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Old 03-23-13, 11:46 PM
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Well that BSG Blood & Chrome was touted as all virtual sets. However, I've noticed a few other shows that have used them. They don't 100% have the tech down yet since it is off just a bit but pretty close. Once Upon a Time seems to use them for castle scenes in the fantasy world. Easily a way to keep costs down since they don't want to build a castle set for 1 episode. A recent Castle episode had him go to Paris. Again, it looked like he was in a virtual set (or green screened into a Paris shot). Think the producers were just cheap and not want to send the actors to Paris to shoot the scenes.

Any other shows using virtual sets?
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Every year Stargate Studios puts out a virtual backlot video and it surprises me how many times shows use virtual sets and you'd never guess it. We think it's special effects only, but even the regular dramas use them a lot now. Here's last year's video:
<iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WhN1STep_zk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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Are there any dramatic shows left on television that don't use virtual sets of some kind? The only shows that don't use them now are mostly sitcoms and comedies. I've seen shows where half of the set will be filled with virtual furniture to complete the look.
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Any other shows using virtual sets?
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Old 03-24-13, 12:27 AM
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Re: TV shows using virtual sets now

Most of Sanctuary's sets were green screen.
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Re: TV shows using virtual sets now

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
Are there any dramatic shows left on television that don't use virtual sets of some kind?
Most police/crime dramas still use real sets or backgrounds.

Originally Posted by Fist of Doom View Post
Most of Sanctuary's sets were green screen.
Spartacus is another.
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24 season 8 used virtual sets to fake New York in LA. Alot of the New York scenics was shot in Pre-Production and then inserted in post over green screen that was used during shooting.
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Re: TV shows using virtual sets now

The Sopranos, the shot that looked out to the patio was green screen
Old 03-24-13, 01:28 AM
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Used a bit more then I would think, never really gave it much thought that green screen was needed for a street.

Originally Posted by Fist of Doom View Post
Most of Sanctuary's sets were green screen.
Painfully so at times, well, it was just part of the show, enjoyed it regardless.
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Damn, that demo reel was interesting.
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That demo real was fantastic. I had no idea so many dramas used the green screen.

They should have left off the one at 3:00 (Ugly Betty?). That one looked obvious(like most of Sanctuary).
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Using the track that lots of people associate with SFU is not helping. Now we'll all get emotional while watching!
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yeah, that demo reel was fucking fantastic. thanks for posting it, juryduty.
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Dark Matters on the Science Channel which is hosted by John Noble uses virtual sets for all their recreations.
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Wow i never realized how often those are used expecially in shows like Parenthood.
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Interesting that even a simple location shot like that one from Parenthood is pricier than having a team of digital artists create an entire fake 'set' and tie in all the greenscreening, camera movement timing, etc.
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Yeah, that reel was great. Was surprised to see Parenthood and Episodes included in there so much, wouldn't have expected that.
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I love those examples of greenscreens for mundane shots. The part with the guys running around 2:45 is fantastic
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Wow...that blew my mind. For me... it really comes down to the lighting. Stuff like GoT looks so real to me even though I know they build a lot of sets... but the backgrounds and always look great because they light it so well.
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Really great. Think I appreciated it more since an episode of Castle recently feature some parts in Europe that were blatantly bad. By contrast, in Castle as well, there are scenes where I can tell it's an LA area street.
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Re: TV shows using virtual sets now

That video from Stargate studios was awesome. Thanks for posting. It's amazing how much green screen is used for current shows. I know it has to be used alot for shows being shot in Los Angeles faking other locations.
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Re: TV shows using virtual sets now

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
That demo real was fantastic. I had no idea so many dramas used the green screen.

They should have left off the one at 3:00 (Ugly Betty?). That one looked obvious(like most of Sanctuary).
I don't think so. That one wasn't obvious at all and the most telling of all the clips. Such a simple set that was entirely green screened.

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