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Posted: Sat, 12th Apr 2008, 11:41am

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FXhomer46845

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hi guys, um ive been looking round i want a effect were i run, jump and fly up into the sky. I dont want to use a greenscreen i want to be able to animate this but would you like need to use a garbage mate or just a mask?
Posted: Sat, 12th Apr 2008, 3:29pm

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Axeman

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Garbage matte would be preferable. Just curious, what is your aversion to greenscreen?
Posted: Sat, 12th Apr 2008, 5:15pm

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FXhomer46845

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um the reason i dont wanna be using a greenscreen is because i dont have one! sorry that this makes things a bit more complicated, im hoping to get one soon though.
Posted: Sat, 12th Apr 2008, 11:48pm

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Sagerman

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FXhomer46845 wrote:

um the reason i dont wanna be using a greenscreen is because i dont have one! sorry that this makes things a bit more complicated, im hoping to get one soon though.
Green screen ideas. I can't afford a fancy green screen so here's what I did. Probably works best if you live in or can visit a rural area. I went to a fabric store, you know where grandma goes to buy her quilting stuff or where the odd gal goes to get fabric to make her very own dream dress.
I selected 6 fabric colors (light and med green, black, light and med blue and white) for use a backgrounds. They were all cut to 8 feet by 10 feet, see they come on big rolls you pull and snip off. Total cost? Well, it depends as there's another trick. Buy the stuff during late June to July. It's hot, many people are their A/C homes, public swimming pools, or barbecuing in their shaded backyard. So? Means folks who would frequent fabric stores aren't out and about. Prices are down due to attract those who stop by with sales. In my case, I spent a grand total of $48.13 for all the stuff above.

What about fabric type? In my case, I selected a mix of felt and polyester, under the theory of easy folding with less wrinkling when unfolded. Did it work? Well, yes. I only wish I had selected bigger fabric but what I got works and I didn't drill a hole in my wallet. Rural stores tend to have a better selection than many big city fabric stores and much cheaper. Be imaginative!
Posted: Sun, 13th Apr 2008, 3:05am

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GeorgiaHoosier

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If you have a party store nearby you can usually find bright green tablecloths in light plastic, either individual ones for a big rectangular table ($1.99) or a big 100' roll for around 20 bucks.

It's very thin so it has to be doubled, but since it's light you can tape up a couple of layers just about anyplace.

They also usually have a blue color that looks right for keying too, I haven't tried it yet but it matches the blue painters tape I use to hold the green screen material up.

Once it's lit up correctly the material keys out beautifully.

It's a cheap and portable way to have a screen for any shoot.

Neil
Posted: Sun, 13th Apr 2008, 10:44am

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FXhomer46845

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thanks guys ill go check those ideas out soon
Posted: Mon, 14th Apr 2008, 7:03am

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Cogz

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Plastic usually isn't a good idea, because it reflects any light, and so its hard to get an even green once you light the subject and backdrop. Try to use a screen with a matte finish to eliminate this.