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Green Screens and Screenings

Carmen, Cinema/TV | Originally Published: 4/11/2018

It's Spring in the Cinema and Television Department! 

In Cinema 33 we make two short films, and for my first movie of the semester I decided to incorporate a green screen. Green screens are cool because you can film someone in one place, and it can look like they’re anywhere. There are definitely some challenges though! One of the most important things to do is to make sure the green screen is lit evenly and there are no spaces or wrinkles on the screen, and then light the subject in front of the screen separately. Fortunately at our school we have a green screen room that is set up specifically for this purpose.

Green Screen Room at LACC

My first movie of the semester is a mockumentary called “A Chicken From the Factories,” about a chicken named Baby Delma, who provides insight into her survival and outlook after escaping from chicken factories and later becoming a pop star.  

Stills from 'A Chicken from the Factories'

With every movie I make or work on I learn so much more than what could be taught, but I have a foundation to be able to figure out how it should be made, and solve issues that come up along the way.

I acted in one of my classmate’s movies "Tri, Chilly, and Ava," a couple weeks ago and got to use Kung Fu on my friend William. Fake blood was squirting out everywhere! For that movie we used practical effects as well as wearing some bright green accessories in order to add items later using green screen techniques. The post-production effects we learned in editing class definitely become useful when the imagination is at work!

Stills from 'Tri, Chilly, and Ava'

One of my favorite things about being in Cinema and Television school at LACC is screening days. During screenings we get to see all of the movies everyone in our class has made. It’s so inspiring to see the creativity of my classmates and plan our next movies together!


About The Author

Carmen is an actress, filmmaker, and student in the the cinema and television department at LACC. She enjoys playing guitar, doing yoga, and going to Dodgers games with her husband. She plans on taking Hollywood by storm, and making great movies for years to come!