Images by Charles Yeager
The color of cinema.
If you’ve ever watched a behind-the-scenes special for a Hollywood blockbuster, you’ve probably seen actors performing in front of a green or blue background. But you don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to enjoy the benefits of a blue or green screen. Even if you’re an amateur shooting a short film in your backyard or a YouTuber making a tutorial video, hanging something as simple as a green or blue sheet in the background of a shot gives you the power to add stunning VFX during the post-production process by using a technique called chroma key compositing.
“In the old days with film, blue made it easier to key things. With digital cameras, green is more popular,” says filmmaker Charles Yeager. “But even in modern films they still use blue screens for specific reasons. There are pros and cons to both.”
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