Following my post about the Matte Painting's in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century here I thought I'd do a post about the matte painting's created by Matthew Yuricich for the 1976 film Logan's Run directed by Michael Anderson.
For the most part the film doesn't have many Matte's until we leaved the domed city, the City and the interior were realised by L.B. Abbott's miniature team. But once Logan and Jessica leave and arrive at the now ruined Washington D.C we are treat to some really super Matte Paintings.
We see the Lincoln Memorial overgrown by centuries of foliage as is Daniel Chester French's sculpture of Lincoln, seated on a throne.
We get to see The United States Congress Building covered in vine's and creepers both inside and out. Towards the end of the film Logan and Jessica return to the city with the Old Man along the beach and we see the only daytime shot of the domed city as a matte, the area where Logan and Jessica re enter the city, bottom middle picture is the "active pool" of the Water Gardens located in Ft. Worth, Texas, expanded by one of Yuricich's matte's. As I said in the Buck Roger's post, I think these old matte's appeal to me more in an artistic sort of way as opposed to a realistic way, there's no chance of ever being fooled by the majority of these matte's, but it's the fantastic worlds they convey that give them there charm to me. I don't know what it is about the Lincoln Memorial, but when I see that statue it always give me terrible flashbacks to Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes and that horrendous ending.
Matthew Yuricich went on to create wonderful matte paintings for the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Ghostbusters, 2010: The Year We Make Contact and Die Hard amongst others.