Gwenno Llwyd Till is currently on work experience at Cwmni Da. Below, she shares some of her thoughts as she gets to experience the new technology in Cwmni Da’s studio – a hi-tech green screen.
A vast new hi-tech green screen is the latest addition to Cwmni Da’s studios on Caernarfon’s harbour front, The new screen is the largest in north Wales, and currently being used to film the third series of Deian a Loli – a BAFTA-award winning children’s show on S4C.
‘Green-screen’ compositing, or chroma keying, is a visual effects/post-production technique which allows producers to alter the background of a scene. The green screen has many functions – it can be used to display a sense of realism, such as a scene of Parisian nightlife or a woodland, without needing to travel. It can also display something as mundane, yet necessary, as the weather report for the week. It can be used for comedy or even an other-worldly, outer space sci-fi experience. The screen allows a sense of heightened fantasy. It invites imagination, breeds creativity, and allows young and old minds to wander.
The large studio offers itself as a production ‘hub’ – each Cwmni Da programme will have its turn here, apart from those shot on location. The spacious studio features numerous LED lights, a large open door to allow in natural lighting, and huge green ‘dance floor’ screen.
This creative freedom offered by the new system at Cwmni Da allows the production team to develop as they work, pushing boundaries and offering new opportunities. The green encompasses the subject fully, allowing the focus to fall on technical perfection. The screen is surreal, as tall as it is wide, and the neon dance-floor-like material almost blinds you. Green screen editing is an art form – so much thought is put into the overall composition of each scene and each shot. The editor ensures the lighting, sound, and material aligns, to create something truly magical.
Gwenno Llwyd Till
*The studio and screen are available for hire by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org