Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Under The Stars, Pass The PopCorn
It may seem that we were inspired by our long day at Maker Faire, and we were, but mostly this idea is one we have been working on for years.
For about nine years we have been fantasizing, planning, debating, saving, waiting, and hoping for an outdoor movie experience... in our own backyard. Well, we've got a yard, and so last Christmas we made the next big leap and got our hands on a projector. And now, the screen is coming together!
The initial plan Geoff had in mind was to make the frame, to hold the screen, out of wood. I cannot explain or describe it, because I never did "get it." It's okay that I did not understand the first plan, because it is the second plan that we are going with. Geoff, William, and Alex have designed and are building a PVC frame that will hold the grommeted cloth tautly enough to make a screen for Lawrence of Arabia to ride across desert sands, for Wallace and Gromit to unleash their clever creations, for a Fantastic Mr. Fox to torment Boggis, Bunce and Bean.
We have, for nine years, had hours and hours of fun thinking up ideal outdoor movies, and matching outdoor movie menus. It's fun...
"Wallace and Gromit" = Cheese and Crackers, and maybe some big, tasty veg.
"Lawrence of Arabia" = Tea, scones, falafel, hummus, flat bread, dates.
What about... tell us what you would serve with these titles?
"Monty Python and Holy Grail"
"Never Cry Wolf"
"The Princess Bride"
Or any movie... give us a favorite and match it with the perfect meal!
Construction is moving along nicely, with time for family fun and laughter. The frame is super strong, and obviously "multi-capable." And soon our plans and dreams will be fulfilled when we say "Roll film, and please pass the pop-corn," under the stars.