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Old June 5th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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Buying a green screen, and some lights

Howdy. I'm in the market for a green screen, and I'll also need some lights. I read a thread or two that recommended the green screens, and they do look nice. But is there anywhere else that may have options as well? I'm also looking for lights. I can probably just look around at store like Wally World, but I wanted to check if there was anything that I needed to look out for from everyone here.

Also, I'll need some curtains! So, that makes it a green screen, lights, and some curtains :)
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Old June 6th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hi Jared, I have the EEFX greenscreen and it does work out to be better than the typical green muslin cloth type greenscreen. It is also less wrinkle prone and you can walk on it without ruining it.

Lighting a greenscreen is a whole other topic. You definitely want broad diffused light hitting the screen that's the same color temperature that you will light your subject with. I don't think you can get by with the home depot lights without extra hassles in post. 500w tungsten photofloods seem to work the best for me.

Have fun!
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Old June 6th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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Les is right, theres a lot of good info. If I was going to sum up though:

1. GS - the more is "holds" light and spreads it evenly, the better. You can get away with a cheaper GS but it'll take you longer to hand and light
2. Lights: if you can, go daylight, digital will give you a better key. You need to be able to meter your backdrop versus your talent well too. Make sure your reflected reading is even across and you have at least a stop at very min up or down vs foreground. I prefer kinos for lighting.
3. Curtains, no ideas :)
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Old June 17th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #5
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The best greenscreens in the world are from Composite Components in LA. They're not cheap, but they more than make up for themselves in the post time you'll save. The screens are almost supernaturally green, and nearly light themselves. See attached.

If you want to really goose up the greenscreen, gel your greenscreen lights with Lee 738 as I describe in this thread. Or use the green fluorescent tubes from Composite Components or KinoFlo.

And of course, good software can't hurt.
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