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CGI – Blue vs. Green Screen Chroma Keying

CGI – Blue vs. Green Screen

Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a special effects / post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together.

Almost all studios nowadays use green screens, however there was a time when blue chroma key screens were the main stay.

One of the things the general public are unaware of is whichever colour is used, has to be avoided in any of the set pieces, props and costumes/clothing of the person being filmed because the colour will pick up and show any background overlay (such as a mountain scene) – a big no-no.

Green chroma key screens became the ultimate universal ‘CGI canvas’ because with the blue chroma key there was more ‘bleeding’ around the actors and set items making the foreground images a little blurry with...

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Gaffer Tape and Costumes

Gaffer Tape and Costumes



Gaffer has been the actors and crews best friend for a long time.

Gaffer tape is a strong glue coated waterproof woven tape that is usually black in colour that you don’t need scissors to use, you just tear it along the cross weave.

You often see crew wearing a utility belt of some kind with a few roles of black gaffer tape hanging off somewhere or another.

It is widely used in theatre, photography, film and television production, and industrial staging work.

Flowing Dress

Gaffer used to anchor the flowing dress

The amount of times I have seen gaffer used to repair, tighten, fix to increase, pull in and keep outfits and costumes on the actors I have lost count!
On one occasion the singer (in a music video) had a dress that had a huge long train and with her facing into a fan, ...

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Film Abbreviations Arghhh!

Film Abbreviations Arghhh!

For most of you this is a very very Very boring blog!

It is about understanding the lingo when reading scripts and other parts of the tech sav stuff for the aspiring film maker, actor or other aspiring creative crew members on set.

Ever wonder what DP or Ext, and loc means? Well this listing covers some of the abbreviated language that is a good mind bending start to your introduction into understanding and deciphering what the heck you are reading when you start your studies.

The following samples have been supplied compliments of the ‘IEC’ – Online Encyclopedia Of Cinematographers  and I will only present you with ‘A-D’ otherwise this blog will take you until next year to read.

In the meantime, here is something else to entertain the rest of you:

‘The Cine...

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Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

Some cheap cool fun filming tricks by using your camera that show some of the awesome effects used in The Lord Of The Rings

The Lord of The Rings - Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

………..Fun Filming Effects Using Camera………..

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Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Here is a link to some filming tips for avoiding 5 mistakes that I found on YouTube.

Link to some great filming tips for avoiding mistakes found on YouTube.

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Olden Day Filming – Trivia

Olden Day Filming – Trivia

For Those Who Enjoy Everything In The Film Industry

History, technical, special effects and behind the scenes.

Those of you that are from the ‘baby boomer and earlier’ eras probably already know today’s trivia. This is still an interesting comparison of the wonderful development of technologies that’s made the visual form of storytelling easier to create today.
Olden Day Filming – More Trivia

Before the digital age, after a day’s shoot, the runner had to get the days film stock to the developer and rush the developed film footage back to the director/DOP to view.

This was to check in case they needed to re-shoot or include anything else i.e...
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