Last year my kids and I experimented with green screening. The kids walked into an image of the Newsies and interacted with the scene. It was pretty cool and I knew I had to keep experimenting. When we entered a video into the Acer Classroom Makeover contest we decided to experiment more with our little green screen.
There was an abandoned class on my floor that we received permission to renovate. With a little additional funding from the school, we were able to buy 2 big green screens to have a 20’x20′ green screen, some lights, and a quality microphone. Scraping together everything I had along with more donations from the parents we were able to build a “recording studio.” It has been dubbed “3 Floors Up.” We made a website for it here. And of course a promo video:
Now that we have messed around with some green screening and I have done some research, there are some very simple tips.
- Keep the students 6 feet away from the green screen when filming.
- Light the green screen! It will make the wrinkles disappear.
- If you have those classic rows of school fluorescent light banks, set up your screen so that they are at a 90 degree angle to the green screen. There are exceptions to the rule, but for the set-up at most schools it works.
- Turn off your cameras auto-focus, set it to be focused on the talent, place a taped X on the ground and done. With auto focus on the focus can bounce back and forth from talent to screen unless you know what you are doing or have an expensive camera
- Google how to green screen and watch some videos, they will save you hours and years of frustrating results.
If you have examples or tips please leave them in the comments. This was not meant to be an instructional post, just one to put some ideas in your head!