Greenscreening lessons

Greenscreening lessons

Below is a video I made about a YouTube feature, in which finally, thanks to the wonders of chroma key, Tarquin and his boss get to wreak havoc on a global scale from a proper secret lair. I’ve always wanted to do this.

The thing you may notice straight off, especially if you switch to high definition 1080p and view in full-screen mode, is that Tarquin looks a bit fuzzy and green around the edges. One of the pitfalls of a budget greenscreen setup involving a piece of green paper and a sunny day.

It goes without saying that if you are going to greenscreen at all, don’t wear anything green. What doesn’t go without saying, and therefore bears repeating here for the benefit of budding Hollywood directors, is that if you are going to greenscreen without proper lighting, don’t wear anything yellow. Yellow, basically, is green with a bit of red mixed in, and this makes keying out the green very, very difficult without also keying out parts of the yellow.

In future, at least until I get to the point where I can give up my day job (hah!), Tarquin will wear a different shirt, and a new baseball cap — his alternative baseball cap is mostly grey, but the logo on it has a lot of yellow.