The technology that’s replacing the green screen

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The green screen is a Hollywood staple. Should it be?
It’s easy to complain about overreliance on special effects, but for projects that require impossible-to-film environments or have incredibly expensive shots, how do you get the flexibility of green screens without the drawbacks?
Charmaine Chan has worked on one of the possible answers. Vox's Phil Edwards spoke to her about her career and how it's at the forefront of a big technological shift. As a compositor for venerable effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), she’s worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling various digital elements into a beautiful, seamless image. Her job changed on The Mandalorian, one of the first shows to use ILM’s upgrade for the green screen: LED panels that used video game engine technology to place a realistic-looking world behind the actors.
It was a huge improvement, because green screens actually have a lot of drawbacks. Removing the green screen is never as quick as visual effects artists would hope. It also casts green light upon the set and actors. Even substitutes for a green screen, like projecting an image onto a screen behind the actor, fail to dynamically respond to camera movements the way they would in the real world.
ILM’s solution fixes a lot of those problems, and it also led to creative breakthroughs in which the old Hollywood order of a TV show or movie, in which VFX came last, was suddenly reversed. Now, artists like Charmaine are alongside actors, set designers, and other crew members during filming. That collaboration means that this technology doesn’t just eliminate a screen - it eliminates a creative barrier.
Watch the above video to see how it happens.
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dude no Օր առաջ
@Preston Ak i made it 8 you’re welcome :)
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7 likes, that’s not normal it should be at 8
DE BEER 9 րոպե առաջ
How long would it take before anyone can buy something like this? In that case, the possibilities are endless.
Vitor Albuquerque de Paula
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TheRubberStudiosASMR 7 ժամ առաջ
Brilliant video. I find this stuff fascinating
Cruz Froehlich
Cruz Froehlich 7 ժամ առաջ
It's also great for the actors, because instead of having to imagine for instance, "a big scary explosion in a mile's radius" they can actually see it, which makes their acting more convincing.
EdoArt 13 ժամ առաջ
interesting but I have no idea how much cost such tech could have and how long will take to be available for the rest of us, in the other hand 3D software is becoming more and more powerful day by day and can have less cost just develop a movie with 3d models without using actors at all, I believe is probably the way things are going right now because 3d engines right now have hyper-realistic HD resolution I am not sure but in the case of the Mandolarian the cost could be decrease is they use just 3D models and the 3D software will deal with the lighting colors reflections etc
Jiro 15 ժամ առաջ
New way not a replacement
Bryce Wentzel
Bryce Wentzel 17 ժամ առաջ
this is the coolest thing I have seen, that would be EPIC to be there, just imagine playing around with it, t would be so fun
Eye of Sauron
Eye of Sauron 22 ժամ առաջ
*If you have that led panels you can still use green screen technology by making led screens green. 2in1 tech.*
hackLAB 23 ժամ առաջ
I am making a $10 Dollar sci-fi movie using a $30 green screen
hackLAB 23 ժամ առաջ
Affordable for home use?
the great finn
the great finn Օր առաջ
this is soooo goood!!, but the way she speaks kinda irritates me idk whyyy
Zeksteve Օր առաջ
A holodeck
SSS SSS Օր առաջ
The music could be a bit less dramatic man
More Spencer
More Spencer Օր առաջ
i like how shes does vfx for a living but her camera outputs at 15fps
Stratus Above
Stratus Above Օր առաջ
The world that the children made.
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien Օր առաջ
Don't give all NASA's Secrets away
Cyrus Esfahani
Cyrus Esfahani Օր առաջ
Man ILM never stops innovating, well done
Nikolaos Skordilis
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Do LED panels of a high enough resolution already exist that when viewing the show on a large (70+") 4K screen their pixels will not be discerned? Or do the show creators use LED panels of a more reasonable pixel density but take care not to get the camera too close to them - and perhaps if/when they do they use a softening filter to smooth out the pixels? The idea sounds great, but I suppose it can only work if the combined pixel density of the LED panels & shooting distance is greater than the combined pixel density of the largest TV sets & the viewing distance of the audience. Otherwise softening/blurring filters would need to be used, but those decrease clarity and sharpness. If 4K LED panels of Օր առաջ
later, it will be like a projection dome in startrek.
