Thursday, 13 March 2014

General Standards

Eidolon Paranormal

General Standards

Eidolon Paranormal has developed a general set of standards for
conducting field investigations that supplement and complement our
more rigid protocols.
 These standards are based on experience and common sense.
 Our standards and protocols establish a baseline to judge photos, and
other types of evidence obtained, by eliminating errors in data recording
and evidence tainting, but also cover how one conducts themselves
upon an investigation.

  • Respect private property, ask permission, and do not trespass.
  • Respect clients and other peoples beliefs whilst on-site
  • Never vandalise or take anything from a location.
  • Show reverence and respect in cemeteries, historic sites, etc.
  • No running, or disrespect in cemeteries or historical sites.
  • Always log moon and weather conditions at pre-set times during an investigation
  • Do not take photographs during adverse weather conditions, such as rain, mist, fog, windy, or dusty conditions.
  • Remove or wear the camera strap so it does not hang loose.
  • Take photos of dust particles, pollen or moisture droplets to see how your camera records these kinds of orbs.
  • An orb is not special or unique. An orb is only a description of shape. Most common orbs are airborne dust particles. Do not show orbs as evidence of a paranormal event without other conclusive evidence to back it up
  • Do not take photos from moving vehicles on dusty roads.
  • Do not take photos while walking on dusty roads.
  • Remove all dust, spots, and fingerprints from camera lens.
  • Keep mobile phones turned off or in your vehicle and only check it when your away from the investigation during a break.
  • Avoid shooting into the Sun for resulting lens flare.
  • Avoid shooting with flash at reflective or shiny surfaces.
  • Keep fingers away from the lens of the camera.
  • Keep long hair away from the lens of the camera.
  • Keep fingernails away from the lens
  • Please do not wear perfume or heavy deodorants on investigations
  • Avoid shooting when foreign objects are floating near camera.
  • Compare anomalous prints with negatives for confirmation.
  • Flash is only good for 9-12 feet from camera so focus on that range or use an I.R. illuminator
  • Always use fresh audio tapes for tape recordings.
  • If digital, record in one or two minute tracks.
  • EVPs recorded whilst no human is present, on two separate recorders will have more credence
  • Do not rub the side of the recorder while recording nor walk while recording. Stand still to record.
  • We do not consider Ouija boards, dowsing rods, pendants or séances valid investigation tools
  • No smoking, drugs or drinking during an investigation.
  • At all times remain professional in your approach. This means no swearing during an investigation in a client’s house.
  • Ask for an area before the investigation starts where smoking of cigarettes can be done, so as not too offend client nor taint evidence.
  • Always remove your rubbish from a site.
  • Always respect a clients property, don’t move furniture or objects without permission, do not plug in equipment without permission.
  • When interviewing prospective clients, always be sure to remain polite and concise in your questions, do not lead them to an answer, and always keep an open mind.
  • Video or audio record all interviews wherever possible
  • To avoid false readings make certain equipment is in proper working order and that everyone involved knows how to properly use all equipment
  • Carry proper ID
  • Have permission documentation with you (or in car) at all times whilst on investigations

Eidolon Paranormal

EVP Protocol

  • EVP work will be conducted with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 investigators (fewer is best).
  • At the beginning of each EVP session, each investigator will state his or her name for audio to provide a sample of their voice for comparison later, and to capture their presence for the record.
  • There will be no less than 2 audio recorders running in a location where capturing EVP is attempted
  • Investigator one will ask pre-scripted questions
  • There will be a pause of no less than 30 seconds and no more than 60 seconds between questions
  • After the questions are asked there will be a pause of 5 minutes where all investigators present will remain still and silent
  • After the period of silence, there will be a five minute conversation between two investigators present. All others will remain still and silent.
  • After the conversation, investigator 2 will ask the same scripted questions as investigator one, with a pause of at least 30 seconds but no more than 60 seconds between questions.
  • All questions will be asked in normal conversational tone.
If, during EVP work an audible response is to occur (rapping, knocking, etc.) it is expected that EVP protocol will be abandoned to an extent. The person asking the questions will change their course of questioning to elicit more active responses. All investigators MUST stay within eye shot of the video camera during this time to validate that no investigator is causing the phenomena. The Photographer will photograph around the areas where the activity is occurring, as well as the investigators to document them. If activity does not include solicited response type activity - the questioning investigator should state for audio - "We will begin gathering readings at this time" Temperature, EMF, and other readings will be captured and documented. Photographer will continue taking photographs. Once activity has stopped, investigators will continue with EVP work until complete.
During EVP Work it is very important that all investigators remain as still as possible and as quiet as possible. If an external noise is heard; or an investigator shifts, sighs, makes a body noise; the interviewer will verbally remark for audio. If the interviewer fails to remark and another investigator hears an external noise or the noise of another investigator, that investigator will state his/her name and remark on the noise heard.
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