Stephen Colbert, Greenscreens, ILM

[This is oooold, but I just discovered it in my drafts and realized I never published it…]

ILM compositors have never met a greenscreen they didn’t like. And when Stephen Colbert appeared in front of one while making tons of Star Wars references, a group of ILMers thought it would be fun to do something with that footage. So they roughed out some ideas, pitched them to the company and it was a go. Their effort paid off. Not only was their work featured on The Colbert Report, but those bastards friends of mine got to fly to New York and meet Stephen Colbert himself. They said he’s very tall and very, very loud. Needless to say I was ridiculously jealous.

Here’s the episode that got things started (btw, this is my home district and I absolutely adore Lynn Woolsey) (link to Comedy Central):
The Beginning

And here is ILM’s submission along with the guest appearance by George Lucas (links to Comedy Central):
The Finalists
The Winner
The Lightsaber Duel

Later and more recently (during the 2008 Presidential Election), Stephen issued another greenscreen challenge, this time asking viewers to use footage of McCain to make him More Exciting. While there were no official entries from ILM, one ILMer did submit two bits that made it onto the Colbert Report: John Knoll. (Yes, that John Knoll.)

Anyway, here are his McCain Challenge submissions (links to youtube):
Blue Suede Shoes
Oscar Acceptance Speech

I love that one of the comments about these vids on that youtube channel is: “you have some l33t chroma-key skills!” Yes… yes he does.


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