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TV's Green Screen Revolution Is Here (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 19th 2011 2:00PM
As savvy television fans already know, many shows do not shoot on location. Seeing TV characters walk down Broadway in New York does not mean they were actually there. In fact, chances are they weren't even in the Big Apple, or even within thousands of feet of it.

It's getting even easier for television studios to create locations or backdrops thanks to green screen technology, and TV is taking as much (if not more) advantage of green screen as movies. And we're not just talking about the science fiction shows. Some series that set in the real world are actually shooting in some warehouse or vacant lot.

You'd think avid TV watchers could pick out the fake backdrops. However, this compilation from Stargate Studios proves that you'll be wrong more than you're right. With this company's advanced Virtual Backlot technology, they can turn a green screen into the Space Needle or an empty night sky into New York's bright skyline.

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Yup, I passed it to my friends last time they posted it.

In some cases green screening can look good.
In other cases it ends up being the final season of 24. I'd long since given up on 24 (Jack comes from an evil family? Really? Off my DVR!) but the girl I was dating loved it. You'd think that'd be a good reason to return, but the awful CGI and green screening of NYC was unbearable. The lighting never matched. The shots were always chosen around making the illusion work (it didn't) rather than the scene/action interesting. And often the camera and background motion seemed out of synch.

So 24 went to NYC and filmed on green screens to save money. As a result I couldn't watch. It was far too distracting.

February 20 2011 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK, this is weird. Tvsquad posted the same news (albeit a different writer) a year ago almost to the day (only one day):

February 19 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really cool video. Green screen tech has improved so much over the years.

February 19 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's pretty impressive. Who knew it'd be easier or cheaper for them to green screen someone walking down the street than actually filming it.

February 19 2011 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DiMeo

How is this news???????????????

February 19 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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