Camera & Green Screen Workshop


11th of October 2016

We had a camera and green screen workshop, where we in our different production groups got to watch each other and set up two different green screens and light it ourselves. "learn by doing" - kind of day!

My group and I found it to be a great idea to test out a piece of our script, to see how it would possibly look in our real shoot and post production.

Non-edited clip:

In this workshop, we got shown how to use the telly prompter, which was very helpful as we were planning on using this for the shooting of our studio bit. We watched carefully, asked questions and got to mount it all together ourselves - which qualified us to get to use it for our own shoot.

Green screen essentials:
- Lighting is key
- No wrinkles or shadows on backdrop
- Sand bags for stabilizing and safety
- Distance between presenter and the green screen itself
- Reflection in glasses can be prevented by angling the wide lights 
high up and down on presenter, instead of facing him/her directly 
- Camera settings can help and damage for you post, important with the right settings

Edited clip with "test" studio set background:

There are different ways to edit a video with green screen, the two different programs I know of is either Adobe After Effects, or Adobe Premiere pro - where in both of them you can key, treat and edit your green screen and clip.

I am most familiar with doing this in PP, where the mostly used tool to key your green screen would be the chroma keying tool. This tool is great as it will detect the green colour, and if it is even enough easily key it away like a dream. If however, the green screen is some shades darker green for example, in some areas where it had shadow or creases, you can simply by a pipette select the single grains of the colour shade and key it. If the green screen is very uneven and creased this will make the keying, no matter software, hard to complete to achieve a high quality result.

//Image shot with iPhone 6 
by myself

//Video footage shot in workshop 
with SONY EX1

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