Green Screens Everywhere… What Will Remain From Filmmaking?
It is one thing to use green screens for, say, the fantasy TV show Game of Thrones or minimum key inserts on TV -often related to screen inserts or action scenes, but what they did on Ugly Betty -and I am now wondering on how many more ‘regular’ shows- is an entire other story.
See for yourself how green screen has become a key component in shooting an New-York based/Los Angeles shot TV show (and possibly freak out a bit) :
I have never watched Ugly Betty so it’s hard for me to say if the heavy use of green screen has an impact on the viewer’s experience, but my first thoughts while watching the video went to the actors, the technicians and the ‘director’ this time.
Because it felt depressing as hell.
Of course I understand the exciting possibilities this technique offers for writers with ambitious storytelling in mind and producers who want to save more money, but who went into acting or directing thinking: ‘I want to pretend I am on a Brooklyn Bridge and spend my day filming in a green screened room!’
And to makes things worse, this video has been uploaded in 2009, which feels like a decade ago technology-speaking.
With post-production costs dropping by the minute, chances are this is already a widely spread custom and will just keep growing, until the day where filmmaking will be a synonym of staying in a closed and natural-light-free room all day, from Monday to Friday.
For a fresh update on what is going in the VFX industry and how it will [is] affecting the filmmaking industry, don’t miss out the State of VFX by Scott Squires and Scott Ross
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