If your room is small enough to cover or paint the whole wall, do it. Once you start using the green screen you will find bigger and better projects and might need the whole wall. Trying to match paper, cloth or paint at a later date is a mess. I’ve had to deal with this many times, so just do it right the first time. I finally purchased a very large role of green art paper . Like 8’ x 30’ Let me tell you, I use it all the time. This allows you to move around.
The 5x7 screen will be fine for one person sitting, but that’s about it. If you have a smooth wall, you can just paint it a nice, bright green (any color would do, but green is used because we don’t have green skin tone, and usually don’t wear green clothing). Lighting is important – usually two lights of equal intensity at 45 degree angles to the screen to cancel shadows. You will also need to have at least two lights on the subject that don’t bleed onto the screen. Most important: the better the camera, the better the chromakey will turn out – less artifacting and more believable keys. If you’re going to invest the money, don’t go cheap on the camera (less than $1500) – it will be less frustrating in the long run. Also, get a couple of wireless lavaliere microphones for everything, especially interviews.
Charleston Elementary School
I'm looking for any advice about creating a Green Screen 'studio' in our school. I have a room off my library and would love to turn it into a studio and am putting together a proposal to seek funding.
Lucie deLABruere, has been a font of knowledge, as usual, but wanted to check with others to see if anyone had additional advice.
Here's what I'm looking at so far—suggestions about anything else, particularly about a recommended video camera which shoots decent video, holds up to student use, and plays well with Apple computers?
Green Screen Starter Kit http://www.amazon.com/Green-Screen-Video-Starter-Kit/dp/B0047Q5V1Q/ref=pd_sxp_f_r
MacBook (with extra storage) and iMovie
Separate Hard Drive
What else am I missing? This space will be available for grades 6 – 12.
Many thanks! (apologies for multiple posts if you are on both listservs.