Kevin Parry is a video editing magician, mostly active on Instagram. His content can be compared to what Zach King goes, so it’s really cool! Last year we did a Copy Cat video about one of his videos where he made himself giant. This technique was nothing more than a simply max and alignment of perspective. But this is not the only way to make you or one of your friends super large.
Over the years in Hollywood film-production, we’ve seen various techniques used. Recently a breakdown of the giants in Game of Thrones was released. In here we saw that actors where simply ‘scaled up’ after they pulled a green key. Sound simple, but that’s not always the case.
Green Screen Issue
Pulling a chroma key is to a certain extend easy. But matching your talent’s shot to the new environment is trickier. It starts with lighting. Both your talent and the background should have the same lighting and colors. In all of our videos we would therefore advice to shoot your talent outside under the same weather conditions if your background is outdoor as well. Recreating an outdoor look with lighting in studio is really hard, unless it’s something special like a sunset.
Apart from your green key, there’re certain elements that cannot be keyed. For example; the floor or interactions with the environment. Lets take the giant from Game of Thrones as an example again. As the run through the water, you have two choices. Either add the water in post production (CGI), or actually make your actor walk through a pool of water with a green screen behind. This allows you to key out the green, but leave the water. With some color corrections, it’s possible to match your two shots.
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