I often get asked how we did the green screen in our films. And while the answer is not very simple, one thing that you really need to get right to make the effect work is a good setup. I drew this diagram on Google Drive for somebody today and I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else might find it useful. Enjoy!
It was recently brought to our attention that the new Computer character in Month of the Novel Season 2 is not unlike Malfhok in appearance. You remember Malfhok, right? He was the floating head who played a pretty large role in iSundae, plus he had a cameo appearance in iSundae II. We jumped through all sorts of special effects hoops to make him work, and we pretty much ended the iSundae films vowing never to do something like that again.
And yet, here we are, about five years later, doing something like that again. What have we learned? What’s different?
First off, the green screen is reversed, if you will. With Malfhok, we shot the character on green screen, then added him to the background plate in post-production.
A lot has been written on the subject of how to share Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) projects. Some say it can’t be done. Others say it can be done, just with caveats. I’m here to tell you that after much experimentation, I have figured out how to make FCP X do pretty near precisely what FCP 7 does for media management.
Let me set up what I need to do. My upcoming project, Month of the Novel Season 2, is planned to be edited on FCP X by two editors, myself and my co-editor Ruth. We are both long-time users of FCP 7, and we used it to edit Season 1 of the show. Before we could switch to FCP X, I needed to find out if a few things were still possible. Here’s our workflow from Season 1 that we’re hoping to keep for Season 2:
- Shoot the series in Georgia. While there, load the footage to Ruth’s computer.
- I travel back to my home state, Illinois, with a copy of the project and media on my external drive.
- Ruth and I share project files back and forth as we cut episodes and review each other’s work, making changes on either end.
Ruth and I are very collaborate editors. We often make changes to each other’s edits, and we tend to divide work according to individual strengths when it comes to creating additional media such as titles, visual effects, and so forth.
This posed a problem where FCP X was concerned. I had been led to believe from the sharing tutorials I’d found that it was impossible to add media to a shared project after initially copying the event. I didn’t want to deal with making a new event to send every time I added another file to the project, but that seemed to be the only option. But it’s not! I recently spent a few hours extensively testing how FCP X handles sharing, simulating two different computers with a couple of external hard drives that I could completely unmount. Here’s what I found out.
We’ve been posting up a storm lately over at the Month of the Novel blog. There have been interviews with the cast and crew, concept art designs, and now it’s time to post about our Indiegogo fundraising campaign.
This is new ground for the Phantom Moose crew. We’re doing a fundraiser for the first time. We’d appreciate it if you’d help make our first time great, because we are really excited about the possibilities added by some extra production budget. Check out the full blog post, then head over to our Indiegogo page to see how you can help us make our best production yet.
Hello, everybody! I’d like to invite you to visit my new website, Fix My Story. It’s going to be the new home of Finding the Core of Your Story, and I’m also doing some blogging about storytelling over there. Right now, it’s the place to see the cover for the revised and expanded edition of Finding the Core of Your Story, so go check it out.
We’ll still be here on Phantom Moose blogging about our filmmaking adventures. This site isn’t closing down, not by a long shot. We’re still making movies and we can’t wait for you to see what’s next.