- Lighting a Green Screen
- Other Techniques for Lighting Your Green Screen
- Adding Fill Light with Reflection
- Adding a Hair Light
- Sony HDR-FX1 video camera
- Manfrotto Video Tripod - 525MVB - With 505 Pro-video Head
- BackDrop Pole
- BackDrop: 10 x 12-foot chroma green
- HalfDome® nxt: small
- LiteDisc® accessory: LiteDisc® holder
- LiteDisc®: 42 inch black/silver
- LitePanel accessory - Connector Clips
- LiteStand Accessory: Boom
- LiteStand Accessory: BoomStand
- LiteStand: large
- OctoDome nxt: small
- StarLite® Lamp - 1000watt
- StarLite® Lamp - 500watt
- StarLite® OctoDome® nxt Kit
- Video Connectors
- Keep your subjects far enough away from the green screen in order to prevent green light from spilling on to their faces and cloths.
- Light your green screen with even lighting.
- Always plan the shoot days before you show up on set, and never forget to have plenty of fun.
Lighting a Green Screen
This shows a soft box with the front difussion removed. Notice the inner baffle is still in place (figure 2).
Connector Clips for LitePanels worked well for smoothing the backdrop when clipped on the LiteStands. The standard studio tool for holding your backgrounds tight is the spring clamp. Just secure the clamp over the fabric and light stand, then twist to tighten the fabric (figure 5).
We set up a second light to get a more even spread of light and a flatter green color to ease the chroma-keying later in editing (figure 6).
We found that this second light was positioned where we needed to set up our second interview camera, so we placed the light on the opposite side of the background (figure 7).
Other Techniques for Lighting Your Green Screen
We had a slight bit of light spilling on our local rock star/musician from background light.
We next brought in a 3 foot OctoDome nxt with a 500 watt light bulb (figure 12). We checked our lighting results in the interview camera (figure 13).
Adding Fill Light with Reflection
We now have a a nicely lit right side of the face with using a simple silver reflector. Though it's starting to look like a nice shot, we still need to add a hair light to get a well rounded, three point lighting configuration. (Figure 18)
Adding a Hair Light
In conclusion, there are several different ways to shoot an interview with a green screen.
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Studio version 07 or later, Apple's Final Cut Pro.