Green Screen Experiment

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We have been inspired by all the great student-made movies we have seen on the Internet. We especially like the chromakey green screen videos created by Mr. Avery’s class. On Saturday, two students came to Saturday Academy to create a green screen video of their own.

Before we got to school,Mrs. Hamman had downloaded some stock video footage and photos to use as our backgrounds. We planned a rough idea for our script, then tacked up a canvas green screen at the front of the room and filmed in front of it. We only had an hour and a half to write, film and edit the movie, so we just kept our first take each time (except for the two bloopers you see at the end of the video!) After we filmed, we edited the movie, adding titles, music and transitions. Since we were borrowing Mrs. Hamman’s Mac we used iMovie to create our movie. We thought it was pretty simple to use, but there are many other ways to make green screen videos. Mr. Avery has some great tutorials that explain a variety of methods.

Here is our first green screen experiment! What do you think?

Here are few things we learned from our first video:

1. What you wear in front of the screen is really important! Unless you want to look like the Invisible Man, your clothes can’t have even a hint of green on them.

2. We should have used a tripod to hold the camera still during filming. The movement of the camera is more noticeable when you replace the actual background.

3. Making a green screen video is really fun! We look forward to experimenting more with this technology.

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  1. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I want to come to your Saturday Academy! Your students are so lucky! I’ve never done any video with a green screen, but it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. By the way, the video was fabulous!

    What was the trickiest part? What was the most fun?

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

    • Thank you for your comment, Mrs. Watanabe! My students and I agreed that editing—getting the green screen video to line up just right against the background images—was the hardest part. Now we know a few more tricks that will make it easier next time. The most fun was making up a story to go with the images, since the only limit was our imagination! Please come by any time you’d like to make a video with us!

      Sincerely,

      Mrs. Hamman

  2. Mrs. Watanabe sent me to your site and I’m so glad she did! Your Green Screen Video is wonderful! The actor and actress were just perfect as tour guides.

    I have been interested in creating similar videos but don’t really have the equipment (although I do own a flip video and tripod.) Just wondering what you used for the actual ‘green screen?’.

    You have inspired me to try it this week!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for your comment! We just finished shooting our second green screen video and it’s getting much easier now that we’ve learned a little bit more about how to do it! I ordered a fabric green screen from Amazon ($19) and just tacked it up to the board at the front of the room. When we were experimenting I saw that shooting against any green background works pretty well (even bright green butcher paper), but I needed something I could put up quickly and take down when we weren’t using it. We didn’t use any other special equipment, just a Flip camera and the fluorescent room lights.

      I hope your video turns out great. We’d love to see it when it’s finished!

  3. Doing a video with a green screen is a great ideas and sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Thank you for your comment! We are about to start a new green screen project and make trailers advertising some of our favorite books. It’s really fun and not as difficult as we thought it would be!
      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

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