This is a sort of unexpected addition to our Digital Media Lab (DML). It was certainly on my wish list of items to have, but I never thought that a) it would be seen as a necessary component and b) it would be an approved budget item. Sometimes it’s just serendipity. In this case the green screen was suggested by my boss, who had recently used a similar technology at a museum function and had a good time with it. Having already had the purchase rubber-stamped, I wasn’t going to question a good thing and placed the order pronto.
Green screen is a fairly simple special effects technology. It allows for someone\something to be videotaped in front solid green background and then in post processing that background can be removed and replaced with something entirely different. Most people are familiar with the technology, even if you are unaware of it. You can see a green screen being used every night on your local weather report.
It wasn’t until after I purchased the green screen that I thought about all of the neat things that we can do at the library. I’m not going to rattle off a list, but I will mention the thing that I find most exciting. Until now the DML has been mostly focused on adult programming. Photoshop, VHS transfers, logo design, etc. Now we are able to open the lab up to an entirely different demographic – children. Imagine hosting a book talk on Harry Potter in Hogwarts. Or visiting Santa Claus in the elves workshop. The possibilities really are endless.
So you want to see what I’m talking about? Fair Enough. Here is a 10 second clip of our Children’s Librarian Penny displaying her extraordinary acting abilities.