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Introduction

To enhance my skills at matte painting, and tracking 3d elements into live action footage, I created a Bell 212 helicopter that could be placed into stock photography of snowy mountains. I wanted to make an exciting shot, So I decided to make a Canadian rescue helicopter that would fly past a debris field of a crashed jet plane.

For this project, I realized the helicopter as a 3d element, the debris field as a combination of matte painting and simple geometry, and the smoke trails as cg smoke.

The background scene of trees and mountains would remain a live action element that I scanned from a DVD.