Joined: Feb 28, 2003
From: Chicago,IL, USA
Posted: 2005-03-24 21:57
Greetings and welcome. Un- fricking- believable! First let me say that the room looks fantastic. You have gone to the nth degree with every minuet detail. I cannot even imagine the planning, the hours of work and the amount of money that it took to put "The Bridge" together. You have spared nothing. The smile on your face as you install the last wall panel say's it all. You have to be proud. Thank you so much for sharring your "craft" with us. Live long and prosper.
To make it a little easier for others, HERE is an active link not to be missed.
Wow! Unbelievable! Fantastic! Amazing! There really aren't words! As Bones would say "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not a videophile!" But Gary you obviously are, or at least one of the most creative and ambitious people agoraquest has ever seen!
This is easily the most incredible setup I have seen on this site! Your theater looks incredible! Very nicely done!
I am not even a major Star Trek fan, but I must say that The Bridge is impressive...most impressive! Every detail that we can see looks top notch! You obviously did not spare any quality! Did you have to make the doors or can you order those somewhere? What about the light fixture and simulated computer screens? Also, do you mind if we all come over for a movie sometime!?
Nice job Gary! Enjoy the heck out of it as I am certain that you will! Would you mind sharing with us, what you are using in the line of a receiver and speakers? (make it so number one)
Joined: Feb 28, 2003
From: Chicago,IL, USA
Posted: 2005-03-25 22:58
On 2005-03-25 18:54, jehill wrote: The page couldn't be opened when I tried it just now. Did I miss out?
Hopefully not as you need to see greighn's pics to appreciate the work and imagination involved. The link is currently dead but maybe the site is being updated. It is worth the look to try it again later.
Sorry about the site problem. My hosting provider was having technical difficulties. Everything should be OK now.
Anyway, I just wanted to say a big thanks for all the wonderfully kind words you have all shared about my theater. It has been a lot of fun building and sharing "The Bridge" with others. I really think if you are going to do something like a home theater, you should have fun with it and do something out of the ordinary.
I tried to do The Bridge on a fairly minimal budget. All told it probably came out to about $10-12K, which includes all the materials for actually building the room in the basement and the electronics. I saved lots of money by doing everything but the carpeting myself.
Maxx, it took me almost exactly two years from the day I started construction until it was "completed". I am still doing/redoing little things here and there (and probably will be forever!).
The best piece of equipment in the theater is, of course, the Sony projector. I've had that in and operating for about 16 months and it performs flawlessly. I have about 1,000 hours on the lamp. I expect to keep this projector until low cost 1080 projectors are available.
Again, thanks for the comments. Please let me know if you have any specific questions. I'd be happy to answer them for you.
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[ This message was edited by: greighn on 2005-03-26 09:30 ]
Joined: Mar 13, 2003
From: Sewell, NJ
Posted: 2005-03-26 19:04
That's one heck of a project! The Star Trek inspiration reminds me of the days that I religiously watched the show. You must be commended for having the perseverance to complete such a project, despite the fact that you were problably having a ball the whole time! A great idea and implementation.
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Joined: Aug 29, 2002
From: Portland, Oregon - USA
Posted: 2005-03-27 03:44
Man! $10k-$12k plus the 1,000's of hours spent hand building all of the custom designed pieces that it took to make this project a reality is a substantial investment that is sure to pay dividends in enjoyment for many years to come.
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I wanted to thank you for your kind words and also answer some of your questions.
The doors (actually a single door) is a standard sliding pocket door. I just decorated it to look like the split elevator doors prevalent on Star Trek. I used thin aluminum strip down the center to simulate the elevator doors. I would love to have motorized it but that would be going too far!
The overhead light fixture is something I made out of 1/2" MDF and some wood, all painted silver. The central light fixture is a standard Home Depot ceiling light. The eight smaller lights are under cabinent kitchen lights. I just wish I had a higher ceiling (only 7'8") so I could give the fixture more depth. Anyway, I think it conveys the impression of the lights you see over the center of the bridge on the newer Eneterprises.
The simulated computer screens were done by printing actual Star Trek bridge panel graphics (available all over the web; search for LCARS) onto transparent ink jet decal film. I would print the image reversed and then apply the decal film to the back of a piece of clear plexiglas. I then mounted and backlit the plexiglas. If I were as wealthy as the person who did the Star Wars theater, I would have used a half dozen flat panel monitors and drove them with a PC!
The theater required a lot of do it yourself work to get the effect I was going for. It's been a real blast building it, and now enjoying it.
WOW...that is amazing.Hey I live in Reno NV and drive through San Fran all the time.....maybe I can stop by and see it some time...Ok that dose seem alittle weird huh.Never mind.Very cool set up though.
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Thanks so much for your kind words regarding The Bridge.
Braehole, I'd be more than happy to have you over, however, I think you misread my location. I am outside Philadelphia, PA, not near Frisco. If you ever do make it out to the East Coast though, please look me up! I'd be happy to give you a tour.
I would love to have motorized it (the door), but that would be going too far!
No, dressing as a Starfleet Captain and having the Star Trek theme played as the lights dimm, as your movie cues up, would be going too far .
As far as comments about what you've accomplished. What can I say that hasn't already been said .
Dude, there's gotta be a HT/AV mag somewhere that would love to do a feature story on what you have there.
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