Chroma key and me. Also, hi all…

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    • #37437

      Hi all,

      im newly registered to this community, but i did do some lurking here and at couple other forums. This one seems like its full of proffessionals and students (such as myself) and everyone seems very helpful, and most importantly,willing to help to boot!

      So im a film student at my local JC, and am trying to get ahead of the curb. I knew a lot going in, but im learning a lot more as i go. I made my first two minute film which ill post a link to later on (its very, very ameature. Would love to get contructive criticism on it).

      My next film is due sometime in july and im already revving up production, even as this semester is not over. Its an ambitious little sci-fi project.

      A quick pitch would be, “astronaut gets sucked into space, and cannot be saved nor killed and spacesuit will keep her alive for weeks. Her life flashes before her eyes, but she is lucid for so long that her(potential) life after the shuttle mission begins to flash before her eyes, and eventually lives a fullfilling life and even experiences what she imagined heaven would be, in the 3 1/2 weeks she is dying”

      So i saw the chroma key kit at (

      I was going to shoot at a higher frame-rate and play it back in slow mo to simulate weightlessness (its unrealistic, but most audience members do not know this and actually expect people to move like this in outerspace. I beleive they used this technique in 2001:A Space Odysee, and more recently in Danny Boyles “Sunshine”), and also suspend my actress with cables.

      I was then going to photoshop a high resolution “starry” background to replace with a chroma key, and light her with blue gels (to simulate darkness).

      thing is, this is all theory right now, and i do not have the experience to know if this will work, or how it will look. Its months before i start shooting, but something like this can really put me on top of the class, and i can get a good reccomendation for film school, so i want to stop making films where it appears as if im learning as i shoot, and start making films that look proffessional, and achieve the artistic expression im gunning for.

      so, Can anyone give me any pointers, to get a nice effect? Also, does anyone know how to erase the suspension cables?

      I will be shooting with a canon XL-2, on 24p and 16:9 aspect ratio, and editing on AVID on a mac. I have two key lights and a soft box. Im building myslef the now-famous “$14 steadicam”, and am getting and modifying this spacesuit (

      also thinking about getting a kessler crane (8 footer), but not sure i need it just yet. (key word is “need”. i already wrote a crane shot into the script, but i dont absolutely “need” it).

      Thanks for all your time fellas!


    • #165941

      Before you start spending money on chromokey gear go here: http://www.markapsolon.comalso do a youtube search for Mark Apsolon he seems to be a master at chromokeying and has some great teaching videos. also has nice prices on video gear.

    • #165942

      thanks, these videos are helping a lot!

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