FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (2005)
Twentieth Century Fox
A remake of a 1960s adventure about a plane crash in the desert and the miraculous escape of the survivors. In a night sequence we had to create the atmosphere of a lightning storm. We painted a large 8K matte painting with multiple layers of lightning flashes illuminating the clouds. The large resolution was required so that the matte painting could be used for 360 degrees angles around the plane set.
Example of one of the angles of the matte painting.
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Original plate and the final composite with lightning.
Example of animation sequence of lightning in the sky.