blue screen

plural blue screens

Definition of blue screen

1 : a photographic technique in which a subject is filmed in front of a blue background so as to allow matte (see matte entry 3 sense 2) compositing of the film with other footage also : the blue background — compare green screen
2 : blue screen of death Many blue screens are caused by bad memory modules or corrupted disk drives.— George Cox

Examples of blue screen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was one shot for this sequence done in front of a blue screen, which, on the stage, looked like Crawford riding a piece of cut-off whale flesh to be inserted into the moment the creature emerges from the water. Nick Romano,, "A whale of a good time: The Boys season 2 team dissect the gutting water face-off," 4 Sep. 2020 The Ghostbusters were then layered on top of this footage using blue screen. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Your World Works Podcast: The Special Effects Behind 'Ghostbusters'," 27 Oct. 2015 With miniatures, blue screens and an artist's eye, Richard Edlund helped create a universe that has captivated audiences for decades. Ben Brazil,, "Special-effects trailblazer who oversaw original 'Star Wars' trilogy brings his expertise to Chapman University," 15 Mar. 2018 Eventually, the blue screen behind her will be replaced with billowy clouds against an impossible sky., "A Wrinkle in Time," 19 Dec. 2017 Around the world, 18 effects houses had started creating the hundreds of shots that would fill in all those blue screens. Dan Kois, New York Times, "The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of blue screen

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Blue screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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