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  • James Nolan

    November 23, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    What are visual artists using now as a best practice for shooting an iPhone replacement scene at a studio shoot? Is there a good resource for getting a prop phone with green on it? Is shooting it off with tracking markers best? Looking to shoot some finger interaction with the screen and then send the footage to Mocha/AE. Many thanks for suggestions!

  • Brendon Murphy

    November 23, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Is it just the screen/burn-in you are replacing?

    Use a real phone with a Digi-green on it. It can be as simple as a full-screen image, though there are also apps that can lock the green in place so the finger doesn’t swipe it away… Motion Picture Color Generator is a good one for iPhone.

    If your shot is wide enough to see the corners of the phone, no tracking marks are necessary. You only need them if you are so tight that there’s nothing else to track. If you DO use tracking marks, I recommend small squares that are fairly close to the color of the background. This reduces the amount of clean up work needed afterward to paint them out. Do not place them near the corners of the screen since you can already track the corners . They are more useful closer to the center of the screen for when you lose the corners in-frame.

    Adjust the brightness of the screen to something like 50 IRE. That’s usually a good starting point for having a screen that looks illuminated without causing more spill than necessary.

    For any shots where you don’t see the screen (like a reverse shot of the actor looking down), make the screen white so there’s no unnecessary spill.

    Put a case on the phone if logo/brand clearance is a concern. Not a green one!

    Some subtle reflections on the screen can help with realism and don’t necessarily need to be avoided. However, avoid a reflection that is so heavy it would obscure the graphic you’re adding.

    Hope that helps!

  • Brendon Murphy

    November 23, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    OH, and NEVER put green tape or physical tracking marks on the glass. You want to keep those real reflections so that the end result looks real!

  • James Nolan

    November 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for your suggestions, Brendon. Very helpful.

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