The Pennhurst Asylum trailer was shot last October one Saturday afternoon before the haunt opened. We basically ran in, told them to get some actors ready and came up with a short commercial right there on the spot. We also were able to go through the haunt with the Canon 5D Mark III and get some great low light video of the attraction in action! Check it out below and let us know what you think of it!
Canon 5D Mark III
Arcade is are latest horror short filmed in conjunction with Beyond the Grave Productions under our combined “Beyond Rogue Films”. We shot this starting last spring in an all night film shoot at Bonkers PLayland AKA Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum, in Flint Michigan. Its an amazing location because its an arcade that looks like its right out of the 1980′s! We found a great leading lady that fit the look we wanted perfectly and our friend Jon Shroyer came out to do some amazing blood effects! We set out to make something of a tribute to Italian Giallo films of the 1970′s and 80′s. These films were made by the greats such as Argento, Bava, and Fulci. They were often weird gory films with total breaks in logic and comprehension but they almost always featured a leather gloved killer. So check out this fun little horror short and tell us what you think!
Last week I was in Los Angeles to shoot video and photos for Los Angeles Haunted Hayride! It was a fun weekend and the creative team behind LAHH were a lot of fun to hang out with! LAHH is one of the best hayrides I’ve seen! The sets are amazing and the actors do a phenomenal job of scaring the crap out of the hayride groups. My favorite scene was the satanic church complete with satan and cultists that come to life and chase after you! LAHH is also one of the only haunts I’ve experienced that uses a custom soundtrack created by a professional composer name Chris Thomas. The music perfectly fits with the action of the scenes and just gives it that extra something that really pushed it over the top for me! I highly recommend the attraction if your out in LA so go see it!
So I’ve been traveling a bunch lately. I’ve been to New York, LA and Philadelphia in the last month. A couple weeks ago I was in Philly to shoot The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride as well as Pennhurst Asylum. It was a ton of work but we had a blast! My sister came along with me to keep me company and help out and we were both blown away by how cool The Bates Motel & Hayride is! It truly is one of the best Hayrides of all time! The night culminated in recording a big group of pre teen boys and girls as they screamed their way through the hayride!
On Saturday we got to go to Pennhurst Asylum. Its been nearly 2 years since I’ve been to this attraction and it has changed in so many ways! Its become a highly polished and terrifying haunted attraction. The sets are some of the most realistic and detailed I’ve seen at any haunt. The haunt is set in the 1940′s and the characters are all dressed in period clothing. The level of make up and costuming that is going on at Pennhurst is pretty amazing! Its well worth your time and money if you live close enough to it to go.
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”.