May 31st 2011 10:25AM

As the volume of StudioNow work has exploded over the past few years, we have had more and more need for higher end production technologies. One such example is for green screen and chroma keying production. We have had been impressed with the number of filmmakers who can deliver high quality green screen compositing with speed and agility. But producing a believable and great looking composite can be difficult and requires pitch perfect lighting and ninja post production chops. This is just one of the reasons we are thrilled to offer this resource from one of our partners, Wiley Publishers, to our network of professionals in a FREE GIVEAWAY!

Taking a look at the book itself, it more closely resembles a textbook or reference guide because it is so jammed with information. Its clear why the book retails for $49.99 - and the included DVD contains project files and sample footage. The book description includes many of the covered topics and a comprehensive approach to green screen mastery, particularly the difficulties in lighting and post production:

Bring Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results

Make movies and videos with green screen compositing technology with The Green Screen Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques. This unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios, and get amazing results-even on a shoestring budget.
Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more.

• See how to plan, set up, and execute your shots to reduce fixes in post
• Choose the right keying process for your project
• Master basic shooting setups and live broadcast keying
• Understand proper lighting and how to match subjects to the background
• Create a working storyboard and learn how to select and direct talent
• Composite your footage and fix problem shots
• Work creatively with virtual sets, motion tracking, and match moving
• Master techniques that apply to all compositing software and plug-ins

The DVD includes sample footage and all project files to accompany the chapters in the book.

The winners will be chosen at random at midnight tonight - anyone who follows us on twitter (@studionow) and tweets this message will be eligible to win:

Enter to win a copy of "The Green Screen Handbook". Please RT. Info at:

We have two copies to give away -- shipped to you at no charge! More details on the giveaway here and production description from Wiley. Good luck!

AuthorDaniel Collins