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Guerrilla Diary: shooting green screen

Justin Hunt of Ember films shoots the green screen assets for our HitFilm exercise

It’s time to look at our Guerrilla Diary again. This week Justin Hunt of Ember films runs us through how he shot the elements you’ll be using next to create your own green screen shot. As always, there’s an emphasis on using lights (and even wind!) to make the shot look as natural as possible, rather than relying on it all to be created in the software later.

Also note Justin’s caution- he always tries to check the shot is working in the software. Sometimes a green screen can look fine to the eye, but only later you find out you were fooled when you try to key it at home. So, checking the key in software on the shoot might disrupt your flow and cause a bit of anxiety if you are pushed for time, but in the end it will save you both time and money!

Now, shooting a car green screen is a very useful skill, but can you think of a more imaginative use of green screen in a studio, using lights to suggest a particular scene? Maybe you could add a green screen to the ideas you had in Week 1. Tell us what you’d like to shoot and how you might do it, in the Comments below.

Once you’ve seen the video, it’s time to dive in to this week’s HitFilm tutorial with Simon Jones- coming up next!

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