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Posted by PumpkinKing27, on 2003-01-25 17:45:25

Blue screen/green screen- can anyone help me out?

I'm doing a sequence in my upcoming film which will invole a wee bit stop-motion but mostly the marionette-like manipulation of my hand-made robot puppet, which I plan to film on a bluescreen and super impose to make it look like it is wreaking hell in downtown Brattleboro. Does anyone know how I can cheaply construct a blue screen or a green screen or how much I can buy one for? it doesn't need to be more than two and a half square feet. Any help anyone has would be really great.

Posted by Anderson, on 2003-01-25 19:43:02

Are you in Brattleboro, Vermont? Anyway I've made bluescreens using flat latex paint from the Home Depot or any other paint store. Just look for a good fairly deep blue At the Depot the color to use is called True Blue. You can use masonite that comes in 4'x4' sheets (primed) or for your small screen you could just use an artist canvas. You can buy portable blue/green screens that unfold in a second, like reflectors photographers use from B&H photo but they're expensive. You can also buy the material (cloth) and paint from Rosco. I've recently been doing some compositing with a stop motion character and video taped backgounds. I've been using Primatte Keyer and Composite Wizard. They are Affter Effects plug-ins and man do they work great. Using the two together the composites are flawless but they are not cheap. I bought them individualy quite awhile ago and I may have paid $600 to $700 for both of them. Good luck Dan

Posted by MovieStuff, on 2003-01-25 22:07:53

Go to the grocery store and buy the flourescent green poster boards they sell and tack them on the wall. Light the boards with flourescents and they work beautifully. Light your puppet with tungsten light and you'll get really nice keys. It also helps if you put red gel over your rim lights. The red and the green will mix and give you a white rim. More importantly, it will also get rid of any green spill on the edges of the puppet. Roger