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Pete O'ConnellBest clothing colour to shoot against green screen?
by on Oct 4, 2004 at 11:10:55 pm

Hi I am doing a test shoot tomorrow against a green screen. I was wondering if there are any clothing colours that work well (or colours to be avoided) when shooting against a green screen. Does the green screen creep into red more that blue for example. How about black or gray?
Thanks for any help

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zanianRe: Best clothing colour to shoot against green screen?
by on Oct 5, 2004 at 1:41:38 am

Look at a color wheel. This will help. Magenta is the opposite of green so it would be easier to extract a matte. However I wouldn't dress my actors in magenta unless the scene warranted it. In other words worry about the aesthetics of your shot too!

I would be more concerned with having the actors wear suitable clothing and not have fine hair or thin tassles blowing around. Furthermore properly light your screen and actors separately. You will want to light your screen more evenly than your actors. Also try to be careful with shiny clothing as this will catch more spill unless your actors are very far from the screen--a big plus. Also use your eyes to determine if there is too much spill and adjust the lighting to minimize this.

Obviously avoid green.


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