The technology that’s replacing the green screen

Publicerades den 23 okt 2020
The green screen is a Hollywood staple. Should it be?
It’s easy to complain about overreliance on special effects, but for projects that require impossible-to-film environments or have incredibly expensive shots, how do you get the flexibility of green screens without the drawbacks?
Charmaine Chan has worked on one of the possible answers. Vox's Phil Edwards spoke to her about her career and how it's at the forefront of a big technological shift. As a compositor for venerable effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), she’s worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling various digital elements into a beautiful, seamless image. Her job changed on The Mandalorian, one of the first shows to use ILM’s upgrade for the green screen: LED panels that used video game engine technology to place a realistic-looking world behind the actors.
It was a huge improvement, because green screens actually have a lot of drawbacks. Removing the green screen is never as quick as visual effects artists would hope. It also casts green light upon the set and actors. Even substitutes for a green screen, like projecting an image onto a screen behind the actor, fail to dynamically respond to camera movements the way they would in the real world.
ILM’s solution fixes a lot of those problems, and it also led to creative breakthroughs in which the old Hollywood order of a TV show or movie, in which VFX came last, was suddenly reversed. Now, artists like Charmaine are alongside actors, set designers, and other crew members during filming. That collaboration means that this technology doesn’t just eliminate a screen - it eliminates a creative barrier.
Watch the above video to see how it happens.
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  • The question I wanted to ask was if the parallax changes in response to camera moves, didn't make it nauseating for the actors on the set (weird combinations of items on the screen behind them would shift)?

  • It sounds like she's about to cry every sentence. it hurts my throat.

  • I can put a green screen in any room I need. I can travel with it. I can roll it up and stash it behind the couch when it's not being used. I can put one together for dollars, it does not cost 10's or 100's of 1,000's of dollars. I'll stick w/ green screen until the "volume" prices come down. And even then, I won't use it for camera work, I'll use it for video games. Long live Skyrim.

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  • So it an update on old movie techniques that date back over 90 years that used to blend rear projection,front projection,mirrors, miniatures,and real objects for actors to interact with.

  • 1:19 Oh I’m glad that put subtitles for that bit I didn’t know what she said!!

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  • Wow, holodeck is invented in 2020

  • For most creators this won't replace green screens until the price comes down to that of green screens.

  • This is good for major studios but for small studios and for home do it yourselfers we need green screens.

  • It is now cheaper to go on location and shoot in real progress. Too much extra stuff just to increase film budgets$$$

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  • Next step...Holodecks! But seriously, I can see an evolution of this volume where the actor is on a treadmill so that he can actually run instead of having to stay in one place.

  • Just compare the original saga and prequel saga they all lead up to each other same green screen created is the brain bar George got when he got a computer💻

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  • Replacing the green screen? Not for a LONG while.

  • What brand or tech provider are the panels used in those backgrounds? Anybody knows?

  • Okay this was extremely interesting.

  • Mandalorian is the reason I'm still subscribed to Disney+

  • And she's still using green background in this video 🤦

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  • Mandalorian is the reason I'm still subscribed to Disney+

  • there's no way this will catch on - the desire for infinite control in post will remain


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  • Green Screen Editor who work for living: "OMG.. I will be doomed.."

  • i wouldnt say green screen are going away anytime soon. they are still very useful in many ways. this new technology is another option. but i dont think it will replace it.

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  • this is GREAT! How much does this technology cost tho??????

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  • Why do people still incorrectly call this green or blue screen? It's called chroma keying.

  • A heavily used technology by NASA and the Space Station. astro-not's.

  • Its kinda funny because people used to film infront of projectors back in the day for a more rudimentary version of this effect, but it never looked quite right.

  • thats one heck of an electricity bill. its evolving only backward

    • Maybe it's more efficient doing it "on the fly", than spending months on post production and special effects Not sure though :)

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  • That explains why everything looks so real, but green screen still is the basics for many small studios

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  • The video was good but I think it was ironic the video editor was on a 5fps video call lol

  • She sounds like she's about to cry when she talks

  • This is the new green screen but not everyone can do this in their homes

  • Mandalorian is the reason I'm still subscribed to Disney+

  • Ultimate combo: VFX > EDITING> FILMING

  • Ok ok ok, hear me out, but is this a possible precursor to a Holodeck? Maybe not in the traditional Star Trek sense yet but definitely in a sense this is what the holodeck would be if it appeared in the 21st century

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  • I saw "beautiful Minecraft" in 4:32 on the shelf

  • Imagine using this for video games..... total immersion

  • Holodeck tech is fast approaching..🤔

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  • Me: How much the technology price compare to green screen? Her: Your house.

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  • ...The Mandalorian still also utilizes green screen. I think green screen will always have a place because of the amount of control it gives. Some shots still need post-production beyond just replacing the background. Don't get me wrong, I think these tools are absolutely amazing and will continue open up great new possibilities for film and video, but for anyone who doesn't have hundreds of thousands of dollars for these LED walls, shooting like The Mandalorian will not be realistic for some time. The green screen is still a great tool, it's all about the end product.

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  • imagine living with this woman. Sounds like she crying all day

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  • Very interesting video thanks.

  • Prototype Holodeck?

  • it reminds me of the hunger games 'dome'

  • Video call Quality at 1:00 is still as bad as 1999. 144p and 2fps. I think in Germany we will think in 2030 about this technology. Germany movie technology is really bad.

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  • Fantastic.

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  • In other words, there is more effort being put in the lighting, reflected lighting, shading, and color matching for this show than there was put in for the entire movie Phantom Menace.

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  • we came back to the "gone with the wind era" :) They had a big canvas as background, now an led screen

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  • if the object is to simulate reality perfectly, then this is a positive development. Its kind of a super-fraud :-)

  • Green Screen is super tricky. If it is not a hard color & soft shadow, expect to see some strangeness. You need a sweet spot, and the cameras had better be high precision & definition. Chroma Key is unforgiving because it can't fully determine all the small pixels nor is it smart enough to read our minds.

  • But why do you have to show us a very bad green/blue screen yoda examples just to tell us how great (and expensive) is the new method?

  • the new technology Is actually going to those places

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  • the future is now! ... this is the way

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  • wow, thats absoloutely awesome. I'd love to work in compositing that way.

  • This is nothing new in cinematography. In the 40-50's they used the projection screen to film the characters in the car. In the back of the car was a screen where the road was projected. The ideea is old. They only improved the tech. No so impressed.

  • How long would it take before anyone can buy something like this? In that case, the possibilities are endless.

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  • Brilliant video. I find this stuff fascinating

  • It's also great for the actors, because instead of having to imagine for instance, "a big scary explosion in a mile's radius" they can actually see it, which makes their acting more convincing.

  • interesting but I have no idea how much cost such tech could have and how long will take to be available for the rest of us, in the other hand 3D software is becoming more and more powerful day by day and can have less cost just develop a movie with 3d models without using actors at all, I believe is probably the way things are going right now because 3d engines right now have hyper-realistic HD resolution I am not sure but in the case of the Mandolarian the cost could be decrease is they use just 3D models and the 3D software will deal with the lighting colors reflections etc

  • New way not a replacement

  • this is the coolest thing I have seen, that would be EPIC to be there, just imagine playing around with it, t would be so fun

  • *If you have that led panels you can still use green screen technology by making led screens green. 2in1 tech.*

  • I am making a $10 Dollar sci-fi movie using a $30 green screen

  • Affordable for home use?

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