At our most recent WOW night we were joined by some mad scientists from Golden Horseshoe Green Tech in Hamilton. The GHGT techs travelled a long way to teach the TMC crew about green screens, and being textile lovers we were amazed at how this tech turns humble fabric into, well, just about anything!
Here we see the setup about halfway constructed. Once finished, specialized computer software will be able to use the green space to digitally fill in any image.
Right now there are too many shadows and wrinkles for it to work effectively. Fortunately being a Textile Museum, we always have a fabric steamer handy!
Much better! The smooth surface will be more readable for both the camera and the digital software. Let’s see what happens when local travel enthusiast Shawn takes a walk in front of the screen…
Within seconds of this picture being taken the GHGT techs had it loaded to their laptop. Shawn could scroll through hundreds of images to decide what he’s pointing at. Is it going to be an ancient tyrannosaur? A futuristic cityscape? The options are limitless, and all stemming from innovative use of a simple piece of cotton cloth.
Says Shawn, “my partner got to go to Machu Picchu in Peru last year but I couldn’t join. Finally I got to go, and without having to climb mountains.”
Green Screen technology has revolutionized Cinema by making the impossible look flawlessly real to our eyes. This blend of textile and digital technology has changed how we view, and trust, the things we see on screen. Wide Open Wednesdays are all about exploring such world changing innovations, so big thanks to all those who shared in this latest adventure!