Projecting on Curtains
Have you ever considered using curtains as a part of your multiscreen setup? Whether you have windows you can’t remove, a room you can’t paint, or budget limitations that prohibit you from being able to purchase the screens you need, then curtains are a viable option for your multiscreen setup. We have used curtains in a variety of sizes, rooms, and configurations to create an edge blend setup, triplewide screen, and even environmental projection.
As we will discuss below, there are some options when you incorporate curtains into your multiscreen environment.
Curtains can be just about any type of fabric that you can project onto. (Just be sure when using curtains you consult your local fire proofing laws to ensure you are in compliance.) Perhaps you want to hang curtain from a piece of truss, attach it to a frame, or from beams in your space. Curtains provide a lot of real estate upon which to project your images and motion graphics. Hanging curtains can be a great way to introduce a multiscreen setup without having to invest a large amount of money on screens or building renovations or improvements.
As you see in the pictures above, the options for using curtains are endless. Whether you want to use curtains as part of an environmental projection setup, a textural element with lighting, or your primary screen, you can create the environment you need. Depending on the thickness and type of curtain, you will have the option of using front or rear projection.
Stretch fabric is a great option for creating a unique environment. Stretch fabric can be in just about any shape which will give you a range of options for your room. We have used circles, triangles, and diamonds in the past with great success. One way I love seeing stretch fabric used is in front of a dark/black backdrop. We used them a bunch at a local college that had a massive black curtain. This gave great depth, color, and a focal point without adding a bunch of cost to the setup.
You can throw light on these shapes of course, but go beyond that and projection map multiple shapes to expand your canvas. If you have a single center screen setup, using projection on side shapes will give you a big environment!
There are, of course, a few things to be on the lookout for when using curtains in your multiscreen environment. First, as previously mentioned, is safety. Make sure your curtains meet all local fire codes. Additionally, be cautious when hanging anything (even curtains) especially above people. Second, thickness and color will play a big role in how your projection appears on your setup. Have you used curtains in your multiscreen setup? Share your work in our Mulitscreen Community.