If you’ve every tried keying out a person you know the NLEs have improved a lot over the years. After Effects can even give you a workable cut-out without a green screen now. But what are the professional movie making folk changing to now? What’s next?
You’re inside a circular space filled with curved screens. The cameras are set up and everything is captured in-camera and it’s not needed to key something out and fix a badly lit green screen frame by frame.
What Are the Other Benefits?
The benefits of this is that I think the actors can put themselves in the space easier. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to envision a certain era if you’re only surrounded by green screens. I do think an actor feeds off their co-actors, but also the space they’re in. A green screen surely affects that, and therefore I think it also affects the quality of the acting.
Another bonus is the fact that you don’t get the screen’s reflection, and any metal reflections from the monitors that are playing back the background footage of the actors, so it looks more real. Depth of field is another one. The background footage won’t be as sharp as footage inserted after the fact in post. Sure, footage added in post can be blurred, but just like in photography, getting it right in-camera is just so much better and more of a skill, while it also saves a ton of time you would’ve spent behind a computer.
I also think it can lower costs. If I don’t need the post-production team, or even a smaller one, it will save on some expenses.