Whenever I heard Green Screen, I always thought of cheesy effects in 80s Sci Fi movies (bad anti-alias artifacts and plenty of wires). Sure movies like Avatar easily blur the line between reality and something else, but it was the video below which really opened my eyes. You would be surprised how common Green Screen use is in every day TV dramas and comedies.
Stargate Studios is one of the leading special effects houses in Hollywood and has worked with every major Television Network and Film Studio. (They are responsible for many of the special effect shots in NBC’s Heroes.) Founded by award-winning cinematographer Sam Nicholson, Stargate offers a “Virtual Backlot” to turn Green Screen shots into breath-taking realistic cinema. Stargate uploaded the following 2009 Sample Reel on YouTube which shows the original Green Screen shot and the final processed image. It’s an eye-opener!