Go Anywhere With a Click of a Mouse

Via Lee Goldberg, this video gives us a look at the way today’s TV shows use green-screen to turn the studio and the backlot into any place in the world, or add realistic details to scenes that would otherwise look fake and studio-bound. The way these effects are used is a bit similar to the way matte paintings were used in old movies (like Mary Poppins: nobody ever went to London for the film, so much of what you see in the exterior shots was painted in by Peter Ellenshaw), and it will be interesting to see what happens when some of these shows are revisited 20 or so years from now — some of the effects will hold up, and others will look fake. But for now, green-screen is a big part of what’s made TV shows look so much bigger in scope and more expensive than they used to be. The other part of it, of course, is that today’s shows really are bigger in scope and more expensive than they used to be.

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