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Connor Justice Norvell on May 5, 2012 at 4:25 am

though this isn’t the cheapest method, it works well!
if you have money to buy a green screen, or just chroma green sheets. do so!
most editors can key out the green.
but now what? now you need a background. you can photoshop a file. (or gimp instead). with google images.
or you can make your own 3D background (don’t worry, its free)
go download Blender:

its free! and amazing, just ask Ian Hubert:

then color correct to match. and you’re done!
for blender help, check their manual, and youtube.
go check out:
for blender tutorials, that he’ll be releasing as we make our new series!

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Jesse on May 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

Dang I forgot about blender. I never realized what it was capable of before. This resulted in messing around with it for 7 hours straight.
Creating a room completely from scratch seems a bit daunting when I don’t know all that much about 3D modeling, but this could enable me to film an idea I’ve had for a while now. I’ve found how I’ll be spending my Sunday!

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Connor Justice Norvell on May 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Glad you remembered! i’d go read the blender manual, its not as daunting as it seems, and you’ll learn a lot!
and theres always the famous Super3boy on youtube.
and Ian Hubert for inspiration

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Josh Bailey on May 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I always forget about Blender too! I was turned off from it before, because honestly I’ve seen so many bad looking effects created using Blender, but that was really impressive! It definitely seems worth learning to me now, and now I’m sure those bad videos be attributed more to the creators, than to Blender itself. :)

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Connor Justice Norvell on May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Yeah you for sure have to learn it. Honestly, for the most part it can do anything 3Ds max can do, if you know how, luckily my cousin is a blender guru, so he’s the 3D artist for 4sevenfilms. So he’ll be doing sets, and ships, and other stuff like that for a series we’re writing.
But he says blender is just as good as the multi thousand dollar software out there

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Andy Ainsworth on May 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Have you guys heard of Sintel? A short animated film made in Blender. Really amazing. Check it out!

I played around in the program a little and I found it pretty tricky, but as you can see, the capabilities are vastly underrated.

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Connor Justice Norvell on May 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Also! i have learned this over the last month, preparing to shoot a series.
if your short film takes place in, the future, lets say. you might reconsider because you don’t have the money or know how for green screening, or blender, but remember, in the future, the buildings and cars may look different, but trees won’t, trees, forests, etc. are great for the future, because, with the right sound effects, and some establishing shots, the audience will be convinced cars are flying around your characters.

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J.J. Petty on June 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

That is so true. Good advice to people would be that you shouldn’t give up on a project because you can’t approach it the way you want or intended! Just try other tactics to accomplish what you “couldn’t”.

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