“In Search of the Dead” Nominated for Best Paranormal Documentary in Higgypop’s Annual Paranormal Entertainment Awards

We are pleased to announce that “In Search of the Dead” has been nominated for Best Paranormal Documentary Film in Higgypop’s 2020 Paranormal Entertainment Awards.

This year marks the third annual Paranormal Entertainment Awards for Higgypop, in which the best paranormal content creators, publishers, hosts, and broadcasters are recognised. The awards celebrate “all forms of content created for traditional broadcast, online streaming, social and print, as well as celebrating the stars and creators of that content”.

The winner of the awards will be decided by public voting, closing on Friday 13th November 2020. The winners will be announced on Sunday 29th November.

To vote, simply click this link! Only one vote will be counted per person for each category. 

“In Search of the Dead” Selected for London International Motion Picture Awards

We are overjoyed to announce that “In Search of the Dead” has made it to the Official Selection of the 2020 London International Motion Picture Awards (L.I.M.P.A.).

The London International Motion Pictures Awards (L.I.M.P.A.) is an annual event held in London, United Kingdom. It aims to disseminate film culture and the progress achieved in various branches of film art, and to strengthen relations among filmmakers throughout the world.

This year the festival has reinvented itself and will be launched in collaboration with the U.S. distribution company Alexa Films LLC as a TV event. Each work has the chance to be broadcast live on the festival’s exclusive TV channel. The festival’s broadcasts will be shown on the channel between 1st and 12th of December. Viewers will have a chance to vote for each work featured by using a “like” button in order to obtain the recognition of “The film most voted by the audience”. The vote of the audience will be independent of the decision of the jury.

To find out more about the festival and this year’s competitors, visit L.I.M.P.A.’s official website.

“In Search of the Dead” Selected for Out of the Can International Film Festival

We are pleased to announce that “In Search of the Dead” has been officially selected for the fourth annual Out of the Can International Film Festival.

This year the festival will be held online for three days, from the 24th to the 26th October. The winners will be announced on Monday 26th during a special, pre-recorded online program. To find out more, visit the Out of the Can International Film Festival Facebook page.

“In Search of the Dead” Selected for Wales International Film Festival

We are overjoyed to announce that “In Search of the Dead” has been officially selected for the fourth Wales International Film Festival.

The Wales International Film Festival was founded by Euros Jones-Evans and Samira Mohamed Ali to showcase the work of filmmakers from across the globe. This year’s festival will be held between 16th and 18th September 2020 at the Gwyn Hall in Neath, South Wales. You can find out more about the festival on their website.

Official “In Search of the Dead” Full Trailer and Release Date Announced

Our debut feature documentary, In Search of the Dead, will be released 15th November 2019. We have just announced the release date alongside the full trailer. Watch the new trailer below.

The documentary will be available to view on Vimeo, as well as on The Paranormal Scholar‘s YouTube channel via channel membership (launching soon). As always, you can sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with all news regarding In Search of the Dead. Equally, you can visit the documentary’s official website for more.

Can you believe it? There is now just over a month to go!

New teaser trailer and test watchers

After years of production, our debut feature documentary – In Search of the Dead – is almost ready. Yes, you read that correctly… it will soon be available to watch!

Despite (or perhaps because of!) having watched the film what seems like at least a million times, Erik and I want to check that we haven’t made any silly mistakes. As such, we are looking for keen-eyed viewers to spot any glitches, typos or volume irregularities which we might have missed.

Check out our latest teaser trailer and see what we’re talking about…

If you are interested in being a test watcher (and getting early access to ISOTD!), you can apply here. The form will be available to fill in until Monday night. After that we will be contacting those who we have selected with more details.

As always, we want to say thank you for your continued support and patience. We truly cannot wait to share “In Search of the Dead” with you!

Sound, sound, sound!

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen leaps and bounds worth of progress with In Search of the Dead, with “sound” and “audio” being the two most commonly used words in our office. Not only has our hugely talented composer finished all her (heavenly!) compositions for our soundtrack, but we have also hired an audio engineer to smooth the documentary’s sound and have recorded the final takes of all the voiceover in studio. Phew!

