The End of Green Screen Technology?

The green screen may be in its last days. And that’s a good thing.

The green screen is as common to a filmmaker’s toolbox as the camera. But should it be?

It’s easy to gripe about the overuse of special effects, but for projects that require it or include otherwise incredibly expensive shots, how can you achieve the flexibility of green screens without the drawbacks? As the video above shows, there is a solution — and Charmaine Chan has embraced one possible option.

LED technology. Pretty much the same technology you’re looking at right now, but in a much larger environment.

Chan has worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling various digital elements into one seamless shot. Her job changed while working on The Mandalorian, one of the first shows to ditch the green screen in lieu of using the more realistic-friendly (is that a real term?) LED background technology, and the results are stunningly, well, realistic.

The Mandalorian

The realization of using LED tech isn’t necessarily a revelation, however. Back in Hollywood’s film-film days, when the term motion picture was synonymous with film, it was common for actors to work in front of a screen with projected backgrounds.

Anyhow, I’ll let the video do the explaining from here.

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