I have a project coming up which requires some non-rectangular rear projection screens installed on windows. We’ve been investigating specialist rear-projection films and have found the options to be thrillingly expensive. 3M’s Vikuiti seems to be the byword in high-end rear projection films, but I couldn’t find any local distributors, and a 10m x 1.2m roll of GlassVu will set you back AU$5,000-8,000+. Not the kind of thing I’d be keen to cut in to weird shapes and install for a single evening.

Mememamo’s recent Visual Space Music installation brought up a considerably less expensive solution: Ikea’s vinyl SAXÅN curtains.

I’m going to be picking up a supply of these curtains soon to give them a try, but as more CDM readers are putting together installations these days, I think it would be beneficial to have this information available for the community.

What are people using for cost-effective or temporary rear-projection?

  • zeppo

    standard stretch jersey, cheap at around 12 Euro a meter. does what is says on the box. you can see the material in action here, used with 3500 lumen DLP projectors: http://www.vimeo.com/1618734

  • http://www.colour-burst.com cat

    Rosco make a rear projection screen, its not as expensive as glass vue, but more than curtains…
    You can get it seemless joined by rosco if you need bigger pieces too http://www.rosco.com/australia/technotes/screens/
    The translucent is similar to a rear fast fold material

  • http://elektrocardio.com rucyl

    shower curtains, or stretchy material from any of the material stores in the fashion district or your local nyc borough, sew a few together for whatever size you need

  • Daniel

    1- Low threadcount white bed sheets
    2- Rosebrand rear projection screen material
    3- 1/8" or thinner sanded plexi/lexan, cut into many different shapes

    I like the looks of the jersey solution and the Ikea curtains. Thank you for sharing those.

  • Toastie

    I use rip-stop nylon. Isn't stretchy, but has no hot-spot and gives a very bright image.

    I've also used pvc fabric. Bit pricier though.

  • http://v8media.com Ian Page-Echols

    I made myself a velvet framed screen a while back and tried a ton of different fabrics. The best thing I found was some wedding dress fabric. The projector shows nicely on it and doesn't show a spotlight coming through from the bulb. Fairly cheap stuff. I found that the rip-stop nylon DID show a hot-spot.

  • http://sleepytom.co.uk sleepytom

    for sticking to windows standard tracing paper stuck down with spray mount works really quite well.
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/300792… might also be good – kind of sticky backed film for window frosting

    if you want intricate shapes then a spray on window frost + stencil might be neater than trying to stick down a sheet of paper / fabric http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Frosting-Spray-12oz-A

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    Lots of great suggestions here. I think that the first stop is definitely Ikea, with 2 options there now, and the famous Swedish low prices.

    The screens I'm putting together will be shaped like 8-bit clouds, so something cut-able would be great.

    There really is a great breadth of possibility though, depending on the use of the screen.

  • http://vjculture.com vjculture

    I've used the Vikuiti rear screens. They are great for north facing or, if you are in the southern hemisphere south facing windows during day light hours. They provide high contrast and they are reusable if you peel them off right.
    Yes, they are expensive so I often use Rosco's Toughlux 3000. 48 inch wide and available in 25ft roles for around $140.00US

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    For others' reference, "Toughlux" comes up if you google "Tough Rolux".

  • http://www.seej.net seej

    one word: vellum. I've tried just about all the options above, and more. The rosebrand stuff is great, but yes, pricey. Especially for wider pieces. Rosco has some of the exact same stuff but much cheaper. These are more USA (east cost) vendors. But, might be worth looking at to get a spec.

    Vellum though is really cheap, and, although not uber wide, might be just the thing for cutting up.

    Also, and this gets a bit messy, there's frosted glass spray. I've used this to create screens on glass, after trying many materials. Its very permanent, and pretty toxic. But is excellent at removing any hot spots, and you don't have to get finicky with cutting out a ton of odd shapes. Craft stores sell this. You can see it in action with an installation I built using LED's. The goal was to not see the LED's at all (talk about HOT SPOTS!), at roughly 6 inches from the surface. (the glass was originally clear. plexi would have been more expensive, and not as crisp).

    macro petri table screen

  • http://leica3f.co.cc Imelda Filippi

    ihre ist ein Problem bei den ersten Platz.