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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Chinese Inflatable Screen on: December 20, 2007, 08:38:17 pm
sgtvan, I'm interested as well.  I was quoted $440 direct from the guy, including blower, plus freight. I'm told by a friend who also does much business in China to "never accept the first price quote," alas looking "american." 
I looked online for blowers, and there are many available that are higher output, but markup becomes the problem--they're all around $175 to $225, compared to about $80.
I think if we can get the screen price down a bit, and really get the freight down, we may have a winner!  Heck, if each of us "in the biz" bought a few of them, I'm sure there are parks depts/churches/schools that would like to save a buck or two compared to the $4K alternatives out there.

Just my $.02.

Matt
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Chinese Inflatable Screen on: December 20, 2007, 08:29:57 pm
I use a 3K on a 9x12, and its great (when dark out). if you look a projector central on their calcualtor, I think they recommend at least 3500 ANSI lumens for a 16x9' screen.  of course, that's the "official" calculation...in a backyard, when its dark, I'm sure 2K would probably be OK.  The difference becomes how dark out it really needs to be before you can get an image.  If you setup the night before and tweak everything, you're cool!  as you know, getting an image with a live audience is truly a "showbiz" moment...been there, done that!
3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Halloween 2007 - What's your plan? on: December 05, 2007, 03:16:44 pm
I know, past the prime here, but just found this thread.
in '06, I built a 24' long pirate ship framework, and used some theatrical scrim for the "sail."  I then lit it from the front and back (lights were on a controller/dimmer) so I could make the pirate skeleton hanging from the mast behind the sail "appear" when the front light went off. you could also hit it with your projector and show clips from "pirates" or something like that--you could even find a good closeup on the DVD and "pause" the image and show that on the screen...gives a really cool, haunting/diffuse effect.

I did a 14' diameter flying saucer this year, built from PVC (of course).  I won't go into tons of detail here, but I had a bunch of PAR 46 lights inside it on a controller--and with the bottom being black mesh tarp, could also project images out of the underside for the passing kids to see.

took a lot of time, what with the lighting/audio/fog, etc., but was fun!

Matt
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Gemmy 12' Inflatable Screen - $148 plus Free In-Store pickup at Walmart on: November 29, 2007, 11:13:57 am
that price is hard to resist--even if it only lasts a season or two.

Does anyone know--does the screen mat on the Gemmy's work w/ rear-projection?

Matt
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Commercial - Rental/service business discussions / Re: My First "Drive-In" Movie on: November 27, 2007, 11:50:44 pm
Gadget, what FM device are you using?  I've been playing around with a Drake.  what kind of range/fidelity did you get?

Matt
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Blu-Ray on: November 27, 2007, 11:47:19 pm
just curious, has anyone tried the LG combo (Blu-Ray/HDDVD) player yet? 

I haven't checked the Holiday prices on them, but I think they're about down to the Blu-Ray prices.

Matt
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Chinese Inflatable Screen on: November 26, 2007, 11:16:09 pm
Thanks for the input guys.  reply not too lenghty at all--I'll take all the info I can get before I buy "blind." 
I have a friend in the import business--I don't know the geography that well over there, but I'm going to see if it would be at all feasible to have this thing put in one of his containers--who knows?  might save a buck or two.  I agree though, compared to what else I've seen--getting a screen this size for the money is a huge deal.

thanks again!

Matt
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Chinese Inflatable Screen on: November 26, 2007, 02:34:02 pm
bmac,

I emailed the chinese screen guy, got a price of about $440 plus shipping (for the 16x9).
question--did the slight sag in the middle go away after some use?  also, sorry if I missed this elsewhere, but does that screen fabric work at all for rear projection?
thanks,

Matt
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