Las Vegas has changed significantly since
the 1970's when Casino took place, so Matte World Digital
was called upon to recreate many of the classic landmarks
that had sadly been torn down over the years.
To create the scene, MWD worked closely
with Lightscape Technologies to adapt their radiosity renderer
for use in film. The radiosity algorithms are superior to
conventional ray-tracing as they can accurately calculate
the realistic bounce light in a scene. This was the first
time radiosity was used to create CG elements for a film,
an important ingredient in creating the realism of the Las
Vegas strip at night.
plate photographed in Las Vegas.
showing the live-action plate combined with the digital
For the establishing shots of a secret
mob hangout located in the All American Gas Station, MWD photographed
a gas station scene in Las Vegas that was relocated in a nondescript
industrial city, somewhere on the East Coast.
The gas station live-action plate photographed in Las Vegas.
Digital matte painting techniques were used to add moving clouds and to provide
a more industrial background that relocated the scene to the East Coast.