New Video Tagsylvania (2014)

by  on Aug.26, 2014, under Canon 5D Mark III, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking

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New Video trailer we shot for Tagsylvania Haunted Houses in New York state.  This is a great event with one of my favorite haunted trails!  There’s some very creative things going on here with the set  design including a real crashed plane that someone died in!  Creepy Dolls, amazing make up and one of the best 3D scenes I’ve ever witnessed in person!  Its well worth your time if you live near Big Flats NY!

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Indiana Fear Farm Trailer (2014)

by  on Aug.25, 2014, under Canon 5D Mark III, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking

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Here’s another new video I shot on site at The Indiana Fear Farm last October. It was one of the final events I went to that season and it was a breath of fresh air!  I had been to several big budget big name events with major effects and Indiana Fear Farm was a nice home spun event that did amazing things with its location.  The hayride featured actors on ziplines, dancing skeletons, evil possessed pick up trucks, exploding gas stations and of course a headless horseman that chased down the hay rack!  Its a creative and smart event that does so much with custom made props an sets. If you live in the Indianapolis area I can’t recommend this one enough! Go check it out and be charmed and terrified by a truly fun and unique haunted house!

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The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride 2013 Trailer

by  on Oct.21, 2013, under Canon 5D Mark III, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, trailers

Check out our new Trailer for The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride in Pennsylvania!

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A Rant about Funny Viral attempts at Haunted House Videos

by  on Jan.30, 2013, under Halloween, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, Rant

scarySo there seems to be a growing trend in the Haunted House industry to do silly funny videos in hopes of becoming the next “Gangnam Style” or “Harlem Shake” viral sensation. I’ve done videos before in hopes of them becoming viral and I’ve pretty much given up on it. I’ve actually listened to so called “web professionals” offer advice on doing viral style videos to let more people know about your business. In the past I’ve done videos with the intention of creating something funny that might go viral. I can tell you now this is exactly the wrong approach for any video project!

 

First the most OBVIOUS reason: The chances of your video going viral are astronomical. There’s very little you can personally do to facilitate a video going viral. It all depends on chance. I hear professionals say that all it takes is one person spreading it to some friends to get the ball rolling but that’s a lie. It takes thousands of people finding something funny or interesting enough about YOUR video to take the time to tweet it, facebook it, or email it to a their friends. The chances of that are microscopic so why should you base your entire production on creating something that in all likelihood will languish in Youtube obscurity? Why waste all that creative effort on something that you think might be funny or clever enough to go viral?

The Most important reason however, is your brand. Let’s say you own a haunted house that’s known for being Terrifying. People make the trek from miles away just to see a truly scary haunted attraction. But then you have some actor or web professional convince you that you need to have a viral video. So you get all your scariest actors in make up and have them dancing around and singing. Boom! There goes the scary from all your featured monsters!

This really really bothers me and I’m seeing so many haunted attractions doing it lately. STOP! Why are you diminishing your brand? The whole point of going to a haunted house is to get scared and have fun. Its not to watch actors in masks frolicking around to the latest pop music sensation! You’re doing it wrong and missing the point. I don’t care how slick and professional your video looks your not selling soda pop your selling fear! So make something that compliments what you do! Make something that’s scary!

Here’s the key: Go into a video project with the intention of making something creative and representative of your attraction. If you think it should be funny because your haunted house is funny then go for it. But if you are doing a serious event that’s seriously scary then make a video that represents that. Don’t ruin your scary characters by having them acting like clowns. There’s nothing wrong with having some comedy in your attraction but that’s not going to be the biggest selling point. People go see horror movies because they want to be scared. You don’t see horror movie trailers promoting the funny bits and one liners that might be in the movie.

Bottom line: Make videos that sell your haunt. Not videos that promote a fad or humor in hopes of internet gold.

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Photos from Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

by  on Oct.25, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark III, Haunted Houses, HDR photography

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!

Check out the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Photos here!

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The Bates Motel & Pennhurst Asylum Photos

by  on Oct.24, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark III, Haunted Houses, HDR photography

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.

I took a ton of photos which you can see on my flickr account!
Click here for The Bates Motel Photos
Click here for Pennhurst Photos

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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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Blood Manor 2012 Trailer

by  on Jul.02, 2012, under Halloween, haunted house commercials, Haunted Houses, trailers

Here it is the 2012 trailer for Blood Manor Haunted Attraction in New York City!  Another example of how we can turn your footage into a great exciting Web trailer for your haunted house!


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