Green screen, also known as chroma keying, has been around in one form or another since the beginning of filmmaking. This compositing effect allows for multiple images to blend together into one illusion that has gotten more sophisticated as time has gone on. As May is the start of the summer blockbuster season, we’re looking back at this cinematic innovation.
Warner Bros sci-fi film, The Matrix, is a fantastic example of filmmakers blowing audiences away with innovative visual FX. The Wachowski sisters’ film just celebrated its twentieth anniversary of blue and red pills and a plethora of green screen. While plenty of 3D computer models were used during certain sequences, the film shot real actors fighting in front of a green screen background to maintain a level of realism. Whether they were hanging from wires or on flat ground, the awesome combat scenes revolutionized the filmmaking industry and helped evolve it into what we have now.
LA Center Studios has been the backdrop for several action-packed feature films over the last twenty years helmed by some of the greatest directors in the world. David Fincher’s 1999 masterpiece Fight Club had Brad Pitt trading blows with Edward Norton on our lot. Michael Mann’s 2004 crime thriller Collateral starred Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise driving around much of downtown LA with a few scenes captured here. The following year, Doug Liman shot portions of his action-spy comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith in our studios where we see Brad Pitt again, but this time battling Angelina Jolie’s character to be head of the household. The Tony Scott helmed, Denzel Washington fronted Deja Vu used our studio to create an explosive action film.
A more recent summer blockbuster filmed here is Christopher Nolan’s Inception. An inverted dream and sci-fi caper that bent the world around its characters. LACS has several sound stages available for green screen fx. Learn more on our main website today.