Watch: How Much Does Green-Screen Really Add to a Movie?

Watch: How Much Does Green-Screen Really Add to a Movie?

Nov 22, 2011

Film shoot using Green Screen

Love them or hate them, digital effects are here to stay. CGI backgrounds and computer-crafted objects have become valuable tools in the filmmaker’s arsenal of tricks these days – and while not every computer-generated effect is a smashing visual success, this new video demonstrates that we’ve all been watching lots of films and TV shows using green-screened backgrounds and computer imagery without even realizing it.

Website GeekTyrant posted this very cool YouTube video showcasing how green-screen and computer backgrounds are being used in current productions – and it’s really pretty amazing. We’ll always feel like shooting a city scene on a tiny soundstage surrounded by green material is a little bit like cheating, but there’s no denying the post-production effects that add an entire skyline or cityscape are quite impressive. The old days of elaborate matte paintings and fake-front buildings are long gone at this point, but as this clip demonstrates, there is artistry to creating movie magic with a computer. Makes you wonder how hard it is to act effectively when you’re pretending to interact with something that isn’t actually there, though.

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think. 

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