Bluescreen on a Budget

For almost no cost, and with a little care, a homemade bluescreen can enable you to create shots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. Software has improved to the point where even Mini DV footage creates good results, as long as you build a good quality, evenly lit bluescreen. Home-built bluescreen studios (which can be packed away when not in use), are frequently used on low-budget films, and even in commercials and corporate videos.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to build your own bluescreen studio; one that gives you great results in minimum time. By using matchmove markers you'll be able to film handheld shots and camera moves around your actor, a technique normally reserved for the wealthiest studios. Finally, we'll show you how to composite your actor into a 3D scene in After Effects.

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