Born out of a collaboration between the Sound and Visual FX departments on major motion pictures. The Greensleeve allows boom poles to cross behind real foreground elements when filming against greenscreen and bluescreen.
WHAT IS A GREENSLEEVE?
When filming against green or bluescreen it can often prove difficult to get the boom close to the actors without the boom crossing behind some real pieces of the set - or other actors. This is especially the case on multi-camera shoots or on wide shots.
These are the times the Greensleeve or Bluesleeve can aid the Boom Operator and VFX department, allowing a much simpler matte out in post production whilst also getting the microphone closer to the artist for richer production dialogue.
HOW DOES IT FIT?
The Greensleeve and Bluesleeve are a 'one size fits all' design and have been modelled to fit a Panamic Maxi 4-section boom pole with a maximum extent of 16 feet/5 metres, though they will fit most makes and sizes of boom poles.
Made of a stretch fabric, any excess can simply be collected together at the back end of the pole. There is a drawstring to help prevent the bottom of the sleeve being pulled up the pole.
At the tip, a metal ring creates the space for the boom spigot and a reinforced hole in the fabric allows for cable entry.
WHAT COLOUR ARE THEY, EXACTLY?
The colours have been chosen after discussions with several VFX departments on major international motion pictures filming in the UK. The Greensleeve is 'Digital Green' (or 'Digigreen') and the Bluesleeve is 'Digital Blue (or 'Digiblue'). These are the most common and modern shades used in VFX keying. They are designed for digital filming and have a higher luminance than their respective Chromakey colours. This leads to better colour sampling in post and easier lighting on set.
Chromakey colours are still used when shooting on negative film, or to prevent colour bounce on the set. Although the Greensleeve and Bluesleeve may seem a much different colour against their Chroma versions, in reality it is simply a different reflectancy; VFX will have no trouble using one against the other. As mentioned, the sleeves will be easier to key out than a Chroma background and fluctuations in light and shade falling on any green or blue screens already present the same problems.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE GREENSLEEVE AND BLUESLEEVE?
Visit our shop, or get in touch using the form below to discuss your requirements.
HOW MUCH ARE THEY?
Greensleeves and Bluesleeves are £99 each, plus VAT. VAT is only payable on UK orders.
WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING COSTS?
Postage to the UK is free.
Overseas postage rates:
Europe - £7.50 (1 or 2 sleeves), £10 (3 or 4 sleeves)
USA - £10 (1 or 2 sleeves), £15 (3 or 4 sleeves)
Rest of World - £15 (1 or 2 sleeves), £20 (3 or 4 sleeves)
If you require a larger order, please get in touch below for exact shipping costs.
HOW CAN I PAY?
Payment for up to 4 Greensleeves can be made by card, PayPal or Apple Pay on our online shop.
For larger orders, or to arrange payment by BACS, please get in touch using the form below.