Green Screen project Schedule




This project invites you to explore collaging with space and time, the material and the immaterial – using negative and positive keying effects possible with Green Screen, including using multiple versions of objects and performers interacting with impossible backgrounds.

You will be introduced to Wimbledon’s professional Green Screen/TV studio, you with then have access for 2 days of filming your projects, or experiments, followed by an introduction to learning how to use the specialist feature of the After Effects programme (‘KeyLight’) for applying post production keying effects to the video you have shot.

There are then 2 more full days booked for you in the Green screen/tv studio to develop your work further, based on what you have learned. Work you generate on this project may be developed further by you and put forward for your Unit 6 assessment, it could be submitted as additional work, or it may just be an experiment for you in learning new techniques.

It should be possible to book out more use of the green screen/tv studio via the technicians, but please make use of the dates I have already booked for ptbm ( see below) as it is often very booked up. If you can’t get access then it’s possible to set up a smaller green screen system in the film and video room ( ask Jack for help with this).

Thursday 19th October

Artists use Green Screen- Seminar  with Jennet Thomas

10.30- 12.30pm- Film and Video room

This seminar provides visual, creative food for thought. I will show you lots of great video work by artists  using green screen!

We will learn to work out how it has been done technically and discuss what kind of effect on the viewer it is trying to achieve.

Thursday 26th October

10.30- 5.00pm in the TV/GREEN SCREEN STUDIO (Back of foyer on right- Theatre building)

Workshop and technical induction into the Green Screen Studio

With Jack Perry (this may be split into 2 sessions am and pm if numbers require). A technical induction into the Green Screen Studio, and how to get the best quality results, followed by a workshop – some demonstrations and exercises  to suggest ways you might want to experiment further with this technology.

The Green Screen / TV studio is booked for you to continue to experiment  and film in on these dates:

Friday 27th October 10.00 – 6.00pm

Monday 30th October 10.00 – 6.00pm

 This facility is often very sought-after, so you are advised to use these times for filming! Please arrange with your fellow student-users what time you would like to use the studio.

Monday 6th November

in the DMC 10.30- 4.30pm

Post production Green Screen -KeyLight in After Effects

Intro to this great post production software with Marianna Fantich to realise Green Screen (or Chroma key) keying effects on the video you have shot. Please make sure you bring video footage with you for your experiments.

The Green Screen / TV studio is booked for you to continue to experiment  and film in on these dates:

Thursday 23rd  November

Friday 24th November

This facility sought-after, so you are advised to use these times for filming! Please arrange with your fellow student-users what time you would like to use the studio.



Consider ways you can explore altered reality, and full blown fantasy with Green Screen

REPETITION (e.g Rachel Maclean)

With Green screen, you can make multiple layers that you can use to repeat elements many times, these don’t have to be performers, (though that is fun) but could be other kinds of things – moving or non moving. You could film things on quite a small scale (e.g. an army of multiple giant ladybirds- but just film one on some well lit green paper) Think about the possibilities. ..

Negative space-

The green can act as a hole, (Green paint on the face, a piece of green card held up in a room etc) a view onto another place. Or, even a portal through which objects/performers could disappear through (if they are also green screened)

You can make things simply disappear ( e.g. in Shana Moulton’s video- making a body disappear, but the clothes remain- by wearing a Green Body suit)

Convincing simulations.

If you take care with lighting, you can make your figures (or objects or whatever you put on the green screen) appear to be convincingly in another place. You could take any picture of a room ( or palace or battlefield) and have your character seem navigate this space. It is best to know what you background is first, so they can respond to it. This also works best will photos that are evenly lit.

Try filming an outdoor place you want to put your subject into-

BUT MAKE SURE YOU USE A TRIPOD! Otherwise the movement of the background will be out of syc with the object… unless you want to try a whole other set of special effects. (tracking the motion of the background) Unless you want a ‘point of view shot’ of a :

Scene incorporating moving vehicle/point of view.

If your subject is moving, flying, riding etc you could try filming the point of view of their journey, and then layer the back of their head plus parts of the vehicle (flying carpet?)

Play with Scale

You could make your subject seem tiny by filming scenes of everyday reality in macro! ( close up!)

Or, vice versa, make them giants…

Explore filming interesting /abstract textures close up that your subjects/things could interact with

Moving in and out of environments.

You could build, or find a model set, and choose elements of it to be in the foreground, by layering them on top of your subject afterwards in post production (After Effects or Premiere)