Channon Rose is a print model/beauty blogger/DIY expert. And gorgeous to boot. Her boyfriend, Travis Dean, has a standard corporate 8-5 job. Not exactly your typical filmmakers. Yet this real life couple became inadvertent documentarians when they went on a romantic getaway in a resort town and ended up filming the possession of Channon. Now, the couple is letting the public in on their terrifying experience with their upcoming film This Isn’t a Movie.
Tell me about This Isn't a Movie...
Our movie is the real footage from an actual vacation my boyfriend and I took together to go snowboarding in the mountains. Everything started out exciting and fun, just like any other trip we had taken together except something happened. Something so terrifying it's still really hard for me to talk about. Sometimes, I feel like it was just a terrible nightmare. I became possessed by someone or something on our trip. I never believed in possession…until it happened to me. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me, or anyone I know. It was like something out of the movies, except it was real. I started just acting really weird; I got quiet and wanted to be alone. It progressed throughout the night. I was banging my head against the wall, eating old chicken out of the trash even though I am vegan. I was screaming for no apparent reason. Talking to people that weren’t there and seeing things that weren’t there: answering the door and talking to someone at the door when no one was there. I disappeared into the woods in the middle of the night and ended up in the emergency room. Very scary stuff and most of it was captured on camera.
How did you two meet?
We met on an online dating site (Match.com to be exact) in the fall of 2012. True story, lol.
Is it typical for you to video your trips?
Yes, most people take pictures of their trips, but we film ours. With technology today, we figure why not? I love watching old home videos of me, and my parents, when I was growing up and I want to have those memories for my children one day.
When did you realize something was really wrong?
Since I don't have any recollection of the strange and dangerous things I was doing, it wasn't until Travis started telling me I was doing them. I would come in and out of consciousness. I would be totally fine one minute and completely out of my mind and possessed the next. When I was acting normal Travis would tell me something I did and I wouldn't believe him, which was one of the reasons he started filming it. So I would have to say it was the first or second time he told me I was doing these things that I realized something is not right.
Did you believe in possessions before this happened?
Absolutely not. I thought it was just something that was in the movies. And something people would make up to get attention.
Did you do anything out of the ordinary before the possession started?
Not that I can think of. Although, I did find a necklace on the way to the mountains. I had to use the facilities, so we pulled off the side of the road. There was no where to stop so I had to walk down a bit of ways into these trees so no cars could see me from the side of the road and I found an old necklace and thought it was really cool. After watching the footage from the trip I did seem to be pretty captivated by that necklace. Not sure if it had anything to do with it, who knows.
Do you remember anything about the possession?
I remember feeling VERY tired. I was extremely confused at first when Travis was telling me things and then as the night went on I just remember freaking out and being really scared. The worst part was leaving the hospital because I knew then we were on our own and no one could help me.
Do you feel like you would ever go back to the cabin?
Why should people watch this footage?
I think that people will want to watch This Isn’t a Movie because it is real. It's different from what people are used to seeing. There are so many movies that are based on a true story, but if someone had the opportunity to watch the real thing, I think anyone would prefer that. I think that is why reality shows are so popular and the same with YouTubers who vlog their life. People like watching things that are real. Also, I think it's important to raise awareness about possession. It is so controversial to talk about, and most people think that the person (who is possessed) is mentally ill and that may not always be the case, like in my situation. People should know it exists, that it's real and it can happen to anyone. It's very scary and we should not be so judgmental about it. I think before someone automatically say's, "I don't believe in that stuff" or "They are just doing it for attention," that they should do some research about it first. Be a little more open-minded and they might learn something that will change their minds.
Why should they believe this is real?
You can tell once you watch the footage that this wasn't made to be a movie. They don't have to believe anything they don't want to, and I am sure a lot of people will think it's not real. But whether people believe it or not, it happened, it was very real. It's our story and we are just sharing it with others whether it be for entertainment purposes, laughs, or for some people that may be able to relate to a similar experience they may have had. And to raise awareness. Possession is real. It's no joke; it really does exist. I did a lot of research after this happened to me on possessions and it has been happening to people for hundreds of years. It is even documented in the bible that Jesus cast demons out of people. Google possessions. Research it. You will be amazed at what you find.
Why do you want to release this as a film?
I think the footage we have is too scary to not be seen. It is the scariest kind of horror movie because it is real. Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch Project were huge successes because people thought they were real. So we think people would want to watch it for that purpose alone. Because it's real. And for all the other reasons I mentioned above.
Where can people go to watch the movie/footage and learn more?
We have an Indiegogo page where people can pre-buy the movie, order t-shirts and other perks to help fund the post production of the movie at This Isn't A Movie.