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Posted by SGNLego, on 2010-07-22 17:44:12

Green Screen

Hey I'm new to animation stop motion, but not to stop motion. Is it better to use real buildings or the green screen? By the way, it's a Transformers stop motion.

Posted by Isomer, on 2010-07-23 07:03:30

I don't think it's possible to say which is 'better' because both can be done very effectively. What I can say is that it's a more direct process to have the buildings actually there as models on set... but that may not give you the look you want in the time frame you would like to get this done in. There are a lot of variables in what can make one method work well over the other and it goes both ways. So here's what I would advise - You will need to animate your Transformers no matter what and I'm assuming you already have them, so shoot a test against a green screen and see if you like it... at least you really don't need to build anything in order to shoot a test. (unless you don't have a green screen in which case you'll need to paint a board green or something - no big deal) Really I think only you can answer your question for yourself because it really sounds to me to be a question about which method you're more comfortable shooting.

Posted by occfilms, on 2010-07-24 00:24:49

I'd personally go with a built set, but not only does that depend on what your comfortable with, it also depends on your puppets. You'll want to keep a look of continuity throughout your film. If you have handmade puppets or even store bought figures you might not want to green screen them into live footage you shot downtown. BUT that depends on the "look" your going for. Also you could splice it, an option might be to build simple sets then have green screen backgrounds ect.

Posted by SGNLego, on 2010-07-25 22:00:51

If I use green screen, do you have any tips on building digital sets? By the way the test were good and positive!

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-07-25 22:58:19

It depends on style - would they look at home in the real world? If so, you save a lot of setmaking if you can composite them into real environments. But I do like to use a little bit of set, like maybe some ground surface, so the puppet can cast a shadow on it. I think it actually helps to take a still photo of the real buildings first, so you can see the angle that you were able to shoot them from. That gives you an idea of how to shoot the animated characters so they look like they are there with the buildings. Think about how big they would be, and what there is in the real scene that is about the same height, so you know whether your camera should be level with their head or looking up at them from much lower down. Think about where they would go, whether they would pass in front or behind of a particular object if they were really there - if they are just in front of everything in every shot it isn't as convincing as when they go behind some parts.