This was my last Film School Clinic, and we were learning about how to use and look after the green screen room.
First of all Green Screens can be used to insert a background, image or it can be a video inserted into or onto an other video, to suit the setting, or make it look intriguing. For example Green Screen would be used in Supernatural themed movies, weather reports, cartoons because it’s cheap and easy to impose. As well as it actually being a Green Screen, sometimes they aren’t all green, but the reason that most Green Screens are green, is because it is not a common colour to be wearing. It is also green because it does not clash with your clothes, or your skin. We have 1 Green Screen Room in our Year 6 space.
As well as a Green Screen Room, we also have some Lighting. We have 4 Lights on ceilings and 2 Light stands, and they both need to be used when filming. With the Standing Lights, we have sandbags to help support that light so…
- They don’t fall
- So if someone trips over on it, it isn’t really likely to fall
There are also Costume Racks in our Green Screen room just in case we need to dress up or look like a certain person or thing to suit the setting background. There is also a Green Cloth, that can be used for special effects. There is also an extension lead because it’s a safety hazard, so we have to make sure we don’t trip on that lead. Another safety hazard is the step, so we have to also be careful not to trip or fall on it.
Make sure after you are finished that you leave the space neater then you found it. If students are found either spending more then 20 minutes in there, then the person who is next will get annoyed and… they might knock on the door which you don’t want, because it could disrupt what your doing, and it mean’t that you were spending more then 20 minutes in there or you might have locked the door. Students who break the rules in the Green Screen room will also be banned.
Make sure to switch on all lights in the studio- light stands and ceiling lights will be turned on and off when you press wall switches 2, 3,4 and 5. When lights are on, Actor must stand about 1 metre away from green wall and try to avoid shadow when filming. And absolutely NO SHOES FOOD OR DRINK!!!
Now I’m going to tell you how to use Adobe Premiere, with Green Screen. It is quite simple. First make sure to put the video in V2 this time instead of V1, because if you want a video background then you need to put it in V2 instead,and if it’s a plain background behind them, click on effects, video effects, key, Ultra Key, and then drag onto the persons video bit, standing in front of the Green Screen, then go to effect control to key out the colour, chose your colour and put it as close as possible to the person as you can to get the best background. Press setting, and then aggressive. Aggressive helps to make the lighting better. And then put audio in A1 as usual.
That’s what I learnt in this Film School Clinic, and I hope to be getting my Director’s hat soon. I have really enjoyed all these Film School Clinics, and I really look forward to making Films with the knowledge I now have.
By Eve 6B