The History of Compositing

Like always, it comes right back to Georges Melies.

This is one of the earliest examples of a matte shot, a primitive technique similar to the greenscreen process. By using matte black surfaces on set and on the actor, Melies could prevent parts of the film being exposed enabling the film to be exposed a second time to add in something else. Seems like an awful lot of faff in the age of the creative cloud.

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