DIY Green Screen for Film: Creating Surreal Visual Effects skillshare originals badge

Paul Trillo, Filmmaker

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12 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Basics of Green Screen

    • 3. Coming Up With Your Concept

    • 4. Green Screen Materials

    • 5. Lighting and Camera Setup

    • 6. Shooting Green Screen

    • 7. Editing Basics: Removing the Green

    • 8. Getting Weird

    • 9. Refining Your Key

    • 10. Infinite Mirror Effect

    • 11. Motion Tracking

    • 12. Wrap Up

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About This Class

It's time to rethink visual effects! This one-hour class with 11-time Vimeo Staff Pick film director Paul Trillo takes you inside his process for using green screens in unique and artistic ways.

Using only a piece of green card stock, a picture frame, a digital camera, and Adobe After Effects, Paul walks through how to create a “window into another world” through video.

Perfect for filmmakers, video editors, aspiring directors, visual effects artists, and anyone looking to learn how green screen works, this class breaks it down into easy steps:

  • coming up with a creative green screen concept 
  • lighting and shooting your green screen scene 
  • editing your footage in After Effects to remove the green 
  • replacing the green with a variety of wacky things 
  • creating an "infinite looping mirror" effect 

As a bonus, Paul even teaches motion tracking, so that the footage inside your picture frame moves along with the rest of the scene.

You’ll leave this class with not only a fundamental understanding of green screen production and post-production, but also the inspiration you need to unlock a surreal look and feel in your next video project.


Note: a base level understanding of Adobe After Effects is recommended before jumping in. Here are some fun classes by Jake Bartlett to get you started.