Asked • 03/14/19

How does green screening work with green objects?

A question that has been on my mind for so long is: How exactly does green screening work with an object to vanish? Short example: Normal green screens as a background are replaced with an image the viewer sees, like a news show where they show the weather. The weather-man stands infront of the greenscreen and presents the weather - while the greenscreen is replaced with actual information, kinda simple. But how does it work when a real scene is filmed and only an object should be replaced with the actual background staying intact? I saw a still-image from a Harry Potter film where Hermione got a book in her hand which is being picked up by a green hand, so the hand could be removed later so the book looks like it is floating. How does the computer 'know' the background behind the hand? Its kinda hard to explain and I cant draw or show you what I mean since i'm posting via phone. Imagine the camera shot as a 2D Image - Hermione with the book in her hand and the green hand receiving and grabbing the book. As you film this, the hand is opaquing the background it is infront from. Since the hand is removed later, the background will be shown since there is no more hand to see (removed because of the effect for the movie) How is it possible to see the background? Is the scene once filmed without the hand and then again with the Hand to forge two images together in the end? I hope I explained it right so you can help me with that, it's really interesting and bugging me at the same time.

3 Answers By Expert Tutors


David A. answered • 09/07/19

Professor at University of Las Vegas FILM SCHOOL.

Patrick V. answered • 09/03/19

Cinematic Writing for TV, Film and Theatre

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