I have had limited success photographing small characters (toy figures) against green screen for use in my animations. Up until now I have had to laboriously cut them out within photoshop elements and save them with a transparent background. Whilst this works very well, its a long process. I have tried using a green screen but the results have never been any good. Until this evening that is when an idea struck me.
On my PC I created a solid pure green image and sized it for my HD tv display screen (1080 HD). I used my PS3 to display the image on screen and then set my character on top of a glass on a table some distance away from the tv screen. I then set my camera on a tripod and zoomed onto my figure so that it filled the frame. The background was just the green display on the tv. I then lit my character with a single light from the front. I used a two second self timer and manual focus and exposure on F8. I then rotated the character as I normally do taking snaps.
The snaps required minimal tidying in photoshop, just a little around the feet of the model where the glass was in view, however, as it was a clear glass most of it was already green as the light shone through from the tv.
Once done I imported them into Premier Elements and applied the green screen effect. The results were much better than I expected. I may post a short clip later showing the results. Just thought I would pass it on in case you need to green screen an item and you don't have a green screen. Clearly, using the tv screen you can have whatever colour screen you need.