How To Light Green Screen Series: Lighting A Moving Subject

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  7 Minutes of Instructional Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the -Scenes Stills and Side by Side Comparison for better instruction

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IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  In this installment, Shane Hurlbut, ASC goes through the process of lighting a dynamic subject in front of a green screen using white Kino Flo tubes and Maxi lights. You’ll learn how to set a good key light, see why Super-Green tubes don’t actually brighten your green screen more than other lights, and determine how to best light your screen to give the sense that your scene is being lit by ambient light. You’ll also get a few tips and tricks for pulling focus along the way!

Whether you want to shoot a moving spokesperson selling baby oil or an actor running away from a giant explosion on Jupiter, this is where you’re going to learn the essentials of shooting a mobile subject in front of a green screen from a pro!

  • How to light a highly mobile subject on green screen.
  • How to balance light intensity between your green screen and your key light.
  • Why Super-Green tubes only appear to light a green screen brighter.
  • How to give the green screen the appearance of being lit by ambient light.


<<<Shane R>>> This is a great Lesson! I wish everyone took as much care to light the green screen and my job would be much easier!
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Amr Nazeer 1 days ago

Hello Shane, can we do the same setup with yellow tubes instead of white ones? will that have any effect on the green screen key?

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    30 days ago

      @Amr Nazeer Hi Amr, You can light a screen with tungsten tubes, daylight tubes or green tubes. The green tubes are super specific and you cannot have your actors walk around on the green screen world. So I prefer either tungsten or daylight for walking around on the screen and moving within the green environments