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Challenge: Create Your Own Composited Video

Now it’s time for you to come up with your own special effects video.

As you plan your project, remember Joe Dockery’s Keys to Success (from the video):

  • Keep it short, around 30–60 seconds long.

  • Determine the background media. It can be a different part of your city, a picture or video of an exotic location, or even another planet.

  • Determine the background that you’ll remove. It can be a large sheet of paper or a painted wall, as long as it’s a distinct color that won’t be confused with any colors in the content that you want to keep visible.

  • Shoot good-quality video and record good-quality audio to minimize the amount of work you have to do in postproduction.

  • Frame actors tightly, such as from the waist up, to simplify keying.

  • Plan the timing of the talent’s lines and movements to coordinate them with other elements you want to composite into the scene.

  • Set the white balance of the camera with the gray target.

  • Follow the other guidelines for lighting and shooting green screen clips earlier in this chapter.

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