Never Hike Alone | Location Scout | Unit Stills

I love Horror movies. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them. My appreciation for the genre grew in college when I moved into a house full of theater majors and we began (starting the first night we moved in) to make a steady stream of films. Nights were spent filming and days spent editing, using two VCR’s and other equipment hodgepodged together in our living room. We used slushies from 7-11 for visual effects and everyone got bumps and bruises from our terrible attempts at stunt work. There is a reason there are PROFESSIONALS in every field in this biz. But we were energetic college kids who easily bounced back from whatever we threw ourselves down, stairs in my case.

Every since I started working as a Unit Stills Photographer, I have longed for the chance to create images for a Horror film. Patience and persistence pays off as the first Horror movie that I will be creating images for is an homage to Friday the 13th! The cool factor is bumped because the original was one of the first horror films I ever saw, I must have been around 8 years old and I definitely wasn’t allowed to watch those type of movies. My mom still can’t get through anything scarier than Criminal Minds. It was at my parent’s friends house during a party. The parents left a few of us kids together under the watchful eye of their older son while they socialized. The watchful eye decided to scare the ever living shit out of the younger kids with a viewing of his video tape of the first Friday the 13th. It was awesome and terrifying. See, I grew up in the middle of the woods on a lake. Oh yeah!! I don’t know how long it took for my mom to stop me from trying to sneak into their bed at night. ha!

So I was very excited when the awesome guys that make up Womp Stomp Films took me along to location scout for Never Hike Alone honoring the Friday the 13th films. Vincente DiSanti drove us deep in the woody mountains somewhere east of LA to a long abandoned camp at the end of a twisting and turning ‘road’ with a steep drop to one side and boulders going up the other. It was a slow climb to the top with frequent stops to clear trees and larger rocks from the ‘road’ and boy oh boy was it worth it! YAHHHSSSSS!!! The abandoned camp is exactly where a 13th homage must happen. We were all looking over our shoulders the entire time and as I explored the cabins farther away from base camp by myself, I sort of expected to turn the corner and find sweet ole Jason taking a nap. I cannot wait till principle photography.

How perfect is this?

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Vinny and Christopher James Thellas testing out the sony a7s ii low light capabilities

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Costume + Location tests

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and we were gifted a beautiful sunset on our ride back to civilization!

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Cannot wait to watch the awesome unfold.