Return to Paradise is the film
version of the true story about a young man traveling in Malaysia
who is arrested, imprisoned and sentenced to death. Matte
World Digital was hired to create establishing shots showing
the dilapidated prison. The film
was shot on location in Philadelphia and Bangkok. MWD's job
was to photograph the Eastern Penitentiary Museum located
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and combine it with footage
photographed in Bangkok.
On location in Bangkok a river scene is photographed to perfectly match the angle and time of day
needed for the shot.
A digital matte painting is created to establish rusty roofed shacks and a muddy river bank that will
tie the two locations together.
Prison location photographed in Philadelphia. Additional stains have been added to make the
prison look even less sanitary.
The final shot combines all the elements to create a new environment that now establishes the prison
MWD also created a dawn version using the same techniques as above.