Saturday, November 19, 2011

Home Haunter Video Awards

I'm still pretty new to most of the cyber haunting communities, forums and blogs.  For the past 4 years that I've been intensely haunting, I've been trying to absorb everything that there is to know about haunting.  At this point, I know what FCG's, TOT's, fog chillers and monster mud are.  I have the perfect recipe for paper mache and I'm really handy with an Xacto knife and a couple of sheets of foam. 

But, there are things that I am still learning about everyday and the Home Haunter's Video Awards is one of those things that really caught my eye this year. 

 Every year, I would catch a snippet of something about Home Haunter's Video Awards, whether is was a video submission deadline announcement or video release or the awards announcement, but it was all really back round noise to everything else that I was getting into.  This year, that changed ;)

As a huge fan of The Davis Graveyard (www.strangelittlegirl.blogspot.com), I was thrilled to learn that they have an Etsy shop where they sell some of their really awesome graveyard creations.  That is where I really took notice of the 2010 Home Haunter's Video Awards DVD collection, which they had up for purchase in their shop. What an opportunity to be able to see a huge sampling of what everyone out there is doing!  Not to mention the perfect thing to watch in October.  So, I couldn't help but buy it :)

Watching this collection of haunts, haunted houses and haunter's projects was like trick r' treating around the country from my sofa.  It was amazing to see how this passion of mine, was very much a passion of many other people out there.  It's also a great creative resource for any haunter.  I saw things on the video, that I hadn't encountered before online, like movement activated drop down panels on cemetery entrance columns.


The competition part of it is intriguing too.  The videos are viewed by a panel of judges who are past winners of one of the various categories of the Home Haunter's Video Awards.  The categories include: 
Best Yard Haunt, Best Indoor/walk through Haunt, Best Static Prop, Best Animated Prop, Best Party House, best Video Production, Best How to and the most exciting of them all, the Propmaster Award.


The Propmaster Award is described as, an award given to recognize a person in the home haunter community that has made exceptional contributions to the home haunting community.  What a major compliment from the Haunting Community!


This year, I have decided that I'm going to give it a try and enter in the competition myself.  Knowing that I was going to enter this year, really gave me the drive to strive to be be more creative and to pay more attention to detail and to really step back from my cemetery and see it from the perspective of those who view it.  It's really been a good "exercise", so to speak for my creativity.


The deadline for submission is January 31st!  So, I had better get to work!!!


To learn more about the Home Haunters Video Awards go to: 
http://www.hauntersvideoawards.com/videos.htm



3 comments:

  1. Now that was a whole lot of fun!! More ideas to keep me awake at night. I let a friend know about this site who puts up a great yard every year, I'd love to see him enter! Thanks for link.

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  2. I know what I'm gonna be doing coming January, heh heh!

    Good luck with your vid, I look forward to seeing it!

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