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SIC Preview: How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting a Moving Subject

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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You will learn:

  • How to light a highly mobile subject on green screen
  • How to balance light intensity between your green screen and your key light
  • Why Super-Green tubes only appear to light a green screen brighter
  • How to give the green screen the appearance of being lit by ambient light

In this installment, Shane Hurlbut, ASC goes through the process of lighting a dynamic subject in front of a green screen using white Kino Flo tubes and Maxi lights. You’ll learn how to set a good keylight, see why Super-Green tubes don’t actually brighten your green screen more than other lights, and determine how to best light your screen to give the sense that your scene is being lit by ambient light. You’ll also get a few tips and tricks for pulling focus along the way!

Whether you want to shoot a moving spokesperson selling baby oil or an actor running away from a giant explosion on Jupiter, this is where you’re going to learn the essentials of shooting a mobile subject in front of a green screen from a pro!

All videos were edited on HP Z840 workstations using HP Z24x DreamColor monitors.

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