Bureaucracy (elimination of)

Bureaucracy (elimination of)

Oddly, I’t not sure where the inspiration for this video came from. You’d think it would be obvious, but aside from a general weariness of dealing with bureaucrats of various flavours, there’s nothing I can point to and say, “This is the reason.”.

If the truth be told, my main motivation for making this video was to make a serious go at chroma key. This is the technique whereby you film yourself in front of a certain colour — these days it’s usually green — and then, at the editing stage, remove that colour and replace it with something else.

What’s actually behind me is a cheap, green paper tablecloth, which works quite well. Surprisingly well, in fact. The other ingredient is a camera that performs well in low light.

It’s not perfect, and I actually made a small mistake (look towards the right of the main studio set). Ideally, I’d need a proper lighting setup: two lights illuminating the green screen, and at least one other light illuminating me separately. The pros use a small backlight to give the subject a sharp outline, making it even easier to key out the background, but that would be the icing on the cake, really.

In any case, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. This is the ultimate low-budget chroma-key effect, using a decent consumer-grade camera, a piece of paper and a fairly basic video editor.