Mogwai_toejam (akktri) wrote in thequestionclub,

DIY bluescreening

I'm having a bit of difficulty doing bluescreen effects, and I'm looking for inexpensive places, preferably places I can drive to rather than order online, to help with it.
I have movie software. I don't think that's the problem. My problem is that what I want to accomplish doesn't work. It's like I'm trying to reinvent the wheel or something.
I have a dark brown dog puppet. I want to record it in front of a blue backdrop and chroma in different backgrounds. I'll buy a large blue piece of posterboard or something, and it always ends up looking washed out or purple, and the puppet ends up disappearing when I try to adjust the chroma.
It looks worse with regular light, since my apartment is dimly lit.
I'm thinking maybe the lighting needs to be better, but I have no clue what kind of lighting I should get, or where I could inexpensively find some. I'm thinking the floodlight I purchased made the wrong color light.
I'm in an apartment, so I can't just paint the wall blue. Not sure that would help anyway.
So, any suggestions on:
*What kind of lamp to get at a store (and `install' without violating my lease)?
*Good places to buy a really huge piece of bright blue material, in the right hue?
*Best inexpensive camera to use for the job?
*An affordable bluescreen program other than sony vegas?
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