Blue screen

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Rudpar, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. Rudpar

    Rudpar Guest

    I am having lots of trouble manouvering this site. Not sure I can find this
    forum again. Please reply by email.
    My Problem: I have to shoot 30 percent of my video in a hospital emergency ward
    but no hospital would allow me to set up there (I understand why). How can I
    set up the scene for a BLUE SCREEN effect? I understand blue screen, but cant
    figure out how to set it up since there are movements, chairs etc. I cant
    afford to build a set. Help Please. Rudy
    Rudpar, Oct 11, 2004
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    FlyByKnight Guest

    You can't "bluescreen" everything. Prop pieces are a requirement no matter
    what. That said, try getting a location that "looks" like a hospital.
    Schools have a similar look and can sometimes be used as a substitute for a
    hospital. Do it on the weekend and bring your prop pieces with you.

    You can make the school look more like a hospital by having a bluescreen
    down a hallway and comping in real hospital background.

    Or... take the "guerilla filmmaking" approach with "run and gun" shots of a
    real hospital. Or combine the two. Use your imagination.
    FlyByKnight, Oct 11, 2004
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    kay & wand Guest

    who do you have to shoot this for? the hospital? a pharm company? a college
    project? without all the facts there's no way of answering....

    kay & wand, Oct 12, 2004
  4. Does it have to be a real Emergency department? Most hospitals will
    have a disused ward, or a ward that has been converted into office
    space, (or where I come from, closed due to industrial action) etc,
    which can be converted with a bit of set design into a good substitute.
    Richard Cavell, Oct 12, 2004
  5. Find a location that looks like an ER.

    We had to shoot a doctor's examination room for a film, and ended up in
    a medical supply company's showroom. They had 4-5 rooms set up to
    display their equipment in 'real-life' settings; one was a very typical
    exam room. Looks great, we paid a small day rate (we're in Los Angeles,
    so everything costs. Out of town, you might get it for free). They had
    another room set up as an X-ray room, and IIRC (it's been a while) they
    had something ER-ish.

    Also, look for a teaching hospital or nursing school; odds are they have
    some sort of classroom environment that might pass. Also, many
    hospitals are going out of busness around the country, so you might look
    into one that's closing or has just closed and see if you can't get a
    day in a vacant ER (we were shooting a couple of years ago in Columbus,
    OH and a local hospital contacted US to see if we could use their
    facility. A month later there were padlocks on the doors). Contact the
    local fire department and ask to talk to who's ever in charge of their
    paramedics' program; odds are they have some kind of training facility.

    Last but not least, keep in mind that most ERs are defined by their
    curtained exam areas, each with an exam bed and a table. You might need
    nothing more than something that passes for an exam bed and a set of
    Hospital Blue curtains to serve as the set. Establish where we are
    visually with a long shot of the exterior of a real hospital, then cut
    to inside the curtained exam area and shoot the scene in your garage.
    The audience will never know the difference.

    Using blue screen to create sets that aren't there is generally a very
    last resort in the best of professional situations; a no-budg
    home-rolled show shouldn't really even be thinking along those lines.
    The result you'll get won't look like anything but a bluescreen effect,
    and that will defeat the purpose of the scene.
    Steven J. Weller, Oct 12, 2004
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