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Green screen is a popular and powerful technique used to digitally replace the background with any video or image by shooting it against a blue or green screen. When done properly, the effect is nearly imperceptible.  However, getting a good clean key can be a challenge. Whether you’re shooting green screen for a million dollar feature film or for YouTube, this module walks you through every aspect of what colors to use, how to properly light a green screen, where to place your subject and even what video formats work best.


  • 25:18 video that walks you through the steps of properly shooting a green screen shot
  • Complete resource guide
  • Example of how green screen techniques were used to shoot a falling scene
  • Three Quicktime shots of increasing difficulty with which you can practice your compositing skills.  Each clip includes a background plate.


  • What the green screen process is and how it can be used in a movie
  • How to choose the correct color for the background screen
  • The differences between using blue or green
  • What digital formats are the best and worst at acquiring green screen footage
  • How to properly light the green screen
  • How to properly light the actors
  • How to coordinate props and wardrobe when shooting green screen
  • How to frame a green screen shot
  • How to create multi-layered special effects
  • How to full subjects full body
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