What is a green screen used for?
Today, using this technique is easy and commonly used by:
- YouTube stars
- People on Zoom
How to use a green screen creatively
The classic green screen setup involves a green wall in the background of a shot, but modern applications can go way beyond that.
Today, actors have to be more and more comfortable using a green screen in all aspects of filmmaking. They might wear green suits, ride green dragons, or react to a monitor that is completely blank except for a solid wash of green.
Shows like Game of Thrones or any project that includes fantastical elements are ripe for this technology. Whether for dragon riding, ice-zombies, or enhancing sets to create an entirely new world, chances are a lot of the world will be green during production.
Similar to the use of large green dragons, green body suits have become commonplace for stunts. Pictured above, instead of pretending to get attacked by animals, actors are attacked by stuntmen in green/blue. I’m not sure which is more terrifying.
Other uses aren’t quite as innovative, but very practical. With green screen on a TV set, you can later add any video/image you want. It’s a lifesaver for continuity and you won’t need to secure rights before filming.
Oh, it also helps if you need someone to crawl out of the TV.
Green screen technology is constantly expanding and evolving. It’s in the background, the foreground, the ground, and maybe the ceiling.
How to use a green screen
Let’s cover some general do’s and don’ts on how to use a green screen. We’ll start with some tips and techniques you’ll want to keep in mind.