We got the call from our partner, The Digital Shoebox, to set-up an interview for their client Accenture Malaysia. We were to interview Charles Ireland, Managing Director of Guiness Anchor Berhad, the market leader of the Malaysian beer and stout industry. As the countdown to the interview session drew close, we were told it must be shot over a green screen.
You are in for a treat as we managed to produce a timelapse film of our green screen setup but coverage of the interview session itself is sparse. We had to shut off the timelapse during the interview. The camera’s shutter would register in the audio recording.
The reason for a green screen set-up is so that the background (which is green) can be easily removed and replaced with another. Easily removed… if the cinematographer’s lighting set-up is good, really good.
We had another much more challenging project involving a ballerina in front of a green screen in Ballerina Green Screen Cinematography for Originex.
During an interview session, the talent’s movement are negligible. In contrast, a ballerina’s fluid, exaggerated moves can only be cleanly isolated if the green screen is skillfully lit.
The lighting wasn’t so much an issue as directing the talent to talk with conviction in response to the questions he is asked. Another equally, if not more important factor is recording clean, crisp, clear audio in a room that isn’t soundproofed.
As usual, we chose the Sony FS100 over any HDSLR because the colour sampling on a video camera is much higher. This high colour detail makes the visual effects artist much easier as less time is wasted trying to isolate the subject from the background.
The interview session took part at Guiness Anchor Berhad (yes, this is where they make the famous beverage). Our green screen had to be transported from the studio and set-up on-location.
As you can see from the photos, getting a green screen from one place to another is not an easy task. Thanks to Ma Chiau Ran, our cinematographer, the crucial lighting and overall shoot was a success.
Back in the studio, the audio recorded on the set was crystal as predicted, thanks to our Sennheiser wireless and H4N audio system. We were told visual effects (removal of the green) is to be done in the United Kingdom, so, time to ship the High Definition out.