Spontaneous | New York, NY
Laundry! | Los Angeles, CA
PandaPanther | New York,
Abandon Films | Lynchburg, VA
Stinkdigital | New York, NY
Shilo | La Jolla, CA
Public Visual Effects | Venice, CA
Farmer Brown | Venice, CA
Asylum Visual Effects | Santa Monica, CA
LLP Digital | Los Angeles, CA