These days, we all know the fantastical backgrounds in big blockbuster movies look underwhelming on set. But with green screen (and major help from visual effects artists and compositors), filmmakers are creating worlds with an incredible sense of authenticity.
Whether you will be creating a blockbuster, a simple YouTube video or your next course green screen comes in handy to tell a compelling story and adds layers and complexity to it.
The green screen lets you drop in whatever background images you want behind the actors and/or foreground. It’s used in film production (and also in news and weather reports) to relatively place the desired background behind the subject/actor/presenter. When a background isn’t available - like a fictional, alien, historical, futuristic or even just hard-to-access location - the green screen comes to the rescue.
After the footage is shot, the compositors take over:
Technically, you can use any background color. A vibrant, almost neon green is the standard choice because it’s strong and usually a distinctly different color from anything on the subject (e.g., the actor’s clothes, eyes, hair, accessories).
The biggest secret to use a green screen is to make your final video look as if you haven't used the green screen. If the audience is able to tell that you have shot using the green screen, then they will be taken away from the story your subject tells.
Proper lighting is crucial when it comes to the green screen. The most important thing about green screen and keying it out properly is the lighting and its even distribution, as well as the body positioning.
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