I am currently setting up a Chroma Key Green Screen in my office for future projects, and having looked around at all the various options, I thought that I would share with you the cheapest way to accomplish a fairly good approach to achieving this.
eBay is your friend when it comes to buying stuff for cheap, because there are lots of sellers all offering the same items and they are all competing for each others business, although when you do find the item your looking for on eBay it is always worth checking Amazon to see if they have the item cheaper, just keep in mind that post & packing on Amazon it is often not listed and you could end up paying more if you purchase from a private seller. I ended up getting all the equipment I needed from eBay UK for £82.72 including all the lighting.
My first purchase was a 45w (equivalent to 225w) Photography Daylight Light Bulb with a 5500K (full spectrum – Noon daylight) B22 (Bayonet fitting), at a cost of £8.49 + £2.89 p&p from seller “green-lamp-ltd“, this was for general lighting as anyone who has tried to film in HD under standard lighting will know that conventional light bulbs just can’t cut it as they produce too much noise and your videos can come out very grainy, also this time of year you can’t rely on the good old English weather and I consider myself lucky if the sun is in the right position to give me enough daylight to film for an hour, and that is no where near enough time, generally I’m just getting into my stride and the light fades.
These bulbs are also good for SAD (seasonal Affective Disorder), and I can see why, because as soon as I switched it on I felt myself smiling, it’s just like having your own personal sun at your command whenever you need it, they give off an amazingly pure brilliant bright white light, and as a bonus they also save money on your electricity bill.
Next the actual green screen itself, this was purchased from seller “emilyandlily”, at a cost of £14.21 + 99p p&p, and for this you get a 6 X 9ft Chromakey Green Muslin Backdrop, made from very good quality material, that has the edges all stitched nicely, this was the perfect size for my needs but just in case you need to cover a larger wall, the same seller also offers a 10 x 20ft version for £35.51, which is a bargain compared to some of the other sellers.
To stick it on the wall, you can either purchase a curtain pole, handy if you are planning to do some standard filming as you can easily fold it up so it’s out of the way when not needed or, if it’s going to be a permanent fixture you can grab some green push pins, I chose the latter option and bought them from seller “squidley_filbert”, at a cost of £1.05 + 65p p&p for 50, 2 lots of these should do the trick, luckily the wall that I have chosen is an internal wall and is made of plasterboard, perfect.
Now, because you don’t want to cast any shadows onto your green screen you need to light it up, so my next purchase was 2 adjustable extending wall work lamps, purchased from seller “a1baron”, at a very reasonable price of £24.99 + 4.99 p&p, they take ES E27 bulbs and are rated at 60w, add to these some 45w (225w equivalent) Photography Daylight bulbs with a 5500K full spectrum and an E27 fitting, which I also purchased from the same seller I got my first bulb from and job done.
Also as these lamps are extending I plan on screwing them to the wall so they can be fully extended so they just reach the green screen wall, this way I can also use them for extra lighting for standard filming.
So that’s it my green screen equipment is all ready to go on my office back wall.
Here’s the list of material’s purchased:
Lamps from from eBay Member ID “a1baron”
2 grey adjustable extending wall mounted extending work lamps
Cost: £29.98 inc p&p
Green push pins from eBay Member ID “squidley_filbert”
100 Green Push Pins for cork notice boards
Cost: £3.40 inc p&p
Green Screen from eBay Member ID “emilyandlily”
6 X 9ft Chromakey Green Muslin Backdrop
Cost: £15.20 inc p&p
Bulbs from eBay Member ID “green-lamp-ltd”
1 x 45w => 225w Photography Daylight 5500K B22 Light Bulb
2 x 45w => 225w Photography Daylight 5500K E27 light bulb
Cost: £34.14 inc p&p
Total Cost: £82.72
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