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Week Three – Covered in Fog

30 Jul

Week three of filming found me sad to have missed week two, but I was not to be disappointed. A mysterious fog rolled in as I started to get ready to head to the house secured by iamhorror.com. I climbed into the car, unable to shake the feeling of mystery surrounding me. Again, I sped along the roads looking for the lurking house always full of questions.

The house sneaks up on you, as if it's holding its secrets at bay.

The house sneaks up on you, as if it’s holding its secrets at bay.

Of course, everyone was there when I arrived, and they were ready to go! Conversation around bagels were in full swing in the barn and the crew was scurrying everywhere to prepare for the day’s shoot. Today’s scenes were to be some introductory scenes outdoors and some secret scenes indoors. Those scenes in the closed house are the ones I can’t wait to see!

This innocent kitten is oblivious to the horror happening just outside his barn door.

This innocent kitten is oblivious to the horror happening just outside his barn door.

Again this week, the crew was applying makeup, but with a new crew member. Diana had entered their ranks to help with the makeup which would make the scenes come alive. She was excited to be there and greeted me with a warm smile and hand shake. Welcome Diana! You’re in for the experience of a lifetime!

Diana helps pretty up Denise - though not much work needs to be done!

Diana helps pretty up Denise – though not much work needs to be done!

Diana laughs with Maddy in the barn.

Diana laughs with Maddy in the barn.

Meanwhile, the scenes in and around the house were being set. I was lucky enough to be inside while the props were applied and the sun, which had burned away the secret of the fog, streamed down on us from overhead. Windows were being covered, scenes were being reviewed and equipment was readied all over the farm.

Mark with the equipment indoors.

Mark with the equipment indoors.

The house looks on as equipment is placed everywhere.

Renee and Bassam, the amazing script crew, look on while they wait for their turn to work.

Finally, it was time to film. Directors signaled for silence. “Action!” and “Cut!” broke the stillness of the farm. The animals played around crew and cast as the actors pulled off some amazing footwork. Watching this team work brings chills unmatched by the house itself – they are a group of professionals who take this film very seriously. House on Ghost Hill is lucky to have such a dedicated team working on its premier.

Week three brought more mystery to the set on the second day of shooting, when the executive producer Doug and the homeowner Steve leaned over a sub-basement shrouded in darkness. What had crawled out of there in the past? Had there been illegal liquor or perhaps runaway slaves down there?  The house had been close to both of these activities. What type of feelings would we feel down there? Residual tenseness? Sadness? Excitement from the slaves so very close to freedom, the could taste it? This house certainly was holding some huge secrets that it didn’t want us to find.

Anything could have happened down here.

Anything could have happened down here.

Doug and Steve inspect the sub-basement. The house opened up one of its doors and revealed an amazing mystery.

Doug and Steve inspect the sub-basement. The house opened up one of its doors and revealed an amazing mystery.

Just outside the gaping hole in the floor, people were working hard to set up the equipment for some creepy basement scenes. Sam, a professional videographer, arranged cameras and marveled at the camera’s capabilities.

Sam and his camera.

Sam and his camera.

Finally, filming was ready to roll. I stepped out of the house because the spaces are just too small for an extra reporter, but that didn’t stop my work. The property is so bundled in things to find that I didn’t have any trouble finding uses for my camera. I hiked the property and snapped a number of images, which came out beautifully. As most farms are, this one was dusty, though it is quite well maintained. I leave you with one final image, one for your speculation. I leave you with your own questions to answer. Is this a speck of dust from the farm, or is it something more – something or someone who just might make a guest appearance on the film itself?

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