There are many iconic subjects that depict the art of matte paintings. Probably a castle or fortress on the top of a hill could be the most popular. Apart from other all time matte subjects, the jumping of a huge spectacular chasm has been without a doubt one of the frequent topic under request for matte painters.
We’ve seen people jumping gorges since the silent era. That’s a small overview of some of those great exciting moments of magic on the screen.
1929 Tide of empire MGM.
Warren Newcombe was working at MGM matte department since 1925, I guess he must be involved on that shot. Maybe also Ferdinand Pinney Earle who was painting mattes for MGM during the 20´S.
1935. She RKO Pictures
bound . Santa Fe
Produced by Reliable Pictures Corporation, there is not VFX credit of any kind. And I don’t have any idea who could have painted that.
1944. Ali Babá and the Forty thieves. Universal Pictures
John Fulton was credited as photographic effects. Russell Lawson was head of Universal matte department at that time, and probably with John De Cuir as matte painter assistant.
1948. Man from Texas VFX Jack Rabin.
Jack Rabin got credit as matte effects. That film is before he tamed up with Irving Block to supply VFX for low budget films. Rabin worked in several FX department from Selznick, Warner bros and T.C. Fox dong miniatures, opticals and matte paintings. After joined with Block, most of the matte painting work was done by his partner.
1953. Rob Roy: The highland Rogue. Disney production.
Matte paintings by Peter Ellenshaw made at Elstree Studios in
with Albert Whitlock as matte
1954 . Passion. RKO. Pictures
No FX credit but probably Albert Maxwell Simpson, who was working for RKO during those years.
1957. Zorro rides into terror (TV series Zorro) Disney
Peter Ellenshaw was in charge of the matte paintings.
1957. Zorro secret passage (TV series Zorro) Disney
Again mattes by Peter Ellenshaw.
1962. Taras Bulba. United artist .
Although it was Russell Lawson credited on that film, and he was responsible for most of the matte paintings on that show, Albert Whitclock was commissioned by Howard Anderson Company to execute the paintings for the gorge horse jumping.
Autumn Warner. Bros Cheyenne
No FX credit on that film, but probably the matte work was by Lou Lichtenfield head of matte paintings at Warner Studios.
1972. Evil Roy Slade Universal Pictures
Albert Whitlock credited as head of matte department at Universal Studios.
1986 Solarbabies VFX by Boos film Studios.
Veteran matte artist Mat Yuricich was supervisor of matte paintings with Michelle Moen as matte assistant.
Roco Gioffre, former Yuricich assistant, was responsible for those matte paintings.
There are much more matte paintings on that jumping issue. That was just a representative small selection.