Thursday Night, October 27th we had our Trick or Treat night in Kenton. I spent the day putting the final touches on the yard, setting up music, and fog as well as characters in the yard. The evening started with a short downpour of rain that lasted maybe 10 minutes but we still ended up with a pretty good turn out. As I do every year I spent 2 or 3 hours after taking photos and video for the site. It was wet and cold and I was down in the mud taking photos so it came as little surprise when I got hit with a bug that saw me trying to vomit up the lining of my Stomach on Friday and into early Saturday. Today I'm finally feeling 100% again and its time to post all the new HDR photos from the Thursday. ...

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[caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="HDR Photo of Our Yard Haunt"][/caption]High Dynamic Range photography has become very popular in recent years. Basically HDR photography is a bracket of several photos taken at different exposures that are combined to make one highly detailed photo that looks insanely detailed or even like a painting. I've never been a big fan of it because it brings almost every detail to life in a big way so if your shooting photos of something scary then all those spooky shadows often get blasted out. However it has become a very popular way of taking photos of rooms, houses, scenery etc. So last weekend I decided to learn this bitch and add it to my list of skills. The photo you see above is a shot of my Halloween yard display taken at 3 different exposures and then combined to and HDR...

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Ah, Halloween safety videos, it takes me back to my childhood when we had to watch similar videos every year before Halloween at School. The first is from 1977 and features a Halloween costume that goes from classically spooky to stupid over the course of a few safety tips. This second video is from 1985 and features an animated pumpkin that explains the safety of Halloween. Best Part: when the pumpkin gets his insides scooped out and says "Getting my insides scooped out tickles." Both of These great videos were uploaded to Vimeo by Jason Willis....

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Next Week marks the 15th anniversary of the show that had a big impact on my career path and where I am today. Millennium premiered Friday October 25, 1996 with its controversial pilot episode that still packs quite a punch even a decade and a half later. Now the Back to Frank Black campaign is working to get Millennium back on the air and of course I'm a big supporter. That's why I've created a set of wallpapers, just in time for the anniversary of premiere! The first represents the famous river scene in the pilot episode and bears the tagline: "Wait, Worry, Who Cares?" along with a special 15th Anniversary logo. The Second features an image I made to enter the Millennium Poster contest over a year ago. This one didn't win, however my other entry did, but its my own take on...

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A couple weeks ago I was able to get out to Indy ScreamPark with my second unit video guy, AKA Brian Lashchuk of BeyondTheGraveProductions.com. We had a great time at this haunt, now in its second year and we it feels like a very polished haunted house experience. There's a total of 5 haunts all themed differently. Kurayami is a black out maze, Bedlam is a 3d "RAVE" maze, and Nachtmahr is a classic haunted house with slaughterhouse elements as well. But the best haunts were the outdoor mazes, The Backwoods, and my favorite Infected. I've never been to a scary corn maze. They've always been too big, no sense of claustrophobia and the corn was always too short. Infected proved that I didn't know jack about corn mazes. Lets start with the corn that was nigh 10 feet tall and the...

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LA Haunted Hayride has been a client now for 3 years and for 2011 we completely redesigned their site and artwork from the ground up. In addition they provided me with some pretty good video to use for a trailer. The video they sent wasn't very long but I was able to make it work with some creative use of music and title cards. Its proof that a little can go a long way! Check it out, check it outers...

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