::Ghost Adventures::

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.

Rolling Hills Asylum

The first afternoon included quite a bit of down time while cameras were being tested and set up.

Testing white balance.

Quite the characters.

Filming an interview at the front of the asylum.

The inside of the asylum was beautiful- dilapidated, worn down, and well lit from the large and numerous windows.

Apparently these were new cameras the guys were excited to use for the first time this season.

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.



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7 responses to “::Ghost Adventures::

  1. Kaylan that is so exciting! What a neat experience – I hope more adventures and opportunities like this come your way! The building is so neat looking.

  2. Mom :)

    great pixs kay, love the clarity of them.

  3. Stef

    Kay! this is neat! and creepy. but so great! that scarecrow picture? yikes.

  4. that must have been crazy can’t wait to hear about it!

  5. Ashley Hackett

    Kaylan, that’s soo awesome! I love Ghost adventures, i watch it all the time… it scares the crap out of me but it’s intriguing hahaha. i’m jealous that you got to meet them! how much fun 🙂


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  7. Jayla Jones

    Hello, I love watching the show, every friday it i wait to see whats going to be explored, however , I don’t know if i missed it if it was an episode with the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. I always wanted to see the exploring of the Lemp Mansion.

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