Micah Օր առաջ
Must be trippy when the camera moves...
Max Films
Max Films Օր առաջ
Ok. Fantastic. Amateur filmmaking is dead. That's all folks!
FeDrO Ufficiale
FeDrO Ufficiale Օր առաջ
I mean it's not a new technology but it was done in other ways
Lauren Rebec
Lauren Rebec 2 օր առաջ
First off when you dropped the light on baby yoda I almost lost it with laughter!! haaha Amazing video I am completely beyond blowwwww away!! Inspired isn't even the word! I am so ready to dive more into this new coming technology. Its really just projection upgraded! Open to chat with anyone else who cant help but to talk about it! Sorry I have no friends that are interested in this stuff haha!
much expensive
Niall Moran
Niall Moran 2 օր առաջ
The Truman Show
Reprogramming Mind
Reprogramming Mind 2 օր առաջ
Five to ten minutes!
Diosa Mamii
Diosa Mamii 2 օր առաջ
All this for a tiny movie
Sid Sid
Sid Sid 2 օր առաջ
Guys this is a too complex for a home or small studio, granted that the production quality is going to be better, a skillful vfx magician will know how to achieve similar results, & cost is always problem.
Kauri Channel
Kauri Channel 2 օր առաջ
if only paints are made of micro led that changes color
Spencer Young
Spencer Young 2 օր առաջ
Can't wait to see this tech come to consumers so NakeyJakey can have memes all around him on his yoga ball.
Jessie Marshall Jr
Jessie Marshall Jr 2 օր առաջ
Didn’t Ray Bradbury make a novel about something similar to this? Lol
Haris Bennington
Haris Bennington 2 օր առաջ
Just do it in iMovie
Diving Up
Diving Up 2 օր առաջ
beautiful minecraft?
JJ K 2 օր առաջ
4:30 NO!!!!!! lol nice acting
Zaktron 2 օր առաջ
This makes me want to check the walls of my room, just to make sure they're not LED panels.
Truth Seeker
Truth Seeker 2 օր առաջ
Digital enlightenment
Paul Freedman
Paul Freedman 2 օր առաջ
Stunningly brilliant.
Jpaul Getty productions
Jpaul Getty productions 2 օր առաջ
I have zero respect for those who contributed to Artemis Foul
Control Televisión
Control Televisión 2 օր առաջ
So this was just an ad for The Mandalorian, wasn't it?
Snooks 3 օր առաջ
though with this all VFX has to be planned and implemented ahead of time and you can't mess up anything or the whole thing needs to be reshot. probably works better for TV than movies
the demons
the demons 3 օր առաջ
imagine gaming on this screen
Moses Ramirez
Moses Ramirez 3 օր առաջ
This is really just a digital equivalent to the matte paintings used in the original Star Wars, which would help (partly) explain how the feel of The Mandalorian is so close to its source material.
Daniel Green
Daniel Green 3 օր առաջ
I don’t like how industrial light and Magic do films that aren’t under the Disney umbrella like Aqua-man. Stop helping the competition!
binbows225 3 օր առաջ
what are you even saying
OldGamerMusic 3 օր առաջ
The technology that NO ONE CAN AFFORD
Zeksteve Օր առաջ
Cheaper than flying 3 dozen people halfway across the world
Evaldas Klupsas
Evaldas Klupsas 3 օր առաջ
🔥🔥very interesting🔥🔥
Maurizio Abile
Maurizio Abile 3 օր առաջ
And she explained everything though a Green Screen
Teflon Smile
Teflon Smile 3 օր առաջ
Frame by frame!
