Why You Should Film Your Scary Movie with a Cube Camera in San Diego
San Diego is famous for being the second largest city in California, sunny year-round climate and extensive beaches. Also known as America’s Finest City, San Diego has been populated since 1542 granting it quite the history. Though the years have been kind to this fabulous city, they have also left their haunted mark. “Haunted spots” in San Diego is one of the most popular searches for visitors and residents alike. Imagine the possibilities of capturing hauntings here on your Polaroid CUBE HD Lifestyle Action Video Camera, your best camera for travel.
Haunted Spots in San Diego
A couple of the most famous haunted locations are The Whaley House and The Hotel Del Coronado. The Whaley House is proclaimed as the most haunted house in the US. On a tour you are highly likely to see orbs and black mists. You might experience nausea or feel someone moving your personal objects, such as your video camera. Here, videos and photos are not only allowed, they are encouraged. The hope is that more visitors will be able to grab onto the energies and spirits that haunt this former home, courtroom and theater, as a way to understand the phenomenon.
The Hotel Del Coronado is legendary. It opened in 1888 and was billed as the world’s largest resort hotel. Royalty, US Presidents and celebrities visited the hotel for a little R&R. Today the establishment continues to attract plenty of attention, albeit more of the haunted type. One of the scariest authors of all time wrote a famous short story that was transformed on the silver screen, thanks to real-life haunting stories coming from stays at the Coronado. Paranormal investigations abound at The Hotel Del Coronado.
Scout Scary Movie Scenes in San Diego
If you are interested in the paranormal, or you have plans to film your own horror flick, San Diego offers dozens of fantastically scary spots. Load up your HD video camera and set off on a haunted house tour. In addition to The Whaley House, check out the William Heath Davis House, the oldest house still standing in San Diego. Thanks to its age, the house has hundreds of reports of paranormal activity. If you want to find out how to make a horror movie in all its scary gore, consider a visit to The McKamey Manor in San Diego. Keep in mind that there are tens of thousands of people on the wait list, for what has been billed as the scariest haunted house in history. Tours last for up to 8 hours, and not a single person has made it through the pits of live snakes, cages and attacks that visitors experience.
Ghost Tour Opportunities
Another chance to see some real ghosts is to sign up for any of the many ghost tours in San Diego. Make sure to take your Polaroid CUBE camera so you can snap shots of any paranormal activity you encounter. Thanks to the single button capture mode on this camera, you don’t have to fret with changing the settings or powering up your camera. As ghostly encounters happen in the blink of an eye, the last thing you want is to lose the moment when your camera is there in your hands.
Shooting Horror Film Scenes
Once you have explored San Diego and chosen a general idea for your own horror film, it’s time to put your Polaroid CUBE into action. Using this small cube-shaped digital camera, you open up a whole world of possibilities. Each side measures at only 1.4 inches, making it the perfect size for tucking into your pockets while you work on props and costuming between scenes. You also have the option of several mount styles, such as a helmet mount, magnetic mount and pendant mount. Keep your hands free while capturing the scenes from a new perspective using these nifty gadgets. To help you with the creative process, here are three ways you can shoot a horror scene using your Polaroid CUBE.
Capture Scenes at Dusk or in the Dark
The best time to shoot a horror scene is when the light is at its least forgiving. After all, you want to have eerie shadows lurking in the shots to lend to that shady quality. Experiment with different times to see how dark you can go with your scene before committing to the actual shot. Another way to create a faux dusk is to shoot a scene inside a house where you can control the lighting sources. You want just enough light to let you see the focal point. Too much light takes away from the haunted effect. A third option with lighting is to give your focal character a flashlight for their only lighting source. When aimed up from beneath their chin, this gives that all-impressive campfire story effect.
First Person Perspectives for Horror Stories
When you watch a Hollywood film from the perspective of the characters, it really draws you into the story line. You are only able to see what the character sees, which adds to the horror effect. Use this technique in your own horror film by positioning the Polaroid CUBE on your hat, necklace or shoulder. The camera will only see what the character allows, giving the viewer plenty of moments where they have to use their imagination to figure out what’s out there. This adds another layer of horror to any film, and is what the best horror flicks are made of. Thanks to the many mounts offered by Polaroid, you have a wide range of first person POV capabilities.
Using the Mounts for Paranormal Characters
Take one of the mounts, such as the monkey mount for shooting from your shoulder or the pendant mount, and make it one of the characters. For example, you can make the monkey possessed or haunted, using the video captured through its plastic eyes as part of the film. Make sure to take a few scenes where you videotape the mount so that the viewer is aware of the evil character behind the video footage. Then the rest of your footage can be what the monkey or pendant “does” as they commit to their reign of terror. You can add some fake blood or mummy-like bandages to your monkey mount to add to the effect. If using the pendant, make the pendant appear like an evil eye that is ever-seeing, and all knowing. By recording using this pretend eye, you can capture your scenes from a whole new perspective, which adds to the scary feel of your horror scenes.
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When exploring San Diego’s haunted spots you will score tons of ideas and inspiration for your next horror film. Follow up by making your video scenes as creepy and realistic as possible, and you might have yourself a blockbuster horror movie ready just in time for Halloween. Using the Polaroid CUBE gives you the freedom to film, as well as the quality you come to expect from a digital camera. See what this camera can do for your imaginative works!