Thursday, January 7, 2010

How much of TV is fake?

You would assume that the massive, wide shot of the destruction following the black out in Flash Forward is fake. It even looks it. A lot of times it's obvious when things aren't real on television. The lack of budget and time to execute often result in poor special effects (Lost is a clear example of this, some of the worst sfx of any show out there) but you would probably be surprised to discover that a lot of seemingly small scenes, ones that seem really easy to shoot, are also done on green screen.

Stargate Studios has released a youtube montage of SFX shots for television shows, revealing when green screen is used. It's pretty cool. Check it out below:

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