How to Make a Green Screen Suit

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How to Make a Green Screen Suit
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A “green screen” is a film industry term for a piece of green material used for special effects. With the help of this green material, film editors can cover an area, such as the backdrop in a shot, and make it completely transparent. Then the editors can superimpose whatever scene they want over the transparent area. Green screen fabric can be used to make entire body suits that can be used for special effects in the same manner.

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Things you need

  • Green synthetic fabric
  • Tracing paper
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Tights
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Choose a light, vibrant green material for your suit. The best material for this project is a synthetic fabric that has a built-in stretch, such as a nylon fabric. Avoid materials that wrinkle easily as these will be harder to edit out after you film.

  2. 2

    Create a pattern for your body suit. Take a tight-fitting, long sleeved shirt and trace it onto a piece of tracing paper. Do the same thing with a pair of stretchy leggings that cling tight to the body. Add 1 inch around each side of your pattern for seam allowances.

  3. 3

    Cut out your pattern pieces and position them over doubled-over pieces of your green fabric. Trace around your pattern and cut out your material. Pin your fabric pieces together with straight pins.

  4. 4

    Sew along your pinned edges to create your shirt and tights. Because of the stretchy quality of the fabric, a tight fit should be all that you need to hold the suit in place. However, you may choose to sew elastic into the waistband of the tights to hold the suit trousers at your waist.

  5. 5

    Make matching gloves, socks and even a head mask as necessary. You will only need to complete this step if complete invisibility on screen is desired. Follow the same procedure as the previous steps by creating pattern pieces from existing garments.

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