Home-made outdoor movie screen

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  • City-Sickness 12 Jul 2005 13:37:27 318 posts
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    I'm having an outdoor movie night this Friday in the back garden, looking for a cheap & cheerful screen solution. It's just for one night (I'm borrowing the projector), so I don't want to spend much money or time on it.

    Anyone ever made their own screen?
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2005 13:39:24 31,491 posts
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    You could buy an art canvas from the Works publishers outlet for about 15, they are pretty big but not massive. Where are you based? I have a screen in the loft I'm not using (Berkshire)

    Or paint a wall white obviously
  • ssuellid 12 Jul 2005 13:39:42 19,141 posts
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    Just use a big white or cream sheet. Or a white wall of the house.

    And say hello to the massed hoards of insects that visit.
  • atholl 12 Jul 2005 13:40:56 85 posts
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    just tape a white sheet to a wall / washing line / 4 bits of wood bracketed together ...

    works a treat!
  • City-Sickness 12 Jul 2005 13:43:12 318 posts
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    Am in Ireland here, so unfortunately Berkshire is a little out of the way - thanks anyhow.

    Garden is pretty small and there's not enough wallspace anywhere to project on.

    I guess the easiest thing would be to string a sheet (or maybe some of that blackout material used for lining curtains) along a length of washing line, and weigh it down at the bottom somehow.

    Forgot about the insects! :/
  • deem 12 Jul 2005 13:45:10 31,641 posts
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  • ssuellid 12 Jul 2005 13:46:26 19,141 posts
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    City Sickness wrote:
    weigh it down at the bottom somehow.

    pegs, string and a big stone or two should do it.
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2005 13:46:27 31,491 posts
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    that would be ideal, to weight it get 2 long bits of wood and sandwich the bottom of the sheet between the wood and bang some nails through (means the screen should be relatively crease free)
  • City-Sickness 12 Jul 2005 13:58:49 318 posts
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    Top job, EG. Got a good few ideas to work on now.

    /hugs forum
    /drops the hand
  • Grunk 12 Jul 2005 14:20:09 4,718 posts
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    Right, what you need is:

    two horses
    some rope
    a large canvas sheet
    and a couple of Belgians.........
  • asphaltcowboy 12 Jul 2005 14:21:52 5,140 posts
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    Grunk wrote:

    Right, what you need is:

    two horses
    some rope
    a large canvas sheet
    and a couple of Belgians.........
    And don't forget a few pints of Stella!
  • deem 12 Jul 2005 14:21:54 31,641 posts
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  • Load_2.0 12 Jul 2005 14:24:34 19,139 posts
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    Or if all that fails, download the entire script, memorise it and play every character in the movie using household items as props. A mop could be a wig or a horse or a lightsaber, which covers all your genre's.
  • gamingdave 12 Jul 2005 14:29:14 4,216 posts
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    I wouldnt use a normal sheet onm its own, a lot of the light will pass through it. Stretch the sheet over some card 1st. Once made a temp scrren out of 4 sheets of A0 card taped together with a sheet stretched over, and it was fine.

    Blackout cloth would be perfect though, as it doesnt allow light to pass through.
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