Teflon Smile
Teflon Smile 3 օր առաջ
They have a room like this inside EXXONMOBIL headquarters 🔎🔥 one of 2 idea! Its very very unreal
Insane Cuckooman
Insane Cuckooman 3 օր առաջ
i hate the way she talks
Farhang Abdinzade
Farhang Abdinzade 3 օր առաջ
her sound is soooo anoyying omg i cant contineo
Oliver McFadden
Oliver McFadden 3 օր առաջ
this is an awesome creative solution! and now we don’t have to listen to mfers complain about how modern filmmaking killed film
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impooser 4 օր առաջ
8:22 of Californian vocal frying
Jordan Osburn
Jordan Osburn 4 օր առաջ
I’ve met Charmaine once presenting at my college campus, it was really amazing to see how much change these led panels would introduce to the visual effects world!
Julie Burke
Julie Burke 4 օր առաջ
I'm very surprised there is no mention of Epics Unreal Engine which is the real tech behind this Virtual Production process. Its also sad that real locations won't be necessary for future film making, photogrammetry of the world will replace the real thing.
Paul Cwick
Paul Cwick 4 օր առաջ
"It’s easy to complain about overreliance on special effects" With good reason. Too many contemporary movies appear to be 99.99% special effects, and maybe 0.01% intelligent thought put into plot, story-structure or character-development.
Ione Velasquez
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sebatian 4 օր առաջ
I hate asians.
wdavem 4 օր առաջ
This video is dripping with public relations. The technology is good. Like an improved rear projection. But the video is leaking public relations out of it's huh.
Umair Asghar
Umair Asghar 4 օր առաջ
have you ever tried the change background feature in skype or zoom?
GoofyTall 4 օր առաջ
The Volume? Don't you mean The Holodeck?
DoctorX17 4 օր առաջ
I have purple screen
fatarsemonkey 4 օր առաջ
So a modern version of what Stanley Kubrick did.
clay 2 օր առաջ
@fatarsemonkey Yeah you're right.
fatarsemonkey 2 օր առաջ
@clay Well, I was just implying it's not exactly ground breaking.
clay 2 օր առաջ
Yeah but much easier than what Stanley Kubrick did.
Mioumi 4 օր առաջ
How does one interact with an object that goes from the volume to the real scene without a cut?
durr clips
durr clips 4 օր առաջ
has it been used for anythin but static empty landscapes? Yeah ok standing in a desert is cool but this seems limited. You cant shoot anything where you need to move more than 15 feet
rowelle 4 օր առաջ
I understand this new technology is more efficient, but is it cost effective? Looks like it costs more to do this than to do green screen.
Alexandre Bugado
Alexandre Bugado 5 օր առաջ
so it is a real time -ray tr- green screen
Phil Christophers
Phil Christophers 5 օր առաջ
yeah I was okay till you started promoting 5G which is not good for humans come back to the human race
Luke Evans
Luke Evans 5 օր առաջ
Same technology used in 'Oblivion' 7 years ago
Damon Zap
Damon Zap 5 օր առաջ
my thoughts exactly. I was hoping someone wrote this in the comments selection. 🖖
Alan Smith
Alan Smith 5 օր առաջ
my question would be about the floor... how is that done to fit into the ocean?
ShortMovie Editor
ShortMovie Editor 5 օր առաջ
it would cost less to just like go to the actual spot and record
Linus Wärn
Linus Wärn 5 օր առաջ
Why haven't we invented high resolution conference calls yet?
Linus Wärn
Linus Wärn 4 օր առաջ
@GG-Private I have fiber broadband. I was referring to the woman's low res image.
GG-Private 4 օր առաջ
Your internet or LTE might not support affordable high res calls yet so no use using high res conference cams.
theacp127 5 օր առաջ
It's amazing that the studio who basically revolutionized key removal with the original Star Wars film is still innovating years later to create more amazing Star Wars content.
