Making your own projection screen masking system – part 3: Sourcing your components

With the previous videos, you have seen that making your own masking system for a fixed frame screen does not need to be very expensive or difficult.

From the comments I received though, sourcing components is clearly a lot more difficult. So here’s a video that explains where you can source the components for your own system.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

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  1. I am involved with a non profit that teaches theatre to the blind. We are in need of a screen for our upcoming production. I have a great projector and want to build a simple screen, between 12-16 feet across x 6 or 8 feet, that will hang from the lights over the heads of the actors or, if you can suggest., be free standing but must be at least 12 feet high. Could you tell me what materials to buy, which fabrics are best, and suggest where I would get instructions? Thank you, I am really desperate. The show is coming up!

  2. Hi Lynn,

    It can be done, but I would make this with a metal frame constuction, especially when it’s supposed to be freestanding.

    The frame would be made from tubes that are welded together to create the required size.

    For the fabric, you would need to have a fairly elastic fabric and have metal rings punched into it, so you can stretch the fabric and attach it to the back of the frame.

    You would then need to run elastic rope through the eyes and use that to fix the screen to the metal frame and create tension at the same time.

    It’s not an easy project that is likely to go well in one go, as you need to know exactly how big a piece of fabric to use to create a perfectly flat fabric that fits well onto the frame.

    Is there no company that can donate an ex-rental Fastfold screen in your area? That would be a great option for you and a lot of rental companies have screens that are still OK, yet too old to be rented out.

    I hope this helps, but let me know if you need any additional assistance,

    Otto

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