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Alan Balch
Lighting a room for green screen
on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:16:37 pm

I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to best light a room for green screen. The room I'm trying to light is 10' wide, 20' long and 10' high.
My main question is whether or not I should try to mount lights from the ceiling for my subjects and the screen or if I should go with light stands.

Thanks!

Alan Balch
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Todd Terry
Re: Lighting a room for green screen
on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:33:07 pm

Normally I light a greenscreen (or any other flat background) from both the sides and the ceiling. I'll usually put vertical 4' flos on stands at the sides, and have horizontal 4' flos in the grid to wash from the ceiling as well (in rare instances I've lit from below, too... but I'd say that's not usual practice with me).

BUT... you have a pretty small space and not that much area to try to light. You might be able to (probably can) get away with lighting from the sides only. It would definitely be worth running a test before you go to the expense and trouble of lighting from above if there is not already a grid there.

Then again, the opposite might be true... since the space is small you might prefer not to give up any of your floor real estate to stands and lighting instruments, and lighting from the ceiling only is a better idea.

I'd try it from the sides first, though, and see how that goes.

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Bill Davis
Re: Lighting a room for green screen
on Jul 28, 2018 at 4:34:17 pm

And just to add a note to what Todd says...

Remember, you don't always need to light the entire greenscreen for EVERY use instance.

If you have a spokesperson sitting at a desk, for example - you can just light an area around the subject and just crop the shot before you use it.

Lighting an entire large green screen area is most appropriate when there is more movement including people entering and exiting the scene - then a full frame keyable field is smart.

Just something to consider.

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