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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Anyone who knows me knows that I have been a fan of John Carpenter since I was a child. I knew at a pretty early age who this man was and what movies he made and they were my favorite films. From the classic Halloween in 1978 all the way up to Prince of Darkness in 87' Carpenter had a pretty great run of movies. Even his silly films like Big Trouble in Little Tokyo and They Live are great and well worth checking out! In the 90's however Carpenter had more misses than hits though I still defend Vampires and I love In the Mouth of Madness. Then after the terrible Ghost of Mars in 2001, Carpenter pretty much dropped off the Radar for nearly a decade, returning only to film 2 episodes of the showtime tv series, Masters of Horror. But now the...

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Just got my first shipment of Yankee Candle goodness today! The Halloween collection that Yankee puts out each year is a must buy for me. This year I tried not to over indulge and just got a few things. My favorite has always been the spiced pumpkin candle but it seems that its availability is pretty random. In fact I haven't found it in quite a few years, though I haven't looked that hard for it. But, this years "Pumpkin Patch" candle I'm happy to report is the good ol' Spiced pumpkin scent! Definitely my favorite of the bunch! I wasn't sure about the Witch's Brew candle, so I only ordered a small one to try out. The scent is that of patchouli and it has a little bit of that earthy moss scent as well. I'm not a huge fan of it...

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So for the last 2 years my friend Brian Lashchuk at BeyondTheGraveProductions.com, and I have been talking about doing our own Michael Myers movie. I love John Carpenters classic film and I've always thought it would be fun to do a tribute to it. I know everybody and their brother has already done one but what would one more hurt? Besides we felt like we could put some time and effort into it and come up with somehing decent. Early on I decided that doing an actual short film would be too complicated and be too hard to develop into a coherent storyline. So we settled on doing a faux movie trailer that would take more of a "best of" approach, basically creating iconic scenes and cool ideas and putting them together into a trailer. Last November we started working on this project in...

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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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Over the weekend Brian & Trisha from Beyond the Grave Productions came to town and with the help of my Sister and her fiancee we shot this funny little video featuring the more mundane elements of Michael Myers life, going to therapy. We think its pretty funny but let me know what you think in the comments to this post or on my Youtube Page. ...

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