A story Mike Bowersock and I did during july sweeps in 2012 for our Ohio Mysteries series. We won the D. Tennant Bryan award for Best Feature in a Large Television Market for this story. I was also nominated in 2013 for an Emmy for this piece.
Starting out, Mike Bowersock and I knew we had very little to work with. The event depicted was pre-selected by someone else out of a "Haunted Ohio" book. There was very little visually to work with, and the lone survivor, (Fitzwater), had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for years. His wife said she asked him about the event for us, but remembered nothing. We decided to go talk to him anyway. We were pretty surprised that he not only remembered the incident, but he recalled it to good detail! We then brainstormed on various additional elements we could add. Mike had an old tv from the same era that I was able to work into the story, as well as I and my family were able to recruit the help of a family friend who had the amazing vehicle to represent the "Phantom." Some dry ice and fog machine use later, I had all the shots I needed to put the story together. I used after-effects for creating the illusion of the old tv programs playing in the old tv set.
Special thanks to Don Rowan for the use of his beautiful car for the piece, my grandmother for helping me get in touch with him, and my wife for her role as assistant gaffer/human fan and dry-ice wrangler!