Creative Inspirations – Ron Crabb

So this week in WIDM as we had no guestspeaker so we were told to delve into the creative inspirations videos that offers. The dude I picked was a very down to earth American Motion Graphics/Fine Arts expert called Ron Crabb.

In his first few video’s he talks about Brainbridge Island, his home and his workspace which would be considered unsual for a Motion Graphics Editior as the majority of people in his field would live in such place’s as Hollywood,LA. He go’s on to talk about how he asked the people he was working for would they mind if he moved to this place Brainbridge Island which is in Washington as he could do all his work from home because of the glorious internet and the freedom it offers to people in are field of work. They seen no problem with this and this is what ultimately led Ron to becoming a Matt painter as it allowed him to work from home compared to a Motion Graphics editor who would have to be on set editing, and shooting etc!

As a Career plan Ron didn’t really have one which is kinda funny for such a  succesful person that he is now. He originally intended to be an illustrator but because of requirements etc he needed two foreign languages. So he went to a few classes to bump up on his languages but didn’t like it so he went out on a limp and as he says in the video” Sold his bike and went to California to try and become an artist.

He first got a job at a ski shop desiging t-shirts which was his first expierence of being an artist, which then led him to doing logo designs. Then one of the guys in the shop got him an interview at some art college called aacp which he got accepeted into. In this he did news graphics which then led him into the path of Motion Graphics which led him on to Matte painting.

So Matte painting , what is it? Ever seen a movie where you asked yourself : God how did they film that or make that look so realalistic? ..In this case the background was most likely matte painted. This is so easy to do now ( well not the actuall painting) but easy to put into practice today with all of the Digital improvemens the world has expierenced the past few years with Photoshop etc. Even little adjustments to a scene that movie makers want they might get a Matte painter to paint to safe money aswell as time.

At the moment this is Ron’s as he puts it “Bread & Butter”

An example of A Matte Painting:

This is an example of a Matte Painting that you would see in such fiction based movies like Star Wars

Ron has worked on such movies as

  • The Last Summari
  • The Bucket List
  • X-men 2 and many more…

In the movie the bucket list starring Samuel L Jackson & Jack Nicolson there’s one scene of the movie where there at the Taj Mahal in India, and this particular matte painting was quite difficult as he to add a camera move to his painting, to make the painting look realistic.


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