Homecoming and Outdoor Movies

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 4, 2010 Under Event Productions

Homecoming is an annual tradition of the United States. People, towns, high schools and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back former residents and alumni. It is built around a central event, such as a banquet and, most often, a game of American football, or, on occasion, basketball, or ice hockey. When celebrated by schools, the activities vary widely. However, they usually consist of a football game played on the school’s home football field, activities for students and alumni, a parade featuring the school’s marching band and sports teams, and the coronation of a Homecoming Queen.

This year, a North Georgia middle school football team celebrated homecoming by hosting an outdoor movie event on their football field. Prior to the movie start, this season’s football team and cheerleaders were introduce to the community in front of the movie screen.

The homecoming outdoor movie night was a great way to bring the team and their families, faculty and staff together for a fun night of entertainment around the big screen. The audience enjoyed the feature presentation of The Blind Side while spending quality time together.

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Military uses outdoor movie to inspire troops

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 4, 2010 Under Event Productions

Outdoor movie at military base

INSPIRE verb \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\
Definition of INSPIRE: to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration.

In sports, it has become tradition that coaches must give their team an emotional message before sending them into competition. We have observed the magical powers of the “win one for the Gipper” speeches from such movies as Hoosiers.

Movies are also used to inspire. In the movie Facing the Giants, the turning point of inspiration was when the coach asks the captain of his football team, Brock, to do the death crawl on the field. Brock had resigned himself to losing the next football match, so the coach wanted to show him that he can actually triumph in “facing the giants” if he only kept going and doing his best.

In October 2009, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division officially began its fourth movement overseas in six years. To mark the moment and provide an appropriate send off for those soldiers awaiting deployment again, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, visited the troops. Cucolo, along with 3rd HBCT commander Col. Pete Jones, addressed the troops during what is called a “color casing ceremony,” a symbolic event that readies the unit’s colors for movement and marks the beginning of the brigade’s deployment to Iraq.

Another inspirational event was also held for the troops on base before their deployment … a showing of the movie “Rudy”. The movie is about the true-life story of Rudy Ruettiger, a small town boy who has dreams of joining the Notre Dame football team. After graduating high school, Rudy works in the local steel mill with the rest of his family as expected, but his boyhood dreams of playing Notre Dame football resurface when a mill accident claims a friend’s life. Rudy leaves home to pursue his dream, and although he struggles with a learning disability, he gains admission to Notre Dame. Despite his small build, his display of undying motivation and determination during football tryouts and practices earns him a spot on the team and, ultimately, a chance to run out of the famed tunnel and into the hearts of dreamers everywhere.

The presentation of Rudy to the troops was shown outdoors on the largest inflatable movie screen in the South. Rudy illustrates inspiration for achieving the impossible. The movie is a great illustration of how self-confidence, hard work, and persistence will help you achieve any goal.

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Themed Summer Camp Activities Includes Outdoor Movies

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 4, 2010 Under Event Productions

Outdoor movie at summer camp
The traditional view of a summer camp as a woody place with hiking, canoeing, and campfires is evolving, with greater acceptance of newer summer camps that offer a wide variety of specialized activities. A favorite activity of summer campers are movie nights outdoors under the stars. Campers unwind together on blankets and snack on popcorn as they enjoy a blockbuster film on a portable movie screen. Often camp directors will theme the movie night to the week’s activity.

Pictured: High-energy music is played before the movie start. Often audience members will dance to the music. Here a group of campers join to dance to the YMCA.

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Video Game Tournaments on the Big Screen

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 4, 2010 Under Event Productions

Video game playing is not just for young kids anymore. According to The Entertainment and Software Association, the average video game player is 34 years old. Today in American more than 67 percent of households play computer and video games.

With entertainment software being one of the fastest growin industries in America, gaming competitions are taking on a new twist. Kids (and adults) will now can experience awesome graphics and rocking sound on a four story inflatable outdoor movie system. Outdoor gaming tournaments on movie screen systems can be single elimination tournament style or competition play. Many event producers of gaming tournaments use the event as a fundraiser. Southern Outdoor Cinema has the expertise and know-how to host an awesome game tournament.



Guitar Hero Game has become the newest rage in the gaming industry. The Guitar Hero series are music video games in which players use a guitar-shaped game controller to simulate playing lead, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the virtual audience excited. The games attempt to mimic many features of playing a real guitar, including the use of fast-fingering hammer-ons and pull-offs and the use of the whammy bar to alter the pitch of notes.

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Memorial Day Tribute Honors Soldiers on Big Screen

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 4, 2010 Under Event Productions

For most of us, Memorial Day marks the beginning of a season of summer fun. But don’t let the real meaning of the holiday get lost amidst the barbecues and beach sand. Memorial Day – originally called “Decoration Day” – unofficially began in 1865 as a way to honor fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. While we should honor our veterans at every opportunity, we sometimes fail to remember those who did not make it home.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time

During a Memorial Day Tribute held in North Georgia, a two-story tall inflatable movie screen was used to display old photos of local soldiers who fought in World War II. The hometown Mayor read names of local heroes as each soldiers photo was presented on the large screen with a military band playing patriot music in the background. Family members in attendance snapped photos of their loved ones as they appeared on the big screen.

Make your event really special by incorporating the use of inflatable movie screens. Southern Outdoor Cinema supplies large inflatable movie screens for larger-than-life screening of videos and presentations.

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