Chapter 14Getting a Great Matte

Getting a great matte depends on many production factors, all of which I’ve covered previously in the book: lighting setup, screen background, camera and lens, subject staging, shadows and reflections, and so on. Garbage in equals garbage out in most cases, at least if you want a quick-and-easy key to composite after the shot is done. In other words, the more time you spend preparing for a quality shot, the better your matte will work, and the less time you’ll spend fixing your shot in postproduction. This chapter will assume that you’re working in the best-case scenario, because that is what we’re striving for here—doing it right!

In this chapter, I’ll relay a firsthand story of why you want to ...

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