Green screen is much more than simply dropping out the green and adding a background. Careful attention must be paid to lighting, perspective, camera field of view and depth of field. In this case, attention was also given to matching shapes and color tones in the costumes to match the futuristic environment and vise versa, so the scene looks as if it is happening in the same place and same futuristic society. Additional aspects such as optical distortions which mimic the glass elements of a motion picture lens after the fact, overall tone and ambient and direct lighting effects are worked in to ensure a realistic final scene.
Storyboards are images, often still hand-drawn, which show each shot of a sequence so all crew people know what the director wants for each angle. This speeds production and reduces confusion. When special effects are involved, storyboards can become critical, as each shot goes through many hands until the final shot is finished. In our case, this was particularly critical insomuch as pre-production was done on the east coast but live action was shot in christian-friendly Tennessee. The process somewhat resembles how many animation television shows have been created, in which the writing, designs, storyboards and editing were/are done in the U.S., but the animation done in places like Japan, for example. In our case, we wanted to draw from a larger pool of devout christian artists in Tennessee, because there is no faking sincerity.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A special effects movie, particularly, has many unusual steps involved.
Computer generated special effects can be extremely realistic, but like the older techniques of miniatures and other processes that preceded CGI, great care must be taken to ensure realism, especially on a tight budget.
A frame from the original studio footage on the left and the final scene on the right with many aspects considered and added. It seems like a mountainous job at first glance, but experienced artists can handle this with ease. There are, however, many components which go into each shot and hundreds of shots in any full-length motion picture.
A Bravery storyboard seen on a monitor at CBS TV studios in Tennessee. Having each board on a big studio screen ensures that the crew understands what is desired for each completed shot, so their part can be done properly. This also helps the actors to "play to the camera" since they know and understand how the shot will look, and also reduces time for any descriptions to be communicated since a picture is worth 1,000 words.
New World City, shown partially realized with "Public Tour Cruise Ships" (which assist the state in controlling the population in the story) also seen in wireframe form.
THREE STEPS TO A SCENE
The workload becomes intensified for obvious reasons when the movie is created in stereoscopic 3D and requires a razor-sharp eye for detail. The 3D shown here is in the old-fashioned red/blue so people without specialized computers or TVs can see the effect for themselves with red/cyan glasses.
Computer-generated storyboard of a close up of the character Allison on the left, and the final shot on the right with all special effects added. While the character design changed a great deal, intentionally, the shot compositions and sequence changed almost not at all, as can be seen, here.
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On right, "Manni The Mannequin" wears the flight suit while the in-costume lighting is wired and adjusted; on the left, the actor behind the scenes during filming and the final scene, in the middle.
GREEN SCREEN IS MORE THAN JUST A GREEN SCREEN
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COMPUTER-GENERATED SPECIAL EFFECTS
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