I hardly dare to say it, but I believe we are now in the Final Tweaks stage of post-production. I cross my fingers and hope that it won’t be too much longer until we will be looking for test watchers to help us identify any last errors or issues with the production. So, keep an eye out if that sounds interesting to you!

To end this short update post I must once again thank you all for your constant support and patience. There is a not a video on our YouTube channel that does not have a comment asking after In Search of the Dead. We know that you have not forgotten our crazy dream to produce this documentary, and are just as excited to see it finished as we are. Each comment warms our hearts and reminds us of how fortunate we are to have such an enthusiastic and understanding audience. So, thank you.

The great bump in the road

For the past couple of months we have been rather quiet regarding In Search of the Dead. Far from purposefully leaving you all in the dark, we have been navigating great stress and upset.

In early March a Windows Update forced itself onto our computer, right in the middle of our working day. We were in the process of backing our work up onto an external hard drive at the time. When the computer restarted it was immediately clear that something was not right. The computer was sluggish and slow to response. Yet, the extent of the damage was not yet apparent. After wrestling to restore it to normal speed by uninstalling the update, we realised that much more had been damaged. Our files – both on the computer and on the external hard drive – had been damaged. All our In Search of the Dead files (and strangely, nothing else) were completely inaccessible.

Since that time, technicians have been working hard to restore the files. Yesterday, we received the salvaged files. All of our raw files have been either partially or entirely damaged. Our project files are entirely gone. Our post-production work has to be restarted, using whatever remains of our footage.

However, we will still be able to make In Search of the Dead.

At times over the last few weeks we thought that everything we had been working on for the past year was lost. Figuring out how to tell you all was the hardest part. So, we are so very happy to be able to share this with you. It is still bad news, but not as bad as we were preparing ourselves for.

We cannot wait to get this project finished and present In Search of the Dead to you. It has been the most incredible and challenging venture we have ever embarked upon – far in excess of what we imagined.

Thank you all for your support and patience. We read every kind comment left on our videos and websites, and are always especially touched by those expressing enthusiasm for this project.

Gallery of screenshots: Our vision for In Search of the Dead

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Post-production and composing a soundtrack

Now that we are back home (and finally at the end of our filming!) we have a lot of work to do.

Post-production for a two-person team is proving challenging, time-consuming but also greatly rewarding. Being able to watch back through over 30 hours of footage, and consolidating everything we have done, is overwhelming. Did we really begin this journey just a few months ago? It seems worlds away now.

We cannot wait to share the finished product with you, but before then we have a long road to trek.

One of the most exciting aspects of the next few weeks for us is the production of an original soundtrack for the documentary. We are honoured to have the chance to work with a hugely talented, aspiring composer. From the beginning we knew that we wanted the music for In Search of the Dead to be different and well-thought out. A welcomed change, you might say, from the ‘make do’ approach we normally have to adopt. Now that we have greater resources available to us, we hope that we can deliver something spectacular – something ethereal.

So, keep your eyes peeled as we enter 2018. The wait is almost over.

Imagination is a vehicle

Throughout this trip we have encountered the notion that imagination plays a fundamental role in our ability to interpret the world around us. Indeed, humans are creative creatures, and so it makes some measure of sense that since perception is subjective, an individual’s imagination must shape interpretation.

As this documentary is a personal experiment of sorts, I have decided to test my own ability to use imagination as a vehicle to interpret the world. Now in the final stages of this journey, I have been doing stream of consciousness writing to help guide our archival research.

Akin to the methods which a medium may use to channel spirit, I have been using a combination of meditation and loosely channelled imagination in an attempt to retrieve pieces of information. Whatever words or phrases first come into my emptied mind are written down. Thus is the hypothesis: raw imagination can provide the truest insights. In this case, the truest insights into our search for the dead. In short, this is an experimental approach to test the validity of mediums using imagination as a tool for spiritual communication.

Undoubtedly, this is difficult to explain!

Our ability to keep an open-mind has been a point of consideration from the very start of this journey. Just as we can adopt a rigorously scientific mindset, we have to at least attempt to take up a spiritual mindset also.

Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, this method has actually yielded some form of result so far.

What I may ultimately produce using this method is as of yet unknown. However, the experiment is not over. I will continue to keep an open mind and search for answers using whatever methods are at my disposal, and imagination, it seems, is a limitless pool.