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Not my first time working with green screen footage but it’s my first time filming it. We are doing a marketing piece where we get to show a hologram interface a la Avengers or Iron Man. At first I thought, “Piece of cake!”, but as I was filming I got really worried. I’d never done anything like this before! It was tricky but I was surprised how easily it all came together.
I drew up a story board which is absolutely necessary for something like this. My storyboard followed the written script and made sure to show what the narrator in the film was pointing out. I then took the storyboard and synced it up with the narrator audio. This gave me a very good indication of the shots I needed and how long each scene would take.
There would be two major angles. In front and behind the actor so I decided that only the shots from behind the actor would need a green screen. I used green poster board we tapped to a cardboard display piece we picked up at the office store. I was not too worried about the seams because the I was using a Nikon D80 with a 1.4 lens that has a very shallow depth of field so I any seams would all be blurred out. Not a good idea but I’m a rookie and it worked.
After I got all the actor footage from that angle I would then shoot a blank plate of footage in the same exact spot of the office to fill in for the green screen footage I would key out in After Effects.
I designed a simple UI in Illustrator. I did it in vector so if I needed to change the dimension of the artwork for close up I could do so without degrading the artwork. Once I came up with a design I took the individual pieces into After Effects. Some pieces where singled out so I could go into them and animate each button, tool, window, clock or message windows I designed for the UI.
In After Effects I played with the layer options and even did a RGB separation to give the UI a projected feel.
It took a really long time to match up all the footage to the UI and make it all look smooth. We had a bank of windows behind the actor that was alot of trouble so next time I have to keep in mind how much light is behind my subject if I plan this effect again.
The final version was great! It told the story and looked really good! I can’t wait to share the whole thing soon! I was surprised how easily it all came together in the end! I hope I get to do more projects like this soon.
I’ve been a designer for 15 years. I love creating & sharing. So, I’m hoping this site is a place to help me do both. I do freelance work as well. If you’re interested in what I can do, please take a look at my portfolio.
I started out years ago in print and have now designed in several mediums; including interactive experiences, as well as video and motion graphics.