When watching a movie, you might not even notice them — but when you try to do it yourself, it can be quite a challenge. Let’s explore the art of screen replacements.

Cover image from Date Night

If it hasn’t happened already, there will be a time you need to replace a screen for a project. Whether it’s a television, computer monitor, phone, or tablet — so many projects demand screen replacements in post. Fortunately, adding a screen in post-production is usually a much easier process than trying to capture a screen practically — especially if you’re using an older device that doesn’t even power on anymore.

For a quick glance at the use of screen replacements, Vox has a great piece in which they interview Todd A. Marks — whose work you’ve probably seen before (The Net, Star Trek: Nemesis, Anchorman 2, and Steve Jobs).

As you can see, the process can be quite an undertaking and — at times — a difficult art form to master. However, if you should ever find yourself needing to replace a screen in one of your productions, there are resources available to help you find your way.

Video Tutorials: Screen Replacements

Here are a few video tutorials to check out before diving into your screen replacement project. You might notice that some of the devices in these videos are a bit outdated, but fear not — the screen replacement techniques haven’t changed, only the tech.

Replacing Cell Phone and Tablet Screens in After Effects from PremiumBeat

Screen Replacement and Motion Tracking from thevfxbro

Final Cut Pro iPhone Screen Replacement from Imagineer Systems

Share your best screen replacements in the comments below!