Sunday, August 3, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Reflect on The Airstream Trailer

Behind the Scenes is a weekly Sunday series that covers the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America. From food to films and traditions to (Airstream) trailers, we'll share secrets behind the Film Fest. Stick with us for all 10 weeks; by the end you'll be an expert! 

Have you wondered how the film is projected onto our big screen for the Film Festival? Or perhaps you've been curious about the vintage Airstream trailer that appears on the eastern end of the lawn on Sunday evening? 

Would you believe that the two questions are related? The large projection that thousands of Film Festival spectators watch comes from a single window of that shiny, silver Airstream trailer.

The trailer, on the eastern edge of the lawn, sits opposite the screen.
The trailer was built in Atlanta, Georgia by a contractor specialized in constructing mobile film equipment. As you can see below, the 35mm projector is quite large. Our projectionists squeeze in there each Sunday and Monday nights (did you know the movie is actually screened twice?) to adjust the picture so it’s just right. The trailer is also outfitted with a powerful air conditioning system since the projector can get quite hot. You'd get hot, too, if you had to project 700 feet through summer haze!

The projector takes up quite a bit of space in its cozy trailer home.
But where does the trailer go when it’s not being used for the Film Festival? It drives about an hour north up to Yonkers, where it stays for the remainder of the week. During the colder months, the trailer makes a long trek south to its hometown of Atlanta to wait out the snow until the next Film Festival season.

Be sure to stop by the eastern edge of lawn to check out this blast-from-the-past when you join us this Monday for 1984's Karate Kid. A bullied high school student is taken under the wing of an elderly handyman, Mr. Miyagi, and taught self-defense through Karate. 

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Mondays, June 16 through August 18
Lawn opens at 5pm
Films start 30 minutes after sunset

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