From the beginning, films produced with special effects provided legend and pastime for millions of people. It was Aladdin’s magic carpet that took them away from the boring floors of life. From the world’s supplier of films (Hollywood), these creative movies have widely spread and given pure entertainment to audiences across the globe.
Green screen technology made it all possible. It can lead your film to endless possibilities. Want to create a dramatic mountain vista with the edge of a sharp cliff dropping into void thousands of feet deep? How about showing storm clouds gathered in a distance? A scene on Jupiter? Why not! You are no longer limited by your physical location. With the benefit of green screen studios, any movie could be the next big film!
Now let’s take a closer at movies with special effects that captivated our hearts. Who would think they were shot in a green screen studio?
They said it could never be a movie. With its thousand armies, classic landscapes and fleet-destroying hurricanes, 300 is a story that begs to be left in a book. Surprisingly, this beautiful movie was translated into the big screen. The film was shot almost entirely on a sound-stage in Montreal, by means of green and blue screen. The only part that was not shot on the sound stage was the shot of the Persian messengers appearing over the top of a hill as they dash towards Sparta, which was shot in Los Angeles.
The whole raw footage of Sin City was plainly shot in green screen studio. Of course, each set was filmed in coordination with the film maker’s creative thinking. The true magic of Sin City, in addition to the storyline, was performed by the post-production editors. With long hours of meticulous layering and editing, no wonder the film resulted to such spectacular movie.
The Matrix still reigns as the most creative film ever. To achieve the best results, a huge green screen was needed along with still and video cameras. There were too many scenes in the movie that were shot in a green screen studio. Trivia: there were also 120 DSLR cameras used in filming The Matrix.
Audiences around the world were enchanted by James Cameron’s Avatar, with its glimpse of the Na’vi on their awe-inspiring world called Pandora. The movie isn’t just a dream or fantasy. It’s science – the use of green screen in so many scenes which is exactly the rationale for much of what we see in the film. Much of what we see in the movie can’t even be glimpsed in the real world, but it was all made possible when it was shot in a green screen studio.
Special Effects and Green Screen Compositing
Special effects are created where techniques outside the normal filming procedures are used. If you notice, what’s common in the movies mentioned above is that they were shot in a green screen studio. Modifications can be made easily and are conveniently added to the raw elements of the film if a green screen is used.
Green screening is a key factor of today’s visual effects, which creates mind-boggling and exhilarating images for audiences everywhere. In fact, there are now many school and training institutes and online training services enticing an ever-growing number of students eager to learn about this bough of entertainment industry.
There are many situations where placing the talent in a scene for real would be too expensive, dangerous and even physically impossible. In these situations, you would of course want the talent in an economical and harmless environment and then later composite them into a background that looks really real. This is what green screen compositing is all about.