Behold the Power of the Green Screen: Video Proof the Virtual Backlot Is Here to Stay

Behold the Power of the Green Screen: Video Proof the Virtual Backlot Is Here to Stay

Feb 28, 2013

sin city green screen fxVisual FX artists are a hot topic of discussion this week – particularly in the wake of the Oscars, where artists protested that they’re being treated unfairly by the film industry. We tend to stay out of most debates about labor and compensation (although we feel that a VFX house like Rhythm & Hues might have a point if it can win awards for its work on successful films, yet can’t make enough money to avoid bankruptcy…), but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fantastic work these individuals do on a daily basis.

Love CGI or hate it, there’s no denying that the technique has come a long way in the past few years. The funny thing is, we expect and spot it instantly in big-screen blockbusters, but many of us fail to realize that the technology is being used everywhere – even in places you wouldn’t really expect. This cool video highlights countless instances where green screen is used in television shows for even mundane scenes. Think that shot of an actor in a generic comedy was really filmed on a street in San Francisco? Guess again. The lesson here? Don’t believe everything you see. 

Keeping with the visual FX theme and green screen work, we’re also sharing this cool video showcasing all of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City green screen scenes.

What’s interesting about this 12-minute clip is not so much the fact that Sin City utilized tons of green screen to create its distinctive visual style, but seeing how much the actors have to imagine when they’re filming the scene. We’ve long posited that it has to be incredibly challenging to react and interact with things that aren’t there – in the old days, actors at least had sets around them to help them get into character. Now, we see guys like Ron Perlman simply standing on a stage in costume surrounded by green material. The level of dedication and focus to make that work and integrate seamlessly in the finished film is impressive – and both actors and FX artists deserve recognition for making that happen.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think. [via Cinephilia & Beyond]

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