December 9, 2011

D.I.Y. Projector Screens

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1.  Make Yo Own

Several churches have chosen to fashion their own screens with alternative materials that are cheaper than purchasing screens.  Here is a summary of a DIY Screen from
Simple Steps
1.  Cut poplar boards to  frame out the designated size of your screen area.
2.  Cut the ends of each board to a 45 degree angle.
3.  Cut velveteen fabric into four strips to cover boards.
4.  Lay each fabric strip on a clean, firm surface and center the corresponding section of the frame on top of it. Wrap and stretch the fabric around the board and staple it into place, so that the fabric is positioned with a small gap of bare wood showing down the center of each section of the frame (the fabric will lay over the back side of the frame sections with about ¾ inch on each edge.)
5.  Carefully trim the fabric at the ends to match the 45 degree angle of the boards. If necessary, use Elmer’s glue to tack the fabric to the board at each end so that it is held flush with the 45-degree cut.
6.  Lay out the fabric-wrapped frame sections face down in a rectangle so you can join them together. Use one L-bracket on each corner and affix accordingly.
7.  Roll out the seamless paper, and lay it over the frame. Starting at one of the sides, staple the end of the paper into place along the exposed wood area.  One staple every 9″ is adequate.  Once you reach the opposite end of the frame, trim the paper from the roll, and staple the final edge into place.

2. Paint Yo Wall

Many people have thrown aside the big budget and the hammer for painted solutions.  Almost every major brand of paint now carries reflective paint specifically made for the video projection industry.  Churches, schools, and even several movie theaters have switched from fragile, expensive fabric to reflective paint.  Be sure to locate the correct paint before beginning your project.  Simple gloss paints will leave hot spots in your final project.
Simple Steps
1.  Mark off your display area according to your chosen projector.  Use painter’s tape to accurately mark your lines.  Be sure to put something down over the floor just in case you get messy.
2.  Once the area is ready, paint the area with video reflective paint.  Be patient as reflective paint takes longer than usual to dry.  You will notice lots of lines until it dries thoroughly.
3.  Frame out the area using trim, cloth, or black paint.  Make sure the color of the “frame” contrasts with the color you choose.

Suggested Paint:
Behr Silverscreen Paint

3.  Do They Make Spandex The Big

For those of you looking for an affordable mobile screen, try the WEE solution.  After searching endlessly for an affordable mobile screen ,  we discovered a priceless jewel that could set up in multiple locations quickly.  For less than a hundred dollars, we chose to go with a dense spandex screen.  Our set -up time is literally about ten minutes and we can carry the entire screen wadded up in a backpack.  It  is also easy to clean.  You can throw the screen in the washer with grandma’s spandex, just be sure to use the gentle cycle.  The screen also looks really cool.  Instead of a boring rectangle, you can stretch the screen into just about any design you can imagine.  Trust me, the picture is amazing, the set-up is simple, and we don’t have to own a trailer to carry it to our next ministry location.
Materials Needed
1.  Dense Spandex  or cross-soven lycra
2. Trussing System (Find a cheap one on EBAY – we spent $79.99)
3.  Bungee Ties

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