My facebook friends may remember- about a month ago I posted some exciting news that I got a gig with the Travel Channel. Despite my fears, this turned out to be a real event and I quickly received phone calls and emails setting me up to come and work for them. It turned out to be for the show, Ghost Adventures, which at that point I had never heard of. I guess this show is pretty popular considering it airs weekly in one hour episodes on Friday evenings.
The premise is 3 guys who travel around to the most haunted places in the U.S. They research the history and stories behind whatever asylum, decrepit house, or ghost town they are currently visiting. Then they shoot at the location for 3 days, conducting interviews with people who live near or work at the places, getting shots of the location and finishing up their session with what they called the ‘lock down’. This so called ‘lock down’ is when they lock themselves in the building, cameras and night vision goggles in hand, and search for ghosts, spirits, strange sounds and voices, and excitedly anticipate a supernatural experience.
The episode they were producing last month was at the Rolling Hills Asylum near Batavia, NY. They hired me as a local photographer to shoot the filming and production of the show, documentary style. I spent two afternoons following around the hosts on location through the massive asylum. It was an interesting experience to say the least. I was grateful for the insight in the production of a big time show, which turned out to be pretty minimal at the most. And I had fun trying to understand the interest and fascination these people seemed to have in ghosts, spirits, and haunted places.
The second afternoon we filmed up near Niagara Falls. Although the falls is not known for being haunted or having any connection with the Rolling Hills Asylum, it’s still definitely a tourist destination and will appear on the episode when it airs this coming September.