A “green screen kit” is not your friend.
Cheaper green screen kits you can buy online are not going to cut it on their own. These types of kits typically include one or two lights sufficient to light your subject only, which will create a patchy background that will be time-consuming and difficult to remove in your video editor. “That kit seems like it’s solving all your problems, but it’s introducing an entire world of new problems,” says producer and director Martin Vavra.
The best types of lights for green screen footage.
Vavra recommends renting two 1000-watt lights for lighting the screen itself and a method for diffusing, like softboxes, to put around them. Next, get a 650-watt light and a 500-watt light, again with diffusion through a softbox or even white bedsheets. These should be used to light the subject of your video. You may also want to use a hair light to create a sharper line between your subject and background. “As a beginner, it’s worth renting that hundred or so dollars’ worth of lights. Just making that decision will save your project,” says Vavra.