Everyone is familiar with the phrase “We’ll fix it in post.” Unfortunately, this adage has become the overriding rule, as film and TV visual effects have skyrocketed in sophistication to meet programming needs and creative demands.
When it was conceived, the green screen was a safety net for productions. To add backgrounds and CG to film and TV projects, background colors have to be made transparent in a process called “chroma-keying.” Of course, this is easiest to do when the background is all one color, and not a color commonly worn in costume. When chroma-keying was invented, “green” became the go-to color for stand-in backdrops — or bright blue, if a costume actually did use green. It has since become, arguably, a creative crutch. No