Understanding Insurance for Outdoor Movie Events

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Jul 17, 2012 Under Tips

For guests, outdoor movie events are a simple, relaxing way to spend an evening. For outdoor movie event planners, on the other hand, there is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes in order to host a successful event. In the best case, your event will be a huge success with no problems, but there is always a chance that something could go wrong. Proper insurance for your outdoor movie event is the best way to protect yourself and all of your hard work against issues like poor weather, accidents or injuries. Here is an overview of the different types of insurance you should consider having for your event.

General Liability Insurance

Your outdoor cinema provider should hold adequate general liability insurance. General liability insurance from the equipment provider covers any damage the company might do while setting up and producing the outdoor movie event, such as hitting a stake into a water sprinkler line. The industry standard for outdoor cinema companies is $1,000,000 of general liability insurance.

Weather Insurance

Weather is impossible to predict, particularly when it comes to weather for a movie event that you must plan and market for ahead of time. Weather insurance insures against weather variations. After spending so much time planning your event, rain on the big day is a huge disappointment. More than being a disappointment, it can also be costly. Depending on your contracts, you may still be responsible for fees for the venue, equipment provider and entertainment. Weather insurance protects you from losing money if you must cancel your event due to unexpected weather conditions.

Event Insurance

Event insurance is short term liability insurance that covers you against claims related to damage to the venue, or injury to spectators or innocent bystanders. This type of insurance is perhaps the most important from a financial stand point. An insurance agent can go over your options and help you decide how much coverage you need for your outdoor movie event.

The purpose of insurance is to lower your risk of loss. So much goes on behind the scenes of a successful outdoor movie event: choosing and securing a venue, planning for food and entertainment, marketing, and more. It takes a considerable amount of time, and money, to plan and host an outdoor movie, so it makes sense to protect yourself as best as possible with insurance. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste; be sure to secure appropriate insurance to protect yourself against unexpected circumstances.

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What Is A Projector Lumen and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 16, 2012 Under Tips

As you search for an equipment provider for your outdoor movie event, you might be feeling unsure about what types of questions to ask them about their equipment. One important question you might want to ask if about the lumens of their equipment. Simply asking about the lumens will not give you a complete picture of the quality of their equipment, though. You need to ask about the quality of their screens as well. Here are the basics of lumen, and some information about different types of screens, so you can ask the right questions when interviewing potential equipment providers.

Lumen measures the brightness of a projector. Higher lumen equals a brighter image. For outdoor movie events, where the screens are large, it is particularly important for the projector be a high lumen projector, so large, bright picture can be produced. Lumen is important because a bright, clear image is what will give your outdoor movie theater quality. A high lumen projector is not all that is needed for a bright, clear picture; the screen the image is projected onto matters just as much.

The quality of a screen is measured by the amount of light it reflects, or its Gain factor. As a general rule, screens with higher Gain factors produce higher quality images. This is because a transparent, or see-thru, screen will lose up to 50% of the light from the projector. A bright image on a high quality screen is particularly important in an outdoor setting, where light distractions, such as street lights, can affect the image on a low quality screen.

A high lumen projector and a screen with an appropriate Gain factor work together to produce the best quality images. It is important to ask potential equipment providers about both the lumen of the their equipment and the quality of their screens. You will be glad you did your homework when you can offer your guests a theater quality movie experience in an outdoor setting.

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Volunteers and Workers: The People Behind the Scenes at An Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Jul 10, 2012 Under Tips

If you have not planned your own outdoor movie event, what goes on behind the scenes is probably a mystery for you. A ton of work goes into planning one of these events and making it a success. People are needed to perform various jobs that are essential for outdoor movie events. Let’s look at the many people needed behind the scenes at an outdoor movie event.

Parking Attendants
Finding a place to park will be the first concern for guests. If your venue has a small parking lot and you are expecting a large crowd, you might need parking attendants to assist guests with parking. If your parking area is a field, for example, you might need parking attendants to direct guests to where they should park so that all of the guests will be able to fit into the limited parking area.

Event Greeters
Depending on the type of event, greeters might be desired to welcome guests as they enter the venue. Church events typically feature greeters, but you might utilize a greeter at other types of events as well.

Activities Staff
Are you planning any activities to kick off your event and keep guests busy as they wait for the movie start time? If you are planning on having activities such as a bounce house or face painting, you will need staff to organize and supervise the activities.

Concession Workers
Will you have a concession stand at your event? You will need people for several jobs related to the concession stand. You will need concession stand workers to purchase food for the event, and sell food during the event. Concession stand workers might also obtain food donations from local businesses and restaurants.

Clean up crew
Don’t forget about clean-up. Most of your staff will be focused on guests: welcoming them, helping them park, and organizing food sales and activities. A clean-up crew is there to make sure the venue stays clean, and everything gets cleaned up following the outdoor movie event. The clean-up crew provides essential services such as putting out trash pails, emptying the pails as needed throughout the night, and cleaning up after the event.

