Explore the History of Greenscreen Compositing

A look through the ages

The Avengers green screen
Jeremy Renner in The Avengers
Photo: Marvel / Walt Disney

The FilmmakerIQ.com videos posted over on Vimeo are quite fun and interesting to explore as they dissect everything from aspect ratios to lighting and their most recent video takes a look at the history of greenscreen techniques from the original black matte process to the green screen process we are all now so familiar with in today's films.

The video takes a look at everything from Georges Melies' Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898) and F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) to last year's The Avengers. It runs right around 18 minutes and is well worth the watch just as are many of their other videos, which you can explore right here.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    I enjoy these Filmmaker IQ vids very much.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TVsRoss/ TVs Ross

    Very cool video from a site I didn't know about! Thanks, Brad.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Great video. I completely agree with him at the end about CGI merely being the latest tool to be used by film-makers to create believable worlds and places. The complaints about CGI (that some days I do have as well) aren't necessarily the issue.

    It's not the tools. It's who's using the tools and how.

    But I'll put my hand up - I'm a combo of Ridley Scott and Riley from 'Super 8'. Visuals and 'production values!!'. If you make a movie and you have a story make it all look the best you can make it. And if you don't have a story............well at least still try and make it look good!! I'm partly joking there. Partly.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Thanks Brad, that was a really interesting video, it makes me wanna seek out more old timey films like Sunrise, i wasnt aware techniques like that were used so long ago, audiences must have been stunned when they first saw it