The Advantages of an Inflatable Screen Over a Truss Screen

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 1, 2012 Under Tips

If you are planning to host an outdoor movie event you will need a large screen to project the movie onto. Two options you might be considering are a truss screen, with a steel frame, and an inflatable movie screen. Inflatable movie screen technology offers a variety of advantages over a truss screen. Let’s discuss some of the key differences between inflatable movie screens and truss screens.

Inflatable movie screens offer portability that cannot be matched. Inflatable screens are small and can be easily transported and set up almost anywhere. The compact transportation size and manageability of the screen means that inflatable screens can be set up in unique places, such as floating barges, that are not easily accessible for truss style screens.

One of the most important advantages of inflatable screens is quick set-up and tear-down time. Small screens can typically be set-up in under an hour, and large, several story tall screens take just a few hours. A truss screen must be unpacked and assembled; this process takes several hours to as much as a full day. A large Screen on the Green event in Georgia is an excellent example of the importance of a quick set-up and tear-down time. The event used a truss system that required three days of park rental to allow for enough set-up and tear-down time. Three days of park rental cost over $10,000 per day. When the event coordinators made the switch to an inflatable movie screen, a significant amount of production cost was saved. (Click here to retweet this.)

A lower equipment failure rate with inflatable technology is another important advantage to consider as you plan your movie event. A truss system needs to be assembled at each event which allows for human error. The guests at your event will be counting on properly functioning equipment to enjoy the evening; a problem with the equipment could be devastating to the success of this event, and potentially to your reputation if you plan to host future movie events.

Inclement weather is another factor to consider as you compare inflatable and truss systems. In high winds, for example, inflatable screens can be deflated within a few seconds, insuring the safety of the crowd and the equipment. Scaffolds cannot be taken down so easily. Remember the staging collapse incident that occurred before a concert last year for an illustration of the hazard this can create.

Even as you consider the many advantages of inflatable movie screen technology, blower noise might be a concern for you; However, blower noise from inflatable movie screens are no longer a distraction. Technology has improved, and depending on the screen size needed, blower-less inflatable movie screens are now on the market and can stay inflated for days. High-end equipment providers have damper boxes to place the blowers in to reduce blower noise.

The equipment you choose for your outdoor movie showing can make or break your event. The advantages of inflatable screens over truss screens are clear. Set yourself up for success by choosing an inflatable screen for your outdoor movie event.

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Finding The Right Outdoor Movie Company So That You Have A Successful Event

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

Today I want to talk to you about finding the right outdoor movie company so that you may have a succesfful event. First of all you need to know that there are two kinds of companies that produce outdoor movie events:

1.) The first kind of company that produces events are: DJ, Bounce House rental companies, and people who think it showing flicks outdoors is fun as a side businesses to their actual full time employment. These kind of companies typically hire people with now particular skill set to work their outdoor movie events.

Typically these kind of outdoor movie providers carry no insurance, or say they
have insurance
, but it does not cover outdoor movie event productions.

Equipment from these kind of providers are inexpensive, usually not commercial grade (but rather equipment ment for personal use) or that is underpowered for an outdoor movie setting. Their equipment is really ment for indoor movie events.

2.) The second type of company that produces outdoor movie events are full time businesses that specialize only in outdoor cinema productions. Outdoor movie production companies will use theatrical grade screen surfaces, professional grade video and audio sound systems. Cinema production companies equipment include HD digital projectors and high definition sound systems.

Employees of professional cinema companies typically have background in working with stage and audio-visual equipment and often work in the film industry.

Full time outdoor cinema productions companies will carry General Liability Insurance for EXACTLY what they do which is outdoor movie events.

Southern Outdoor Cinema is a company that fits into the second category of outdoor movie providers. We are a professional outdoor cinema company that specializes in outdoor movie productions.


Do you carry insurance and how much insurance do you carry?
Request a copy of the provider’s insurance and call the insurance agency listed on the paper. Find out if the business is covered for outdoor movie events or is the provider list as something else, such as a realtor.

How do I obtain a movie license?
BEWARE of an outdoor movie company that tells you do NOT need a movie license for outdoor movie events in public. These providers are asking you to break copyright laws. Via copyright laws all outdoor movie showings require a public performance license to be purchased, except for events shown in your backyard for personal use.

What brand of screen do you use?
Currently there are only three professional manufacturers of inflatable movie screens: AIRSCREEN, Open Air Cinema and EPIC. If a provider can not name their equipment then they do not know alot about what they are doing. The brand of screen that is use will effect both the presentation of your movie and safety of your event.

What type of screen surface are you using?
Professional grade screen surfaces will use theatrical grade surfaces, just like in the movie theater. Quality of the screen is measured in gain. Screen surfaces should be highly reflective so to produce a bright and colorful picture image. Big-box store and inexpensive screens will have a cloth or plastic surface that is see thru and not very reflective which will produce a dull or poor image quality.

What type of sound and projection are you using?
Most companies will claim they are using state-of-the-art audio or video, but when was it state-of-the-art? Equipment that was top quality 5 years ago, is not top quality today.

Do you maintaining your projectors? Are you changing the projector bulbs regularly?
Bulbs that are not changed in projectors will get dull over time and effect the image quality at your show.

How do you measure your screen size?
Is one companies 50′ screen the same as another companies 35′ screen? Do they measure the screen surface or frame. Are they measuring their inflatable movie screen on the diagnol, width or height. These are important questions to ask when comparing screen systems.

Can you provide references for the last 3 events you produced?
Professional outdoor movie providers should be able to provide references of the last three shows that they produce, not just a select list of references that may be old. Also ask to see pictures of actual events that company has produced.

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