A great outdoor movie event will seem smooth and effortless to guests, but organizers know better. In order to create a simple, fun outdoor movie event for guests, a lot of work must be done before, during and after the event, and a lot of people are needed to make it all happen.

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Venue Lighting For Your Outdoor Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 4, 2012 Under Tips


Today I want to talk to you about lighting your outdoor movie area.

Number One: if you’re using a rear projection screen, that is the projector is behind the screen, set them in front. Then you’ll want to make sure you do not have any light sources directly behind the screen as they will come through the screen as well as the projection.

Number Two: never place a screen directly under a street light or flood lights. Any light that hits a screen will reflect back including streetlights and bulb lights as well as the projection itself.

Number Three: attention to where there is ambient light where the screen and the audience will be. Ambient light is just a bright area that’s caused by street lights or floodlights lights. Oftentimes your audience doesn’t need to be sitting in pitch black dark. That’s fine if there’s some ambient street light around or something like that. But you don’t want it directly on them, they don’t want to be sitting in a very bright area. As well as you don’t want the screen in a very bright area as it’ll wash out the screen.

Number Four: make sure you do have lights for your bathrooms. If you’re in an area that needs port-a-potties, make sure you have lights inside the port-a-potties, it can be as simple as a glow stick, or push light, or something else, but people have to see what they’re doing when it’s dark outside in a port-a-potty.

Number Five: make sure that you have lights in a concession area. Now, people can’t see that you have a concession area or that they’re at the concession area and they can’t see the products, they’re less likely to actually buy something. So make sure you have a well lit area, something that’s Always possibly an issue is that lights attract bugs so make sure that you consider that as well. Broke lights work well, sometimes you can get the yellow lights instead of the white lights that will attract bugs less. And sometimes it’s not an issue at all, but it’s at least something you should be considering.

Number six: if you have it available, make sure that you are turning lights on at the conclusion of the movie so that as people are getting up and they’re getting ready to leave that they can find their wallets, and their cellphones, and their children. And definitely, if you don’t have field lights in the area, make sure you rent or buy some floodlights that you can turn on so that people can see what they’re doing.

Number Seven: Make sure you have lights near the parking area. Normally, it’s easy if you have a parking lot where there are overhead parking lights, but if you are in a field or somewhere where there’s not lights for somebody whose parked, make sure have some general lights up in the area so that people can make their way to their car in safety.

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5 Movies to Watch On Independence Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 2, 2012 Under Movie Articles

This 4th of July, after the parades, barbeques and fireworks displays are over, settle in for the night with one of these movies.

This is America, Charlie Brown
This selection is actually a set of 8 Charlie Brown episodes that are based on American History. Charlie Brown is entertaining for both children and adults, and children will learn about important people and events from American history, such as Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, and the signing of the constitution. This is America, Charlie Brown is a great family 4th of July selection.

Independence Day
This movie takes place just before, and on July 4th. On July 2nd, aliens invade earth. The president, military officials and the unlikely David Levinson, a satellite technician, work to make a plan to save the earth from this attack. On July 4th, David comes up with a plan that allows them to defeat the aliens.

Glory
This movie is set during the Civil War. It focuses on some specific people and events from this important time in American history. Specifically, Captain Robert Shaw, who led the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. This regiment was the first all-black one. The film depicts the regiment battling at Fort Wagner, where Shaw and many of his men died. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry did, however, inspire many more black soldiers to volunteer for the Union.

Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is set during World War II, during the battle of Normandy. All four brothers from the Ryan family are fighting in the war, and after three of the four brothers die, a search begins to find Private Francis Ryan, so that he can be sent home. Many of the men sent to find Private Ryan are killed, and Ryan is distressed when he finds this out, since he views his “brothers in arms” as his only remaining brothers. He is ultimately returned home. This movie is a great example of the toll war can take on American soldiers.

Rocky
Rocky is a must-see, classic American movie. Rocky Balboa is a debt collector in Philadelphia, who gets his start in boxing in 1975. Undefeated heavyweight champion boxer, Apollo Creed, selects Rocky as his opponent for the World Heavyweight Championship when his original opponent is injured. The fight takes place on New Year’s Day, 1976. Rocky takes the world by surprise by going 15 rounds with Creed. The fight goes to Creed by decision, but the new boxer, Rocky, made a name for himself with this fight. 1976 is the year of the Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, making this film a very fitting choice for the 4th of July.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema is the largest producer of PREMIUM outdoor movie events in the country. They are leading the industry with NEW & UNIQUE outdoor movie events. To begin planning your outdoor movie event contact Southern Outdoor Cinema at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com or visit their online photo gallery at www.facebook.com/SouthernOutdoorCinema for event ideas.

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