The Shot Behind the Shot: A glass matte painting from Escape From New York (1981)

Carpenter #2

Before the days of digital set extensions and computerized world building, movies pulled off the same tricks with brush strokes and paint. Here’s a breakdown of how glass matte paintings were done in the pre-digital age with a look at a shot from Escape From New York (1981). The two behind the scenes images come from the book On Set with John Carpenter and were taken by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker, who we interviewed earlier this week. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: James Cameron and Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

Battle Beyond the Stars (Cameron) (reddit)

Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are often mentioned as directors who got their start in Roger Corman’s B-movie factory – but so did James Cameron, seen here working on a model for 1980’s Battle Beyond the Stars. Cameron was the film’s art director and also served as 2nd Unit Director and Production Designer on 1981’s Galaxy of Terror for Corman’s New World Pictures.