Outdoor Movies: Finding The Right Equipment Provider So You Can Have a Successful Movie Event

Outdoor movie events on inflatable movie screens re-create the experience of the old drive-in movie. With today’s new technology of inflatable movie screens and portable high-powered projectors, an open air cinema event can be hosted at any outdoor venue. Movie night events are becoming popular for organizations such as schools, churches, businesses and cities. Finding the right equipment provider to produce your movie night event is essential so that your organization produces an event that it is well received by your audience and is stress free to organize.

Before you hire an audio/visual company for your movie night event, 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.

  • Typically these kind of outdoor movie providers carry no insurance, or say they have insurance, but it does not cover outdoor movie event productions.
  • These kind of companies typically hire people with NO particular skill set to work their outdoor movie events.
  • Equipment from these kind of providers are inexpensive, usually is not commercial grade (but rather equipment meant for personal use) or that is under-powered 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.

  • Professional companies that produce movie events outdoors 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.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR HIRING A COMPANY TO PRODUCE YOUR MOVIE EVENT OUTDOORS.

Ask the following questions to the company you are looking to hire:

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.

How do I obtain a movie license?

Beware of a companies that tell 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 a lot about what they are doing. The brand of screen that is being used will both effect 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-through 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′ inflatable screen the same as another companies 35′ inflatable screen? Do they measure the screen surface or frame? Are they measuring their inflatable movie screen on the diagonal, 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.

Back to the Future Movie Shows how to Connect Your Flux Capacitor & Find Your Jiggawat Jackpot

Annette Moser-Wellman, in her book, The Five Faces of Genius: The Skills to Master Ideas at Work, identifies five creative thinking styles or processes of ideation. The metaphors she uses to describe these creative tools are the Seer, the Observer, the Alchemist, the Fool and the Sage. Wellman shares a story about Albert Einstein to explain the importance of the creative face she calls the Seer.

Seers pay attention to the pictures in their mind’s eye. Albert Einstein’s radical, new theory of relativity began as an image he had as a young man when he pondered the picture of someone riding on a wave of light. He wondered, “What would the landscape look like as the person traveled through space?” Einstein paid attention to his new image of space and time. Pondered it. Cherished it. The 1985 Steven Spielberg movie, Back to the Future, is an allegorical story that alludes to Albert Einstein’s light-speed vision that occurred in the moments when he was riding in a streetcar and looked back at Bern’s clock tower. Einstein had moved to Bern, Switzerland in 1902 at the age of 22 from his hometown in Germany, carrying all his worldly belongings in a single suitcase.

Applying his new theory Einstein decided the clock would appear to him to have stopped, while the watch in his pocket also traveling at the speed of light would continue to run at the same time. This confirmed his idea that time is not the same for all observers when objects approach the speed of light.

Spielberg’s movie highlights the Seer’s creative ability. As Wellman explains it, the creative genius of the Seer breaks through by staying focused on their image. In Einstein’s case, he allowed himself to stay obsessed with the image of traveling at the speed of light.

Back to the Future both entertains and enlightens. It’s a modern-day parable about the cycle of time and clearing away negativity from the past can lead to a better future. It takes place in the small, modern town of Hill Valley. The Mayor, with the help of the local preservation society, wants to replace the clock in the town’s clock tower, which stopped almost 30 years ago when it was hit by lightening. Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, is a Teenager from Hill Valley whose parents are caricatures of low self-esteem. His father is so timid he can barely communicate, and his mother makes herself oblivious with alcohol.

Marty hangs out with a reclusive scientist named Doc Emit Brown, whom his high school principal says Marty should stay away from, or he’ll turn out to be a loser just like his father. Doc Brown is conducting a temporal experiment involving sending his dog, Einstein, on a journey through time in the Delorean with a clock attached to his collar. The Delorean is a sports car Brown has turned into a time travel machine. When the Delorean (operated by remote control) reaches the speed of 88 miles per hour it enters hyperspace, and Einstein, the dog, instantaneously becomes the world’s first time traveler. One minute later the Delorean returns and amazingly Einstein’s clock hasn’t changed! The heart of Doc’s vision, the Flux Capacitor, is what makes time travel in the Delorean possible. Brown’s challenge, however, is that the Delorean needs plutonium to run – or 121 jigawatts of electricity!

