Fredericton Green Screen Workshop

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Jon Collicot, who is our Digital Filmmaking department head at our Fredericton campus, recently visited Caledonia Regional High School and gave students a firsthand look at how green screen technology works. Students were first introduced to proper lighting techniques and Hollywood examples of the technology in use. Jon then showed an example of a real person moving in a digital 3D space complete with multiple rooms and objects with which to interact.

When Jon asked for a volunteer, Joseph Elderkin jumped at the chance. Joseph’s first movie star request was simple, “No pictures please.” The room filled with laughter as the many digital cameras snapped the moment. Joseph was placed in front of the lit green screen and with a few mouse clicks he turned to see himself standing in front of a busy streets and park trees. He was then asked to “interact” with the trees and students got to see both the set and final footage all at once.

About Jon Collicot

Jon has been working in the Film and Television industry in Canada since 1997 and has worked with such nationally recognized organizations as History Television, The National Film Board of Canada, CBC Nature of Things, Bravo, A&E, and Discovery. His works have received international acknowledgement. His most recent film, Winter Warmer, screened at the Wildlife Vassa Film Festival in Finland. This and his other recent film, Sitansisk, both screened at The 49th Golden Knight Short Film Festival in Malta.

Jon writes, produces, directs, edits, and acts as director of photography in freelance work with his production company Dark Blue Horizons. He also works for various independent production companies such as Hudson Design, Egg Films, Atlantic Media Works, and Outreach Productions. He also devotes time to local independent film production, working on productions and teaching workshops at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Cooperative.

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