Shooting on a green screen gives you endless possibilities. With it, you can create a backdrop of anything you like from the dark and dingy streets of a busy city to the stars of space.
But filming on green screen isn’t always easy. People train for years to master using them.
So to help you make the most of your green screen shoot, we’ve put together some top tips.
Lighting – It’s important that when shooting on green screen, you maintain consistent lighting throughout. You’re using the green screen to create a certain environment so always light for the final result. Obviously the green screen should be lit flat, but think about your other light sources too.
Props – Just because you have the green screen, doesn’t mean you have to use it for everything. Try and only use it when you have to, and the rest of the time use practical elements. Not only will this help the actor, but it’ll look more realistic too.
Camera angle – Try and forget your green screen when you’re coming up with camera angles and storyboarding. Some people tend to film directly at the actor and green screen, but this gives a fake, flat look.
Plan ahead – If you want to produce a quality film using green screen then prior planning is vital. Always know what the background is going to be before you shoot. Because from there, you can work out lightening and camera angles. Let the actors and every other crew member know what the plan is.
When done correctly, shooting in green screen can transform your work. But remember, you aren’t filming to use the green screen. You’re using the green screen so that you can film. It’s a handy tool, but shouldn’t be used when it isn’t necessary.