I've been creating a lot of video content to accompany my band's songs on stage. I picked up a ViewSonic PJD5123 and need a screen to sit at the back of the stage. Ideally, I should be able to adjust the frame height and angle of the screen to accommodate a wide variety of stage and venue sizes*. At max height, I'd like to have a good 8' clearance underneath. I'm shooting for roughly 83"x 110" dimensions, as I never plan to have a throw distance of more than 20 feet. I'm not sure what the minimum throw distance would ever be - some stages can be quite cramped.
My design priorities are, in order of importance:
-Fast, easy set up/take down
-Compact storage - must fit easily in the back of an SUV
-Cheap, cheap, CHEAP
-Good performance in ambient lighting
Actual image quality isn't a high priority given the supportive nature of the video content, but I did decide it would be worth it to invest a tad more than old sheets from the thrift store, ha. Still, materials should be either really indestructible or cheaply replaced should something happen on the road.
I really the idea of using either silver molescreen matte spandex or blackout cloth attaching to a frame with velcro. That seems like a quick and easy way to tension up a screen over and over again. Right now, I'm leaning more towards the spandex due to weight/acoustic transparency, but I'll let the crowd weigh in.
My biggest concern by far is the frame. It needs to be light, easy to work with and store, and above all STABLE. I don't want some drunken fool rushing up on stage and bumping it over. I've seen lots of wood, steel pipes, square aluminum tubing, even some PVC. I'm unsure about using wood, but I'm open to suggestions here. Beyond materials, what kind of design would be best? A frame that folds, a frame that comes apart? Or perhaps a more unusual design? I'm really open to whatever ideas you have!
Thanks ahead of time for your time and ideas. I've really come to respect this forum and its members through my time reading here. A lot of sharp minds here!
*The projector will be front and center on the stage. A separate design project will be an encasement which affords my projector some protection from the audience, while allowing me to adjust the angle of the projector to match the angle of the screen. Phew!