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Andrew McCrea
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What is a water screen? Anyone?

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Jerry Chase
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There was an extensive discussion on these either here or on RAM-Tech a while back. A large fan spray of water is used as a screen for special event productions. Interesting idea, but wildly impractical for any small budget production. Additionally, there are focus issues.

Try a google search of the usenet archives.

John Pytlak
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Saw a water screen used by Sea World in Orlando during a fireworks show for ShowEast participants. Looks like they used a film projector behind the spray of water. Gave kind of a 3D effect, since there is no distinct surface to focus on. But the image was never really sharp.

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Mike Blakesley
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This was discussed here a while back. Disney uses these extensively in the "Fantasmic" show at Disney/MGM Studios. (The same show has been at Disneyland but I'm not sure if it's still playing!) For obvious reasons, the pictures look best from a distance.

Bob Maar
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In 1979 we projected a 35mm print in the mist of Niagra Falls on the Canadian side. It was for the opening of the Multi-media Show "Miracles and Madness" produced by Trans-Lux Corporation. I considered that a waterscreen.

Gordon McLeod
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In a recent issue of cinematechnology there is an excellent article on a water screen in china

Gordon McLeod
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The article n question is in Volume13#3 of CinemaTechnology a publication of the Bksts cover and page44 on

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