Spice Up Your Movie Room With Home Theatre Lighting

Some people consider their movie theatre room as an area for entertainment and relaxation that takes them away from all the stress and anxieties of everyday life. This is the reason why many people invest in having a nicely installed home theatre and home audio system. For them, it is more than just a luxury as watching movies at the comfort of their home serves as a therapy for them to replenish their energy and enthusiasm for work.

Apart from the connecting the home theatre components, lighting in your movie theatre room is essential in forming a unique atmosphere in that space. In addition, it also offers illumination that creates an excellent effect, function and safety. Even if you are just about to set up a home theatre system for a new construction or you only want to upgrade an existing room, planning the lighting is crucial achieving a cinematic mood in a room.

Types

Before you plan the lightings in your media room, it is necessary that you know the three categories of home theatre lighting. The three basic categories of lighting for movie rooms are general, atmospheric and safety lighting. General lightings are designed to provide practical illumination so you can easily see to conduct general tasks when not viewing movies in your home theater. This includes overhead lights, wall sconces or floor lamps. Atmospheric lighting produces a magnificent mood for your home theatre. This allows viewers to have an outstanding cinematic experience inside their home. This type of lighting may include wall sconces, cove lighting or other specialty light fixtures that are more used for aesthetic purposes rather than illumination. Lastly, the third type is called safety lighting. Though this is not a requisite in home theatres yet this type of lighting allow people to move freely in the darkened rooms during movie watching. Examples of safety lights are aisle lights, chair lights or other fixtures with the function of lighting walkways, stairs and safety hazards with adequate light to move around the darkened room carefully.

Function

Know the function of each fixture before you install them in the room. General lighting can work as safety and atmospheric lighting especially if the fixtures you pick are multipurpose or have different settings. For example, a wall sconce can provide light and serviceable illumination but can also serve as a safety and atmospheric light when diffused to a low setting while watching a film. It can provide a illumination in the passageway along the wall for safety and form a terrific atmosphere inside the room without distracting the viewers.

Placement

Since home theatre was built as a room for watching movies, it is indispensable that all the fixtures that will be on while watching movie must be set on proper location. Proper placement of lights is necessary to ensure that the lights will not disrupt your movie viewing by creating glare onto the TV screen.

Novelty Lighting

Lighting is a vital part of creating a marvelous home theatre design. We can now buy home theater seats with lighted cup holders, producing a fantastic beam while ensuring that you can get a safe place for your drink. You can also put fiber optic star at the ceilings and walls for a splendid ambiance.

Home Theater Seating For Your Movie Room

Planning to set up a movie room is a big decision, and a big investment too. When you are starting up, you need to pick the proper entertainment equipment and what type of seating you want to use. The main thing to consider is that comfortable seating is central, because it enables you to enjoy the movie rather than be distracted by an uncomfortable chair.

Lots of things need to be considered when it comes to buying home theater seating and are space requirements, budget, and the d├ęcor of your room will always play a deciding role. Other things that needs to be considered are TV viewing distance, and how many people you want to be able to seat at once.

Proper movie room setups and furniture can turn your room into a cinematic palace with a real movie house look and feel. The seating options available today are as good as what’s found in professional movie theaters, but are available in different styles, fabrics, shapes, and sizes to suit your own needs. You can have all the media entertainment you want by designing your home theater seating arrangements in an effective way.

Home theater seating is available in different types, so that you can make any floorplan you want, so long as you have the room for it. That makes it easy to make your movie room absolutely perfect, from screen to walls to the absolute best seating options imaginable. All you have to do is know what you want to achieve.

“From Up on Poppy Hill” Movie Review

“From Up on Poppy Hill” is the new family-friendly film from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) and son Goro Miyazaki. The animated feature film is a beautifully hand-drawn story of two high school kids falling in love in a Japanese seaside town during the 1960s while the country was rebuilding after World War II. The appeal of a universal love story set during this fascinating time in history is compelling enough to entertain viewers of all ages.

Shun and Umi, the movie’s hero and heroine respectively, are growing up in Yokohama in 1963. Their budding romance grows in a small town while the rest of the country is focused on the upcoming 1964 Olympics to be held in Tokyo. Miyazaki creates a nostalgic feel that audiences will relate to as if they too grew up in the hilly town. Everything in the film rings true, from the details of the architecture and vehicles of the time to the intense feelings of the young characters.

Umi is a high school junior watching over her two younger siblings while her mother is absent. The resourceful young woman must be two parents for her siblings as their father died during the Korean War. Their mother is studying aboard, leaving Umi to watch over the kids and pitch in at the boarding house run by her grandmother. Fans of “The Tudors” may recognize the voice of Irish actress Sarah Bolger in the English version. Masami Nagasawa does the Japanese voice acting for Umi.

The audience meets the film’s hero Shun when Umi answers a question he placed in the school’s newspaper. Every morning, Umi runs two signal flags up a flagpole, an action that catches Shun’s attention. He asks who the girl is sending “thoughts to the sky,” and eventually Umi goes to the newspaper office to answer in person. The two recognize their instant chemistry, but in the polite and modest tone of the film take their time exploring their attraction. When an obstacle gets in the way of their love, the young couple must deal with the consequences of a buried secret that threatens to force them apart.

Hayao Miyazaki brings some of the storytelling magic viewers saw in “Spirited Away” to this new film co-written with Keiko Niwa. Goro Miyazaki directs, not his Oscar-winning father, but you can see influences in Goro Miyazaki’s style. “From Up on Poppy Hill” draws viewers into the beautifully constructed world Miyazaki creates, a rare ability that his father also possesses. Viewers won’t see the element of fantasy the elder Miyazaki is known for, but they will enjoy how deeply they are brought into the realistic story of Shun and Umi.

The brilliance of the film lies in the theme of change as the country’s past and future clash, while the past creates an obstacle for the kids’ future together. Japan is moving into a new era as it recovers from World War II and invites the world to visit for the Olympics, yet the director’s desire to hold onto some of Japan’s traditions and past is also clearly shown. This theme is most exemplified in a bold action by Shun, who jumps off the roof of a Meiji-era building in protest of the school’s desire to tear it down and replace it with a modern construction. Shun is punished for his action, but Umi respects it, and it is part of what draws them to each other. Shun’s efforts to save the building echo the director’s message that the past must be respected and remembered. Miyazaki’s passion and brilliance succeed in convincing the audience. The character of Shun is voiced by Anton Yelchin in the English version. Junichi Okada performs the Japanese voice acting.

The mood of the film is one of optimism and hope, which is enhanced by the film’s music. The pop music is sweet and matches the innocence of the main characters, but like the story itself, the music contains important messages delivered in an entertaining medium. The soundtrack includes a classic hit from 1963, “Sukiyaki,” a decision that is not surprising considering the meticulous efforts of the director to stay true to the film’s timeframe.

Also true to that point in history is the conflict that was felt everywhere in 1963. Shun and Umi experience conflict in their relationship and conflict in their fight to prevent the destruction of the building known as the Latin Quarter. The determination and bravery the children show may inspire many young viewers.

From Up on Poppy Hill” is the first collaboration for father and son, but it feels like the two are longtime partners in filmmaking.