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The Green Screen Handbook Brings Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results

The Green Screen Handbook by Jeff Foster

Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

If you want to make movies with green screen compositing technology, The Green Screen Handbook, written by author, producer and motion graphics specialist Jeff Foster, is just for you. Published by Sybex (Wiley) this unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios and get amazing results–even on a shoestring budget.

Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more. A DVD accompanies the book that includes sample footage and all project files for each chapter.

According to Foster, “No one yet has provided this kind of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up in one book. My passion for this subject combined with twenty years experience hopefully has resulted in a project that will raise the level of green screen production from the novice to the professional.”

The Green Screen Handbook retails for $ 49.99 US and is available at and distributed through book retailers worldwide.

ISBN: 978-0-470-52107-6

Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) March 15, 2010

Paperback: 384 pages

“The Green Screen Handbook book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.” – Todd Kopriva, Adobe

“Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook . . . a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.” – Rod Harlan, Layers Magazine

“This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know is covered in detail.”- Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

About Jeff Foster

Jeff has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. Jeff has written or contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books and has been a featured speaker at Macworld, Photoshop World, Adobe MAX and NAB conferences. Besides corporate and private training Jeff is part of a team of Adobe application instructors at Jeff can be contacted through his company at:



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Kim Kardashian, Heidi and Spencer, Snooky… More Americans can tell you about these reality television stars than they can about their own local representatives, the President of the United States, or even the city in which they live.  What’s happened? When did this vapid, voyeuristic obsession with reality tv become the national past-time? Move over baseball, The Real Housewives of Orange County are here and you can watch them inject botox, get lipo, or have some other elective surgery currently in fashion this week, in vivid color on your flat screen HD tv.


How did this happen? When did our priorities as a culture take such a seismic shift? Though, it is still possible to find quality programming on our big screen, high definition televisions, one need only look at the ratings to see that most are choosing not to. Scenes of personal depravity and utter stupidity are now cheap entertainment for the masses.  Meanwhile, PBS (The Public Broadcasting Station), which brings our children educational classics such as Sesame Street, levels class barriers by making classical music and operas such as Aida available to everyone and still attempts to inform us with hard-hitting news shows like Frontline, loses more and more public and federal funding every year and is fighting for its very survival.


To make matters worse, satellite television now broadcasts the very worst our country has to offer to millions of viewers around the world, airing our dirty laundry for everyone to see. For years, Europeans have thrown our McDonalds burger and fries, fast-food way of life in our face as proof of our lack of culture, but we’ve been able to balk at the accusation and label their slander as snobbery. Now, however, with the rise of seemingly talentless people becoming famous for no other virtue than their desire to become famous, and our apparent lust to watch them achieve this not so illustrious state, one has to wonder if our accusers may have a point after all. What is the cultural relevance of watching people curse at, backstab, and cheat on each other? And, what kind of cultural legacy are we leaving for the generations to follow?


It feels like such a long time ago when sports were our obsession. That too, may seem to some to be rather shallow. At least, however, with sports we cheered for the very best in very talented human beings. We revered their excellence. Now, we applaud the very lowest in human beings who obviously don’t expect much more of themselves and have reverence for their low expectations.


Perhaps one day people in this culture will turn on their HD tvs, scan the 100+ stations available to them via satellite, and choose something other than Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Hills, or The Jersey Shore to entertain them.  Maybe, PBS will make a comeback. Maybe, one day people will pay as much attention to their local elections as they do Heidi Pratt’s plastic surgery.  Maybe, our little love affair with this so-called reality tv will end and a more interesting and intellectually challenging cultural phenomenon will appear.

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Television is no longer what it used to be. It is no secret that reality television has taken over the airwaves, and that more people are interested in watching dating show contestants horrifically embarrass themselves or watch a contestant get kicked off an island than enjoy the traditional television format. Nowadays, thirty-minute sitcoms and hour-long dramas are struggling just to hang on to audiences. Instead, viewers gather around their HD televisions each week to enjoy the juggernaut that is reality tv.

Considering its popularity, it is important to consider just what this means for popular culture and society as a whole. It is a strange truth that we as an audience get so much enjoyment out of watching reality television shows. Subscribers to satellite tv even have access to several channels devoted entirely to reality programming. Is reality television just fad or is it here to stay? Will traditional formats for shows soon be obsolete and will television actors and actresses be a thing of the past? Perhaps only time will tell.

Interested reality seeing what reality television has to offer? Here are some of the biggest hits around:

The Hills – This MTV hit blurs the lines of reality with its clearly set-up situations and forced friendships, but that doesn’t stop audiences from tuning in every week. While the show’s original heroine Lauren Conrad has moved on, fans can still get their fill of watching beautiful young people living in Los Angeles.

The City – MTV’s spinoff from The Hills that follows nice girl Whitney Port as she attempts to break into the fashion world in New York City. Like The Hills, the people are beautiful, the clothes are stylish and the friendships and plotlines are decidedly less than authentic.

Jersey Shore – Another new hit from MTV that has reached a shocking level of success. This reality show follows a group of friends as they live together in a house on the Jersey Shore. This is definitely not The Hills, as the cast is decidedly gritty, vulgar and commands a style all their own.

The Bachelor – This wildly popular dating show picks an eligible bachelor and finds him a house full of beautiful women to choose from. The bachelor goes on group and private dates, and each week narrows the pool down in the always-entertaining “Rose Ceremony.” The show ends in a proposal, though the relationships never seem to last.

Survivor – One of the original reality game shows that took human competition to the next level. Contestants live in a hostile environment, compete in sports-like competitions and vote to kick people out of the “tribe.” Last man standing is the winner.

The Real World – MTV’s original that arguably sparked the reality television craze. As we know by now, it begins with “seven strangers, picked to live in a house….” The rest is television gold. Throughout the years the show has lost sight of its initial groundbreaking social consciousness and intensity, and now seems more like an episode of Girls Gone Wild, but it is still a success.

While each of the aforementioned shows are certainly not critically acclaimed, they still keep audiences flocking to their high definition televisions each week. It’s safe to say that the trend may hardly be temporary and we have only seen the beginning of reality programming.

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