Chapter 12Backgrounds and Sets

“What we are looking for in a dramatic set is an imaginative substitute. Keep in mind, directors produce illusions. However basic the set materials really are, the end result can appear to the audience as the real thing.”

—Gerald Millerson, Former Director, BBC


Chromakey: Utilizing a production switcher, with this technique, the director can replace a specific color (usually green or blue) with another image source (still image, live video, graphics, prerecorded material, etc.).

Cyclorama (cyc): Serves as a general-purpose detail-less background. Cycloramas generally have a continuous, seamless background that can be projected on or keyed out to create unique backgrounds.

Flat: A panel usually created by ...

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