April Mintac Pineda
April Mintac Pineda 5 օր առաջ
So the "new" tech that will replace green screen editing because it's a better solution, is basically a tech of the past that they ditched for green screen? That's the equivalent of choosing the wrong guy and coming back crying 😂😂
Fun Film
Fun Film 5 օր առաջ
Is there a way to do this for us lower budget filmmakers, say like for only 1-2 million?
sK3LeTvM 5 օր առաջ
Nothing new. This technique has allready been used by Stanley Kubrick for filming A Space Odyssey. Though it was (rear) film projection instead of LED screens at that time.
Radu Caseti
Radu Caseti 5 օր առաջ
But they still eat pangolins...🤷🏿‍♂️
Casey Chisholm
Casey Chisholm 5 օր առաջ
Her BaSS
Her BaSS 5 օր առաջ
och X-Men Fight room
Alisa Komendova
Alisa Komendova 5 օր առաջ
When she talked about removing the uneven green screen frame by frame, I felt physically ill. They are the real heroes
Daniel Grove Photo
Daniel Grove Photo 5 օր առաջ
How do real camera movements translate or get measured and put in to the system so that the 3d renders correspond to the camera angle changes?
Green Moxy
Green Moxy 5 օր առաջ
Can you play call of duty on the LED screen?
Mr. Ant
Mr. Ant 5 օր առաջ
Before I knew about this I thought the mandalorian was filmed at real places around the world
Karolis Jurevicius
Karolis Jurevicius 5 օր առաջ
VFX is the least appreciated team in filmmaking when it comes to general audiences and mainstream films.
JBulsara A
JBulsara A 5 օր առաջ
However the screen they need to learn how to act right in front of a camera.
Sourish W.
Sourish W. 5 օր առաջ
I got a Verizon ad as soon as the main video ended, then got another vox sponsor speech lol
MrSaemichlaus 5 օր առաջ
Dis is da we.
hypnotic1979 6 օր առաջ
BOOOOOO 5G !!! It doesn´t only make technology different IT ALSO RUINS LIFE ON EARTH, so PLEASE BANN 5G EVERYWHERE... everywhere where you love people and nature to survive healthier...
katasiapa 6 օր առաջ
Me: How much the technology price compare to green screen? Her: Your house.
Zeksteve Օր առաջ
How much do think a set costs to build or flying to cast and crew to location
rowelle 4 օր առաջ
My exact question.
Erik Hendrych
Erik Hendrych 6 օր առաջ
Those panels must ve really special. Seen those people who film their computer screen instead of using screen capture software? It looks horrible!
~ImaginedByMe~ 6 օր առաջ
i did not expect anything different than a jebait from vox tbh
Michaelangelo A Barreto
Michaelangelo A Barreto 6 օր առաջ
This same screen technology is used in The Bourne Stuntacular live show at Universal Studios Florida. So if you want to see this live, check out that show. It is breath taking.
Animatroix 6 օր առաջ
what if the whole world is just a green screen?
wedoebe 6 օր առաջ
This was plain and simply awesome!!🤓
p c
p c 6 օր առաջ
It would not be too surprising if a future iteration of 'The Volume' were to be more like a half sphere and much larger.
kngston20 6 օր առաջ
Soaring over California needs to upgrade to this technology. Those screens are getting dated.
IsThisLeftUnity? 6 օր առաջ
I kinda assumed that most of the Mandalorian was filmed on location with the backgrounds edited in later. Compared to the creature and vehicle CG it looked almost flawless.
Billy Crutchfield
Billy Crutchfield 6 օր առաջ
Matthew Pennington
Matthew Pennington 6 օր առաջ
This is incredible development on the part of the lead technologist, she is amazing, but why scrimp on a glitchy zoom call quality interview for this piece? I'd implore you to re-shoot this in her developed tech! Amazing work highlighting such talent, not meant as a criticism. Big love.
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