To help develop our editing and filming skills, my class went on a trip to the College of FE to work with their filming equipment and green screen. We were taught the basic knowledge needed when filming with a green screen, and how to use it successfully. Before we started the filming, we were given a lesson on how to use the green screen effectively and told the common mistakes that we need to avoid when filming. For example:
- It is essential to stand at least a meter away from the green screen or shadows will be created and will cause problems when editing.
- The models/performers shouldn’t be wearing any green clothing as it will interfere and blend into the screen.
- Coloured lights should not be used as it will not be shown on the background and blend, meaning the green screen won’t be effective.
The colour green is used because it doesn’t match any natural skin tone or hair color, meaning no part of the model will be edited out. Green screen lets you drop in whatever background images you want behind the actors as the background of the shot. It’s used in film production and also in news and weather reports to relatively, simply place the desired background behind the subject.
Here are some images of our class on the trip:
From this trip and learning how to use a green screen, I am considering using this to film for my music video. This is because I really enjoyed the process and believe it would be effective as I can drop in different backgrounds in order to focus on the performance of the star, instead of the narrative.