Creative Brief: Paranormal Activity

Keyword Code: PARAP5BRIEF

There are an enormous number of TV shows and documentaries that deal with supernatural and paranormal themes. The ratings for shows like The Dead Files, Ghost Hunters, and The Haunted are going through the roof, which means more shows like these are in development. That translates to a huge demand for clips that illustrate stranger things and sounds that go bump in the night. We’re especially looking for mysterious interiors and macabre locations.

Shot-List Thought-Starters

• Cemeteries
• Scary interiors: rooms, corridors, hallways, staircases
• Scary exteriors: houses, hotels, apartment buildings
• Ominous weather, dark clouds, rain
• Seances
• Tarot cards and psychic readings including crystal balls
• Windows, doors, cupboards, drawers being opened by themselves
• Sheets being pulled off the bed
• Someone being chased through a house, woods — explore the use of night vision.
• Apparitions, human shadows, and silhouetted human shapes

Suggested Keywords: Mystery, Supernatural, Paranormal, Haunted, Scary, Fear, Mysterious, Spooky

Typical Users: Unscripted drama, non-fiction and reality TV programming, feature and documentary films

Scary Hospital Corridor by boscorelli

Pro-Tip: If you decide to add effects to the image, be sure to include a clean version in case an FX artist wants to manipulate it.

Before You Shoot:
• Please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
• Think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage

Submission Checklist:
• Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: PARAP5BRIEF
• Have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
• No logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
• Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords

Top image: Low Angle View of Castle on Rocky Hill by blendimages