Where does he find the needed plutonium? Libyan Nationalists (terrorists) who later shoot Doc Brown because they want their plutonium back! But don’t worry, in the story Marty uses a small remaining supply of plutonium to go back in time to save Brown’s life by warning him just minutes ahead of time. In doing so Marty returns to an earlier Hill Valley and he meets his parents when they were teenagers. While he’s there he intervenes in their lives and changes their future, and thus his own.

After this Marty is able to return to his own time, even though he is out of plutonium, with the help of a younger Doc Brown who harnesses the power of lightening, which Marty knows will hit the Hill Valley Clock Tower at exactly 2 minutes after midnight. This provides enough energy (121 jiggawatts of electricity) to kick-start the Delorean into hyperspace. Finally, Marty returns in triumph to the Hill Valley of the present to find that Doc Brown has been saved by a precautionary, bullet-proof vest and Marty’s parents are now confident, successful people.

Doc Brown’s creative skill as a Seer and the dream he had thirty years ago made all this possible. He was standing on the edge of the toilet hanging a clock in the bathroom, when he slipped, fell and hit his head on the sink. When he came to, he had a revelation – A Vision: The Flux capacitor, which is the heart of his creative invention and what makes time travel possible. It took him almost 30 years to realize the vision of that day. This happened because, like Albert Einstein, he stayed focused on his image and allowed it to live into the future.

This charming allegorical story is a modern day parable of dreams and the amazing power they have to lead us into the future. Doc Brown dreamed of a kind of heart (The Flux Capacitor) that would allow energy to flow past time barriers! The hidden message here is that we too can choose to open our hearts and minds to a new world of exciting possibilities. Like Marty, this intra-personal connectivity has a way of grounding us and clearing away negativity so we can receive the power of love to breakthrough to our own Jiggawatt Jackpot!

The Social Network – A Facebook Movie Showing How It Got Started

Do you ever cruise the Internet and wonder how some of the more popular sites got their start? Can you imagine yourself creating the next MySpace or Facebook? If all of this sounds interesting to you there is a new movie that is a must see, The Social Network is the unofficial biography of how the social networking giant Facebook got started. The Facebook Movie may not be a golden globe winner, but it will definitely shake up commonly held ideas about what it takes to start a business and make it successful.

What is Social Networking?

There are a few people on the planet who are still unsure why these sites are so wildly popular. Facebook and MySpace are giants on the World Wide Web, nearly everyone has one or the other and some people have both. These sites are used to connect with friend and family both near and far as well as making new “friends”. Depending on the site you use you will have some latitude in designing your profile page, MySpace allows a great deal of creativity including backgrounds and music, where Facebook is a bit more plain Jane.

What most of these social network sites do have in common is the ability for you to share your life in pictures, comments and messages to a broad number of people all around the globe. That is the draw and appeal today though in the beginning Facebook was merely used among certain colleges, beginning with Harvard.

Today, however Facebook is the way people interact, both good and bad. It is not uncommon to see an all out war on the pages of the site between two or more people. Pictures, comments and messages can become extremely revealing and ugly and it is hard to imagine just how many people are watching the drama from afar silently.

The Social Network – A Facebook Movie

The Social Network is a movie about how all of this got started. The plot and script are based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich and neither have been sanctioned by the people closest to the top at Facebook. This tale of money, genius, betrayal and sex should make for a great guilty pleasure, even if the facts are not 100% verified by the people they are about! It is very unlikely the people portrayed would be absolutely honest about their character flaws or weaknesses anyway.

There is a great cast set for The Social Network including Brenda Song and Justin Timberlake. If you have always wondered what it would take to start an extremely popular and prosperous website this is the movie for you! Of course, most of us will go see the Facebook Movie just to revel in the money, betrayal and intimate relationships but either way it should be a blast!