Plan, know the space, and be clear about the objectives of the system are the main factors to consider to ensure the success of a project including outdoor screens.
By Alejandra Garcia Velez
Neither rain, nor sun can be prevent a screen achieves provide optimal image amidst any outdoor show. So chosen for installation of such equipment must meet certain requirements as well as being flexible enough to allow modify the installation according to the specific characteristics of the show.
We have to talk about it in this edition with three guests who shared the secrets during the course of their work have been used to achieve success in their projects and installations. First we have Nate LaMar, international regional manager for Latin America Draper, Inc., Ivan Dorado, company representative Peroni and Ossama Mina, president of AVP Multimedia.
Several factors point to our guests as important when selecting a screen for this type of scenarios in which the natural elements, the viewing distance and the particular needs of the show make the decision to choose between one team or another.
To LaMar the screen size is the most important and the ability to change the frame between models with modular formats is also a tool that allows flexible installation.
For his part, Ivan Dorado Peroni said that should always highlight the dramatic and cinematic staging, ie "be clear from the beginning what the effect you are looking for, dimensions and screen orientation depending on performers and location of the public, "he said.
In addition, he said that should also be taken into account what would be the light conditions of the scenario where the screen is going to be located, because these conditions can influence the choice of the material of the device.
In this regard he pointed out that if you anticipate a situation of very strong lighting will probably be better to use a screen to collect as little as possible ambient light, so that the projection does not suffer from unwanted interference.
In the above case it is better to use a screen gray or even black, colors that can be neutralized with an appropriate backlight. These details are usually discussed by the director, set designer and illuminator show during the planning stages, said the representative of Peroni.
In the topic of the types of screens, another interesting recommendation is to point to folding devices instead of motorized, manual, or fixed as is usual in other types of installations. In addition, our guests pointed out that the necessary light efficiency will depend on the distance between the screen and the projector.
In addition, says Dorado, additional light, atmospheric effects with respect to color, the angle and intensity used, help or harm the efficiency of the projector and the screen itself.
Dorado also notes that unlike interior spaces where the environment and climate are controlled and there is no possibility that the sun, rain or wind, destroyed or require postponing the show, outdoor wind is a great enemy.
Given that the wind can be a danger to the security of the facility and the people present at the show, when using large screens will be necessary that these are microperforated so that a portion of the air can pass through them and so prevent excessive wind causing the detachment of the screens of their racks.
Another common difficulty is the logistics component of up, down and locate screens, especially when they are very ambitious multimedia projects conducted in settings that lack the mechanisms or support needed to assembly operations. In that case one must resort to specialized companies to help solve the problem according to the case, said Dorado.
Meanwhile, Ossama Mina, president of AVP Multimedia, stressed that shows the screens have two main functions, one is to convey what happens on stage (side of the stage) and the other is to make part of the show with visual effects ( stage).
He also highlighted the task of the designer of the show who will determine what is needed as is the goal you want to achieve. In this regard he said that "no show is equal to another, each design, each positioning requires technicians great creative capacity."
The market evolves
The three guests to this article agree in saying that, although it is a relatively new niche market for shows screens has grown considerably in recent years and this trend will continue in the future. In addition to highlighting the new options and technologies developed for this field allow more and better facilities.
This does not rule out that there are challenges and possibilities for improvement. Gold points out that globally the use of screens is very recent; massively, particularly in Mexico, is not widespread use and there are very few trained technicians to handle more than one projector simultaneously, especially if the screens move. "For now only some models of front and rear projection projection, in a very basic way used," he explains.
Mina, however indicates that technological evolution favored the development of this niche. He further pointed out that the older screens are large and heavy, with high requirements at the time of installation, while current are lighter, flexible and easy to hang.
Also do not hesitate to say that every year the demand is greatest, "for current shows is a must have screens. The media is a very strong trend that can not be avoided ".
In that sense also he noted that new technologies, lighter, better picture with lower power consumption and higher software resources to ensure a steady and sustained development of such facilities appear every day.