Greenscreen interviews with war veterans

The last time I’ve been involved in a number of interviews for War Veterans. The veterans tell their stories in front of a greenscreen, and I’ve been working with keying and coloring of the interviews.

Interviews for a greenscreen looks easier than it is. Put someone in front of a green screen, position your camera and you can start. In practice, you encounter a lot of technical things that can bring the whole shot in danger, or make it great.

1. Screen
The best way to use a greenscreen for keying afterwards, is to hang it tight and illuminate evenly. Why is this so important? The screen (or in our case the ‘canvas’) contains many shades once there are folds that cause shadows. This ensures that the bright green color can’t be properly keyed away during the post-production phase.

2. Lighting
Besides that the cloth should be well lighted, you surely want your character to come out well. If you do not use lights the person will disappear into the background and eventually feel very flat in the end result. To achieve more depth, we often use a three-point lighting.

3. The interview
Here comes the hardest part, working with the characters. You never know if your character is used to a camera and lights in his or her face. So it is the job of the interviewer or director to give clear instructions: “Look in the camera (or the interviewer), pause between your sentences and articulate!”.

Everything that happens on the set can be seen on the footage. Studio Louter has done a good job, and taken their time for the technical stuff and the stories of the war veterans. The interviews are surely worth to watch!

See the final results on the Dutch Veteranday website.

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War veteran – Korea War