Best use of greenscreen...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by acearchie, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. acearchie macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    Hi guys,

    I know that there have been a couple of topics asking for short film ideas and other script ideas.

    My request is slightly different. I have a project coming up where I have to use the greenscreen that we have at Uni (Broadcast quality which had been hired by the BBC, Sky, Etc).

    I have used homemade greenscreen before for fake newsrooms, some minor special effects and masking.

    However, since I have lots of time for this project I wanted to try something new.

    Does anyone have any challenging ideas that I could use the greenscreen for?

    I was maybe thinking off something along the lines of someone who can fly or someone falling from a plane etc...

    For the preproduction stage we all have to come up with our own ideas so I was hoping that I could bounce some ideas of people here as everyone else seems to be keeping to themselves!

    Thanks!
     
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    I come from a news/sports background but with flying/jumping out of a plane would you be able to suspend the subject. I would think with a person standing it might be harder to act out.
     
  3. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the input.

    I think it would look ok but for falling having someone lie on a green box with their legs and arms in the air as though they had passed out and were falling (with some camera shake and motion blur in After Effects I reckon it might work)

    And for the flying I was thinking of close up shots of face, upper body, etc lying on a box looking a little like they are suspended.

    I take your point that it may not be the most convincing film but I wanted to try something that I hadn't done before which could look quite convincing as well!
     
  4. jwheeler macrumors regular

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    If you can use after effects.. then soooo soooo much.

    Edit: U replied before me. U have after effects so... Compositing FTW.

    Simple things like getting hit by a car, being thrown by an explosion etc...

    Colour matching & lighting matching are SO SO SO important.
     
  5. Willi Gofarr macrumors newbie

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    You could do worse that have a look through the various tutorials on Andrew Kramers excellent www.VideoCoPilot.net - directly and indirectly there's a few bits on greenscreen that could spark some ideas.
     
  6. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've done a sort of convincing car hit before I found it easier not to use a greenscreen as it's much easier to colour match the road.

    Being thrown by an explosion is a good one. I hadn't thought of that. I have tried it before but it could do with some improvement!

    I have used Andrew Kramer in the past to help me with probably every effect I have done. I'm no pro but I think that with the information he has given me on various tutorials that I can achieve pretty much any effect with enough time and effort!

    Thanks for the help guys any other ideas would be great!
     
  7. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Has anyone else had any interesting ideas.

    The other simple thing I thought of was being in locations that wouldn't normally be possible or perhaps being a giant/very small in a city.
     
  8. RHVC59 macrumors 6502

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    Skip from wave tops in a rough sea scape... Ride a surfboard... Tame a lion. Kick box a grizzly bear, Slap some sense into Sarah Palen's head. Just some thoughts:D
     
  9. brucem91 macrumors 6502

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    will probably require more than after effects(probably maya or similiar), but you could always try creating a digital set.

    Another option is to composite yourself into a shot of one of your favorite films.
     
  10. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Kung Pow sort of thing? If you can get away with ripping off someone else's material to make it.
     
  11. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    These ideas are all great. I was watching the opening to the Armstrong and Miller show (can't find it on youtube) and that uses a greenscreen to have the actors dancing at several different locations around the world which seemed like a good idea to me.

    Playing on what Bruce said I could adjust the idea to have myself walking in on some of my favourite films both new and old which would be a very cool idea!

    The only problem with what RHVC59 said is finding the stock footage of grizzly bears etc. to slap! Any ideas on how to elaborate with this one?
     

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