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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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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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Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 2

Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 2

Continued…
I left off on the last posting on the subject of catering.
Always feed people and observe peoples special dietary needs making sure there is a list with your caterer. (This is where your ‘zero budget’ becomes a non zero budget).

The Reason –
You want to keep your team happy and staying put, not wandering off to buy food and possibly not coming back or even drinking alcohol (a big no-no) and coming back late and loaded! Of course this will delay your shoot and everyone left waiting for those individuals.

Time is money. A well-fed crew is a happy crew and if your people are not being paid, then at the very least you must feed them!

Always have plenty of meetings and ask your crew for input and suggestions – truly listen.
The Reason –
The s...

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Work Behind Scenes – No Experience?

Work Behind Scenes - No Experience?

Work Behind Scenes – No Experience?

I had no experience whatsoever, but I had a strong passion to work behind the scenes doing challenging creative stuff.

After raising my family as a single parent and when my children were old enough for me to develop my career, I was too broke to pay for a university education.

I couldn’t even afford materials and equipment. I was at a loss on where to start, so first I hit the libraries and second hand book stores.

I needed materials, I went to recycling cooperatives, wholesale factory seconds sales bins and even rummaged around in the big skips behind shopping malls.

You name it, I did it, teaching myself everything from specialized props and special effects make-up to animatronics, animation, claymation, costuming, carpentry, script writing and develo...

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