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A Walk in the Wild - More Greenscreen Madness

 
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Aug 10, 2010 20:08 |  #1

Last month, I had a great response to this image which was shot on our greenscreen stage and composited over a background we had photographed the previous night.

To further test the limits of what we could do I decided to take a step further and composite a model into a completely computer generated landscape. I turned to one of the finest landscape artists on the planet, Frank Basinski (Portfolio (external link)), for help. We collaborated for a few days on a concept then got to work.

I shot a test plate with my favorite stand in/camera assistant/photographer​/girlfriend, Virginia (portfolio (external link)), just so we could get an idea of composition and so I could show Frank what the 35L looks like wide open. I wanted to mimic the properties of the 35L digitally as best as I could.

Test Plate (Despite how it appears, she really does enjoy being a stand in)

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Frank responded with a simple render
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From there, I cast the beautiful model Georgia-Grace Hays (Model Mayhem), selected a cool vintage dress from Revamp Vintage (external link), assembled my hair and makeup team Jason (Model Mayhem (external link)) & Kira (Model Mayhem (external link)) and started shooting.

Lighting the studio (12x12 silk overhead with two Profoto D1 500 monos blasting through it, 6x6 silk in front with one D1 250 for fill)
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Hair and makeup gets Georgia ready
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Finally shooting! Jason loves to get hands on with the wind machine.
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After shooting a variety of poses and a selection of closeups to keep my hair and makeup team happy we called it a wrap. Total shooting time in studio: 33 minutes.

From here, I collaborated with Frank further, arrived at a final image, then I got to work compositing. I decided to use Apple Motion rather than Photoshop because it turned out to be easier to manipulate the depth of field and create the 35L lens look I wanted. It also allowed me to create 3D lighting and really find a mood for the image since the landscape Frank gave me looked great but was lit very flat (just like I told him to do). Lastly, editing in Apple Motion allows me to use the incredibly awesome Primatte keyer. This is hands down the fastest, easiest, and most realistic way to perform a greenscreen. It does everything including spill suppression in one click. Getting this good of a key in CS5 would have took some time and patience.

Manipulating the layers in Apple Motion
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Final image:
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Well let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions.

Final Credits:
Photography: Teddy Smith, Terragen Landscape Artist: Frank Basinski, Model: Georgia-Grace Hays
Hair: Jason Keller, Makeup: Kira Renne Thigpen,
Dress provided by ReVamp Vintage
Image of crows fighting by Sebastian Knop, used with permission.

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Aug 10, 2010 20:20 |  #2

Looks like a fun project :cool: Thanks for posting the processes behind the scene ;)


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Aug 10, 2010 20:29 |  #3

Yes, it is always great to see how work is put together! Thank you.


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Aug 10, 2010 20:34 |  #4

Damn Teddy. That's a pretty cool image. Another excellent piece of work.

Keep it coming.

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Aug 10, 2010 20:54 |  #5

AWESOME ! Great work. Looks like a ton of fun.


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Aug 11, 2010 09:44 |  #6

congrats, great results & lots of work...you all did an excelent job!
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Aug 11, 2010 14:14 |  #7

That does look like a lot of fun! I do video work as my proffession and have shot many, many GS shots. One thing might tell folks when presenting these is that it is oh so important that the model not be wearing any green either clothing, makeup or tats. It tends to leave holes in places that shouldn't have holes. That's easier to fix with a single image, but in video we tend to shoot a lot of images in just one second. To roto-scope out every frame of a 10 minute interview is a total budget buster.

I love the idea of this one. And your PP skills are amazing! I like the "Sin City" image better, but this one is very cool too. My only complaint is that "Dorthy" seems a bit small in this frame. Crows are large birds, but they seem to be the size of Golden Eagles here. I think if the model was a touch larger in the frame it would work better and seem a bit more, "real."

Thanks for the very in-depth post on your work flow and behind the scenes.


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Aug 11, 2010 15:07 |  #8

ChasWG wrote in post #10702550 (external link)
That does look like a lot of fun! I do video work as my proffession and have shot many, many GS shots. One thing might tell folks when presenting these is that it is oh so important that the model not be wearing any green either clothing, makeup or tats. It tends to leave holes in places that shouldn't have holes. That's easier to fix with a single image, but in video we tend to shoot a lot of images in just one second. To roto-scope out every frame of a 10 minute interview is a total budget buster.

Shiny earrings are the worst greenscreen disaster..


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Aug 11, 2010 15:08 |  #9

Awesome!




  
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Aug 16, 2010 13:09 |  #10

Finished a closeup shot and a new wide with smaller crows, more details added and a bit better lighting.

The hair strands on the closeup was easy with my method of creating a new layer, desaturating that layer, then using the overlay function with a mask.

Hair like this on a greenscreen is usually a nightmare...

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...but not a problem by using the overlay function over a desaturated layer.
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Finished closeup shot:
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New wide shot:
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Aug 21, 2010 13:28 |  #11

Amazing piece of work as always Teddy.

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Aug 21, 2010 15:16 |  #12

thanx for the explanation man!!! Nice one...


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