The Water screen is an amazing projection medium that uses a thin film of water for projection of video, lasers, gobos, and other lighting effects. The images appear to float magically in front of the audience, enhanced by the surrealistic effect of genuine water flowing in front of them. These effects can be doubly exciting when utilizing a water feature present at the event such as a fountain, pool, or pond.
The water falls cleanly and silently from an overhead nozzle system and into a special recovery basin where it is re-circulated by a high pressure pump system. The surrounding area is left dry, and performers or speakers on stage behind the system are unaffected by the curtain of water just inches away.
Our system is comprised of modular 4' sections which are combined to create flexible screen sizes. Linear size is virtually unlimited, but typical screen sizes are 20-40 feet in width. Screen height is typically 15-20 feet, and would only be limited where excessive air current bothers the flow of water.
Screens may be arranged in unique shapes, or even surround guests entirely. A typical configuration is the placement of the screen 2-4' downstage from the stage edge. A false front to the stage is created with drapery to completely conceal the effect. Screens may also be placed mid-stage with a grate for water return. Separate 4' nozzle sections may be controlled individually to allow the curtain to part, allow a speaker to walk through, and turn on again behind them. There is room for great flexibility and creativity with our designs.
Our systems are operated by a standard DMX interface, allowing tight integration of the effect into show cues. We typically provide a standalone console in events where the LD does not desire the screen status to be integrated with lighting cues, or where independent control is desired.
The most exciting shows are created with a combination of video and laser overlaid on our screens - please browse the videos and images on this site for some great examples. We synchronize laser and video content tightly with industry standard timecode. Laser images, laser beams, video content, audio - even pyrotechnic effects - are all seamlessly integrated with frame accuracy.
The screen is activated on demand, allowing for a placement that is not possible with traditional screen surfaces. Here is an example: A water screen show segment completes. Screen content goes to black, the water screen is turned off, and stage lights are raised to reveal the keynote speaker in place at the podium, where they were concealed and waiting. The screen is effectively striked by lowering a DMX fader, instantly. It is a popular and dramatic effect made possible by water screen.
Our bright DLP projectors insure bright, crisp, high contrast images are delivered to the audience. We also offer the brightest and most image capable full colors laser available. The results are breathtaking, and irreproducible by any other medium available.
Rigging: Our screens rig easily from standard 12" or larger box truss. We recommend truss to provide adequete mass to resist motion upon startup / shutdown of the screen. Picks are required for the water supply / data loom, as it is important to hide the 'infrastucture' to retain the magic of the effect. Similarly, the truss should have teasers to conceal the internal plumbing and wiring.
Power: Our system can operate from either 208V 3-Phase, or 220-240V single phase. Most systems are supplied with a standard T5 twistlock input to feed the distro ( 30A, 208V, 3-Phase ). Larger screens require multiple T5, or standard cam-lok. Allow for 10A of 220V service per 10' of screen.
Water: A standard hose connection is required to fill the resevoir basin. The system is completely self-contained once filled, and would only require a top-off for a long-term installation. Access to a drain is required to empty the basin -- we provide pumps to accelerate the process.
Air-Circulation: Large HVAC systems can degrade screen quality and limit trim height. Consider closing vents near the screen, or bypassing zones when possible. This is less important with screens less than 20 feet in height, but should always be considered in any pre-show planning.
General: The screen is quiet and splashless. The venue and surrounding areas are left clean and dry.