Sunday, 13 March 2011
Green screening the Ring Master
After much deliberation and consultation we decided to give green screening a try. This would enable us to place our puppet directly into the footage we had already made and avoid any continuity problems with the song jumping as we edited our action.
Once this was done we created a booth at a height that was comfortable for us to operate the puppet. Extensive use of gaffer tape ensured the frame remained rigid, held by bamboo struts against the wooden sides.
We cut three holes into the felt, one for the back and one for each arm. The video camera was set up on a tripod infront of the booth ensuring the whole of the booth was visible.
The curtains looked fantastic however when it came to editing the movie they proved too difficult to mask into the final production.
Once we had the replacement footage we reduced it to only the action we might use with imovie and then imported this into Final Cut Pro.