Saint Lucifer’s Screampark Trailer

by  on Oct.06, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark II, haunted house commercials, HDSLR Filmmaking, trailers

We recently finished up the trailer for Saint Lucifer’s Scream park in Flint Michigan. We shot this on location last October. Hire us to Shoot your haunt!

Visit MichiganHauntedHouse.com for details.

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Screamworld 2012 Haunted House Trailer

by  on Sep.21, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark II, Halloween, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, trailers

I shot this video in the Spring at Screamworld over the course of one day. I shot on my Canon 5D mark II and a couple work lights. They’re main attraction was a slaughterhouse and its in Houston Texas so it seemed natural to allow a little inspiration from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The sets at Screamworld are pretty realistic and the slaughterhouse sets are really sticky and dirty. Its one of the few haunts where you kind of forget your in a haunted house after awhile. For more info you can visit Screamworld for tickets and directions.

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compulsion: a short horror film

by  on Jun.12, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark II, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies, Millennium, serial killer movies, Slasher Movies, video

In May of 2011 Brian Lashchuk of Beyond The Grave Productions came down to my side of town with his beat up serial killer van and we shot a short film called “compulsion”. The story was originally Brian’s idea of a serial killer that finally gets his comeuppance. We expanded the story a bit, Brian volunteered to be the killer and I shot the whole thing, did the sound, and edited it. It was a 2 day whirlwind of a shoot and it was in the 90′s with high humidity the whole time. Now in 2012 a year later there are definetly things I would have done differently and there’s a couple badly lit scenes but overall it turned out pretty well. It’s heavily inspired by “The X-Files” and my favorite show “Millennium”. Check it out and let us know what you think.

On a side note this was the first film Brian and I shot under our new joint logo called Beyond Rogue Films. We shoot so many projects together that it just seemed to make sense to finally come up with a cool name for what we’re doing so Rogues Hollow Productions and Beyond the Grave Productions, combine to form Beyond Rogue Films. We have a Giallo film we hope to release by this fall and yes we’re finally starting to come up with ideas and storylines for a completely new take on the classic “Halloween”. Stay tuned!

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Canon 5D Mark III: My take

by  on Apr.12, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, HDSLR Filmmaking, photography, video

If you’re a HDSLR fan then you probably have heard about the latest from Canon, the EOS 5D Mark III. If not then Let me bring you up to speed quickly. In 2008 Canon released the still amazing 5D Mark II, the first Canon Camera with HD Video capability. Canon intended the camera to be used by photogs who needed to get video content while working on their projects for new media. But much to everyone’s surprise Indie filmmakers started picking up the camera and shooting movies with it. The 5D Mark II was responsible for a boom in HD video filmmakers who could now buy a reletively cheap camera and start making pictures. Since then the camera has been used not only in independent films and countless online videos but also in major Hollywood productions and TV shows. Most recently the camera was used for the vast majority of filming on the Navy Seals movie “Act of Valor”.

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HDR photos from Six Hundred Downtown

by  on Nov.18, 2011, under Canon 5D Mark II, HDR photography, photography

In my continuing excursions into HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography, I recently took photos of a new restaurant open now in Bellefontaine OH, called Six Hundred Downtown. I’m very happy with how these have turned out so far. I’ve noticed some HDR photos that take the contrast to a ridiculous level by having the edges of object POP and I’m not a fan. It makes the image look far too busy and takes away from the actual beauty of the subject matter. I’ve tried to keep from doing that in my photos and so far I think I’ve been pretty successful. Check out my full gallery of photos from Six Hundred Downtown and let me know what you think: CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS

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New Pennhurst Photos and the Canon EOS 60D

by  on Apr.03, 2011, under Canon 5D Mark II, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies

So last weekend we packed up the car and went to Pennsylvania for some new photos and video from Pennhurst. We had about half a day to get everything and I really wish we’d had more time but such is life. I picked out my favorites from the shoot and put them up on my flickr account. You can view them HERE! Brian Lashchuk and his wife Trisha came along to help out and I really appreciated it. It was a very long drive and both of them were just getting over colds but we must all suffer for our art:) They were both a big help and things went much faster having some extra hands around to carry the load.

Randy Bates set up some actors for us to film in the different rooms at Pennhurst. We set up 2 cameras, a Canon EOS 5D mark ii and my new Canon EOS 60D. After a crash course in operating a canon 5D Brian took over getting some great reaction shots from the patrons that came through the haunt while I got some great video of the sets and actors themselves. Overall it was a great shoot even though it was in the 30 degree range the whole time we were there. As always the actors suffered the most, wearing their thin costumes in the biting cold.

On a side note I just purchased a Canon EOS 60D I mentioned above and this trip to Pennhurst was the first real test of its cinematic prowess and I have to say I was very impressed. I bought it for a couple reasons: The first being I needed a secondary camera for the many times when getting a shot from 2 angles would have made things easier. The second reason was the 60D’s flip out monitor that can be tilted away from the camera for easy use while moving the camera high or low. The 5D has a fixed monitor on the back of the camera so if you try to get a low shot then you’ll be lying on the ground with the camera to see how the shot looks and I’m getting too old and too fat to do a lot of that.

As far as video quality, the EOS 60D is almost identical to the EOS 5D mark ii. I could not see any difference in the quality of the video between the 2 cameras. However the 60D is only an 18mp camera and it does not have the 5D’s full frame censor and that is obvious when comparing photos taken by both cameras. However I’m very happy with the 60D since the video capability is why I bought it and not the still camera features. There are a couple little issues like the magnification feature not working in movie mode that irk me since I use that all the time on the 5D, but, overall it’s a solid camera and it’s budget friendly.

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2011 Rogues Hollow Promo Reel

by  on Mar.16, 2011, under Canon 5D Mark II, Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies, Slasher Movies

If you were at Transworld this past weekend you likely saw at least a little of this as you past by my booth. As you know the show floor isn’t really conducive to focusing your attention on any one thing so, here’s the Rogues Hollow 2011 Promo Reel for you to enjoy!

Rogues Hollow Promo Reel 2011 from Christopher Brielmaier on Vimeo.

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2010 Halloween Yard Display Video

by  on Nov.14, 2010, under Canon 5D Mark II, Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, trailers

Here it is at last! My 2010 yard haunt video is here accompanied by the chilling sounds of John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness theme. Watch the video below and leave your comments!

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