August 8, 2013

Tonight we've got something a little different to present, but before we get into that, let's have a quick update, shall we? It's been far too long!

We've been MIA the past week because of an important trip to NorCal that we mentioned over on our Facebook page. We hope to share the purpose for the trip soon (it went really, really well) but for now we must leave you in suspense. With all of the pictures from our journey, folks on our Instagram profile were asking if we're taking a break from Disney; the answer is certainly not. We are, however, planning on incorporating non-Disney photos and content to our site and social media outlets. There's a lot in this world to learn from and be inspired by. We hope you'll enjoy the varied content as we post it unlike the fifty some odd people who abandoned ship on Instagram. If you should feel so inclined, we've got a great deal to offer on life preservers, so make sure to stop by our online store before you go... Silliness aside, you can't please everybody, right?

The new website is almost ready and, fortunately for us, our image host, Smugmug, completely reworked their system. Everything will be bright and shiny and new! We can't wait to share. In addition to that, we're finally going to start putting out some new content. We've got some great creative ideas for film and time lapse projects and we're brainstorming the long awaited and highly sought after tutorial. It sounds so good when you put it like that, doesn't it? Well we promise it's not just hype. So buckle up and batten down your socks!

House of Restless Spirits


Now, for tonight's "different" post! Last October we were contacted by Rob Ostir, a brilliant special effects artist, to come out and shoot a couple of SoCal haunts. (These great folks will be at the first ScareLA convention this weekend. So if you were put off by the cost of D23, check their booths and presentations out at ScareLA and tell them we sent you!) Admittedly, we were a little hesitant at first, not being big into Halloween. The promise was that these haunts were Disney inspired and Disney caliber. We were not let down. We met Rob in Santa Monica just after sundown to visit Eric Maurin's "House of Restless Spirits". After a few brief introductions we were given a VIP tour around the house and behind the scenes. This haunt specializes in subtlety and the attention to detail is incredible. Below are a few scenes we captured. They are very dark to preserve the integrity of the setting and best viewed large by clicking -

House of Restless Spirits
Photo by Michaela Hansen

Captain in Barrel
Photo by Matthew Hansen

Doll & Ghost
Photo by Kevin Crone

Captain's Study
Photo by Matthew Hansen

House at Haunted Hill


After finishing up at the eerie and subtle "House of Restless Spirits" we followed Rob up to Woodland Hills to visit Matt & Lori Ford's spectacular "House at Haunted Hill". Again, we received the VIP treatment from gracious hosts. We got a private viewing of the show and got to see the control center for the complex lighting setup. Below are a few of the scenes we captured -

House at Haunted Hill
Photo by Michaela Hansen

Skeleton
Photo by Matthew Hansen

The Graveyard
Photo by Michaela Hansen

The Crypt
Photo by Matthew Hansen

(Your eyes don't deceive you. That's Neil Patrick Harris in that last shot.)

We were blown away by both haunts and by the talent and graciousness of Rob, Eric, Matt & Lori. A big thank you to them for letting us come have a field day shooting their brilliant work! We'll share some more scenes a little closer to Halloween. In the meantime, check them out this weekend at ScareLA and visit their websites -
Haunt1000 / Spectral Illusions - Rob Ostir
House of Restless Spirits - Eric Maurin
House at Haunted Hill - Matt & Lori Ford

Comments (2)

On August 8, 2013 at 7:30 AM , Kasey Beardall DeMarco said...

I have been a huge fan of your Disney work for quite sometime, but I wanted you to know that I think these pictures too are wonderful! Everything looks like it was put together very well, reminiscent of Disney. I for one can't wait to see all that you have in store for us. Best of luck in all your endeavors!

 
On August 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM , Stephanie Johnson said...

I'm really looking forward to the tutorials! You guys do great work and I can't wait to be able to impart some of your magic on my own photos.