Green Screen and Stand

Green Screen and Stand

"Everyone has heard of a green screen, but how do you use it effectively in your classroom to enhance digital creations, change the setting in stop motion animation and enhance the background during digital presentations? Green screens are used in the movies to make it look like the actors are driving across the desert, and it's used on TV to make it look like your local news announcer is standing in front of an animated weather map. It is easy and fun to use green screens in your classroom media creations."

Curriculum concepts: Digital storytelling and media creation.

*Kits available: 2

Please note: Kits require additional equipment which are not included. There are no recording devices, lights, or microphones in this kit.

Kit Contains:


1 6' x 9' ChromaKey Green Screen muslin backdrop

1 8' x 10' adjustable backdrop stand

1 carrying case for backdrop stand

4 washers and 2 wingnuts (for stand)


Animation Lab for Kids: Fun Projects for Visual Storytelling and Making Art Move by Laura Bellmont

How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn How to Write, Direct, and Edit Your Own Film Without a Hollywood Budget by Robert Blofield

The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! by David Pagano


Suggested video editing apps:

Check out the video below to see what Cindy Spruce, Teacher Librarian, created with her students at Centennial School for Expeditionary Learning:

iMovie for iPhone and iPad (free with newer iPads)

Veescope for iPhone and iPad (free)

Do Ink for iPhone and iPad

Tips for setting up the stand:

This stand comes with 2 tripod bases and 4 crossbars (marked H1, H2, H3, H4). We recommend only using 2 or 3 of the cross bars, otherwise the stand will be much wider than you will typically need.

Green Screen Shooting Tips: (taken from

In order for your green screen movie to look as good as it should, there are a few things you should endeavor to do when filming your footage. These are important things to think about before you start shooting because they could be the difference between a natural looking green screen effect, and a fuzzy halo around your subjects. So, consider the following:

  1. If you can, stretch your green screen so that it is pulled tight and free of wrinkles. Clamps, or large bulldog clips are ideal for helping to keep everything smooth and secure.
  2. Make sure your background is well lit. Studio lighting will help with this, but any light sources will work as long as the green screen is evenly lit without too much variation in light or shadow.
  3. Speaking of shadows, try to ensure that your subjects do not cast shadows on your backdrop. Change your lighting or move the subjects further away from the green screen to minimize any shadows on your backdrop.
  4. Clothing choices are important. If your subject wears green, they will appear eerily transparent!
  5. Lastly, do a test shoot to check your lighting and subject are well placed and look good when viewed on the iPad. There is nothing worse than having to re-shoot scenes because you missed something in your initial setup.

1) Set-up the tripods and adjust the telescopic poles to desired height.

2) Attach the H1 and H4 crossbars to the tripod poles using the included washers and wingnuts.

3) Slide the green muslin background onto the H4 crossbar, using the loop sewn into the fabric.

4) Insert the H2 crossbar, into the center of the H1 and H4 crossbars until it clicks into place.