Make a Spooky Forest for Your Video Indoors
So you'd like to film your spooky ghost story of the doomed person lost in the spooky forest, with owls in the background and mist eerily helping them lose their way, until they meet ghosts, goblins and gremlins oh my! ...
Perhaps you're lucky and find that on a foggy day you can film this in an actual forest. But what if its the wrong season and you try to film outside in the garden among the trees and bushes, and you'd like to use fog from your party fog machine but the wind keeps blowing it away?
Then of course it could be that though you filmed some great footage in an actual foggy forest while shooting conditions were perfect, you just need to do some close-ups and some better shots of your character but conditions have changed so how will you do it now?
Fear not - simply bring your forest inside!
Find a room that has lots of space and white or light colored walls.
Large branches can easily be made to stand in empty paint tins filled with sand, and those fake fir trees they sell at the supermarket as Christmas trees also make good forest-like trees on film. Finish your forest off with some fake plants that are widely available on the market, and there you go, your forest is nearly complete.
Now all you need to do is close the doors and windows so the air in the room can stand still, and use an inexpensive party fogger, also called a "smoke machine", to provide you with the spooky mist. If you don't have such a smoke machine, you can get an inexpensive one from here.
You may have to give the room another dose of fog between every shot or three when filming, to make sure the trees farthest away from the camera can barely be seen, in order to create depth. You definitely don't want to see the back wall or any light switches or wall sockets!
If your subject moves along in the forest and you need more forest, you can simply move things around so it looks like a different part of the forest. You may also bring in rocks and leaves if the forest floor will feature in your shots.
When editing your scene, change the color balance of the picture to match the mood you're going for. A cold, dark forest might have a bleak, colder look and feel to it.
Also if you're like me, somewhere on your vacation and travel videos you filmed footage of an actual misty day - now you can use short pieces of it to intercut with your newly shot footage to add an extra touch of realism and wonderful location shots.
Add some sounds of wolves and owls here and there, and perhaps a very softly, howling, rustling wind.
Viola! Sends the shivers down my spine! :) Can you see the werewolf?