Transformers was my first show as a matte artist at ILM. I was give the opportunity to work on as a matte artist and afterwards was offered a full-time position in the 'digit-matte' department based off of my work on the show.
I was given the model and I added additional details such as the scaffolding and roof. Using a projection camera I proceeded to light, texture, and surface the model. Afterwards I added more lighting and details in Photoshop using paint and comping techniques. The only plate provided was the top upper left corner that has the statues and explosion.
I created the background using 'virtual background' techniques. The foreground building I modeled, lit and textured to match the plate. The 3rd image is the resulting comp.