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Open air movies in the summer

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by calscot, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. calscot

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    Now I've got a pj and the summer is here I've had an idea to invite a bunch of mates round to watch a film al fresco - ie in my back garden. It means you can seat a load of people.

    Has anyone done this and what are the problems? The biggest ones I can think of are lack of control of the weather, ditto ambient light, and as it gets dark quite late keeping the sound down to neighbour friendly levels would make it lack any punch.

    I know you can invite your neighbours, but will they all come?

    What does everyone think?

    Cheers,
    Cal.
     
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    I had a moth in the lounge the other evening while watching a film. The moth seemed to fly back and forwards between the projector lens and the screen. A bit annoying!

    Bugs shouldn't get sucked into the projector as the dust filter should stop them.
    Just be careful with running electric cables in the garden. Electrical safety, trip hazards and all that.
    Also, make sure the projector is secure. You wouldn't want anyone to knock it over or spill beer into it!

    Movies in the garden sounds like fun. Good luck.:smashin:
     
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    Sounds like a great idea. What are you going to use as a screen?
     
  4. Dekim

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    Most important of all when do we get an invite? :laugh:

    Deks

    ps we'll bring our own beer
     
  5. Miles@9

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    It's well worth doing. We some times set up a projector and screen in the garden for the kids. We use small self powered speekers like Fostex. You don't need a huge sound, although you could drag your whole 5.1 system out.

    Don't foreget the content if other people over look your garden. You don't want anything too X rated.

    Just got a second hand 16mm film projector just to show films outside. You can rent 16mm films as well as Video / DVD!

    Just be careful, rain and high winds etc. can spoil the fun.

    Enjoy the summer!
     
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    No "porn on the lawn":eek:
     
  7. calscot

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    Not sure yet, but as it'll be rarely used it has to be cheap and doesn't have to be the best.

    I was thinking of painted mdf with a frame and stand knocked up from a load of rough cut 3 by 2.

    Or stretch a sheet over the frame. Or a 22 quid black out blind from Ikea fixed onto the frame with the bottom fixed for wind.

    Cheers,
    Cal.
     
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    I have always thought it would be fun watching something in the garden. ie the Queens Jubilee Rock Concert

    I was going to get a large white sheet and stretch between the windows. The image would not be like in a room but, hey who cares, after a couple of beers you would'nt notice the difference :D
     
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    A friend of mine works at a school and we had a barbecue on the grounds one night and he pinned a giant white cloth to the side of the building and watched black hawk down whilst eating our burgers! must of been a least a 15 foot image, great fun. Just be careful with any damp grass and the electrics.
     
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    One possible thought ... if you'r projector can back project ... could you leave the actual projector (and other electronics) inside and rear project onto a stretched cloth.

    Okay so it won't be the best quality ... but should do you if you can arrange it in your garden.

    Maybe nip down to RS and pick up a pair or two of the cheepest speakers you can get too ... that way if it does suddenly rain nothing expensive will get damaged.

    Vikki

    Vikki
     
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    Take your cue from the ads for The Channel 4 Movie. They used a couple of big horses to pull ropes attached to a big sheet. Don't forget a bucket for the inevitable "fall-out" ;) :D

    Regards
     
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    It's Miller Time!!!

    What's the address?
     
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    I think our hire dept has a 16,000 lumens projector for hire....

    :D
     
  14. gaspx

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    I can't offer much good advice, but my pj is situated upstairs, so I just turned it round and pointed it out the window onto the side of the garage at the bottom of my garden..

    A couple of hours playing Bomberman on the SNES and a film later, I checked the Window and decided it wasn't the <ahem> brightest thing to do.. (who can say "hot window".. ;))

    The pics I took don't really do it justice (crap digi cam). As for sound, I just left the window open and cranked up the amp.. :)

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  15. loftfuton

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    Hi

    Just a thought for the audio. You can buy reasonably cheap little wireless speakers that get their signals from a transmitter, into which you could feed a stereo o/p from your amp ???

    Harry
     

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