Junior Jason Gowin, a visual communications major, acts, writes,
builds websites and hunts ghosts. His passion for the supernatural
and his budding knowledge of web design led to his creating
with friends Greg Newkirk and Bill Angove a website chronicling
their adventures. They call themselves Ghost Hunters Inc.
Their site caught the eye of Newgil Productions, an independent
film company based in Seattle that plans to bring Gowin’s scary
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Newman stumbled upon Ghost Hunters Inc. while visiting a supernatural
message board looking for ideas. What intrigued him about Gowin’s
site, and separated it from the hundreds that are out there,
was the humor injected into the stories of their escapades.
Newman and his crew hope to begin production in March. They
have agreed to allow Gowin, Newkirk, and Angove to help with
production, writing, and acting. All three will play themselves.
The movie will have elements of several movie genres, including
documentary, comedy, adventure and action.
Gowin, 25, a Pennsylvania native, has been attending Hawaii
Pacific University for two years. He began ghost hunting three
years ago on the east coast after doing some extensive research
on the subject. Gowin said that “Scooby Doo and Ghost Buster’s”
were early influences. Despite their fictional nature, Gowin
said that “ghosts” are very real.
One of his more chilling experiences occurred one evening in
an old, abandoned Pennsylvania mining town. He and Ghost Hunter’s
Inc., an 8-person investigative team trekked through the woods
to a forgotten burial ground, Barkley’s Cemetery. Throughout
the cemetery they found piles of coal strewn about, heard the
sound of people running through the surrounding forest, had
rocks thrown at them from indistinguishable sources, and heard
the grinding of invisible pick axes just feet away. “Something
didn’t want us there,” Gowin said.
While on the hunt, Gowin and his crew are armed with a tape
recorder, video camera, an electromagnetic frequency meter,
night vision goggles (of course most of the hunting is done
at night), and a compass. They usually explore abandoned houses,
civil war battlegrounds, obsolete train tunnels, and cemeteries.
“Ghost hunting is hit or miss,” Gowin explained, “There’s no
Ghost Hunter’s Inc. is used to skeptics and often finds them
comical. “There are a lot of people who say they don’t believe,
but they won’t go out [ghost hunting],” Gowin remarked with
a laugh, “People are afraid of what they don’t understand.”
As filming will take place during the spring semester, Gowin
will continue his studies with HPU via web courses. Though he
is excited about the movie and what it could mean for Ghost
Hunters Inc., he said he will be anxious to return to Oahu.
According to Gowin, “The Islands are very haunted.”