Week #10 - and the final scheduled event of the season for this weekly series.
Labor Day, and that brings us to the feature - UP.
A good movie, I thought it was a bit rough for younger kids, but all the the crowd seemed to really like it. At the end we had applause and everything! The weather was cool, about 55d, but nice and clear. about 1/3 of the way into the move, I remembered the ISS as I saw it overhead, so I ran up, grabbed the wireless mic, and pointed it out real quick to the crowd. Lost of people appreciated it, and a pair of elderly ladies thanked me for doing that after the movie.
Our final crowd was 190 movie watchers, and 23 kids messing around. If you were to tally from beginning to end, we have over 1600 people attend the 10 events this summer, (including our 40 person rain night). The event planners are quite happy and are looking forward to next summer - we already have a contract in place.
A couple of slides I made up for pre-show.
Here are a couple of shots of setup testing. I have started testing using the actual movie, and adjusting the projector to the best aspect ratio for that, then just running my preshow real at whatever it looks like. That way I don't mess with the projector again. Sometimes the pre-show over-runs the screen, or looks a bit small, but I am living with it so the movie looks the best.
Had about 75 or so people, and asked them to move around front for a posed pic for the chamber of commerce. Almost all were happy to help out!
UP... "I got you bird. You are my prisoner."
Bad crowd shots tonight for some reason.
For my last 2 shots, I have a couple of things I figured out. Fist of all, I hate screwing the projector feet way in and out. Takes forever, and I think it may stress the bulb to do it while the lamp is lit. I found these rubber pucks. They are for putting under your furniture feet, and just a couple of $$. I stack a few under each foot, and rarely even have to mess with the screws now. I can flip one over and it is 1/2 height. After putting the projector in its case, I just put these in there with it. I would say it cuts several minutes off setup and tear down, and keeps me just a little more sane.
Last is my extension cord bin. It you don't have one, you need one. I also highly recommend the orange cable reels. Learn to use them the proper way, it speeds things up and keeps things so much neater. BTW, I need to open this bin the next day to vent out, there always seems to be a lot o=f condensation, and sometimes a slug or 2 in there. As for the reels, I put the female end in the little slot, and then place the black slider in my left hand. The right hand grabs the knob, and spins the whole reel. Unplug your cord, and leave it out, that way when you reel it in, it pulls the cord, and provides tension on the reel so it goes on straight.
Well folks that about wraps up my summer here in Northern Michigan. I have to thank all who helped get me started, especially Doug. Could have not done it without you bud!! I think all in all, things turned out great, and my business expansion has been greatly received by our local community. 6 months ago, I had nothing, now I have 3 screens, 2 projectors and a great business reputation. people are starting to think about different uses for my service, and I think next year will even be better yet!
Thanks again everybody!!