Beloved YouTube creators Marble Hornets will be coming to the Meta Con multi-genre convention in Minneapolis this fall. The trio of creators make web videos and stories that stretch on for several seasons, and have a large following of hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Having started working together almost five years ago, Joseph DeLage, Tim Sutton, and Troy Wagner have accumulated a massive fan base entirely through word-of-mouth. Between their YouTube channels, marblehornets, totheark, and troyhasacamera, they have over 400,000 subscribers and 73 million total upload views.
Their most popular series, Marble Hornets, started in the summer of 2009 and follows the character of Jay as he tries to unravel the mystery behind strange happenings in the raw footage of an old class project his friend, Alex, abandoned without warning. However, the more he looks into things, the more unpredictable and dangerous his own life becomes.
The series is shot in a found-footage style, which causes narration to be extremely limited and adds to the sense of fear and confusion of Jay that the creators try to share with the audience. To simply call Marble Hornets a horror series would be disingenuous as the creators try to rely more heavily on suspense and the tension caused by the limited perspective of the camera to create an atmospheric paranormal series that doesn’t rely entirely on jump scares and gore to keep the audience guessing.
Marble Hornets is in its third and final season at the time of this writing but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the series. The web series is coming to the big screen under the direction of James Moran (Paranormal Activity series) and stars Doug Jones (Hellboy series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) as the mysterious and menacing antagonist, The Operator. The film is slated for a spring 2014 release.
Troyhasacamera (THAC), which started out as Troy Wagner’s personal YouTube account, has evolved into a place for the guys to share whatever ridiculous ideas they have caught on film with the world. Many of the videos are humorous one-offs that came into being in random conversations throughout the making of Marble Hornets. Though sporadically updated in the past, the channel is expected to go into full production mode at the conclusion of Marble Hornets. A couple of series that have already seen at least their first episode released are the Nature Break series (hosted by the great Craig Digsby) and Earth and You, an instructional series aimed at helping those new to our planet.
In addition to making videos, the boys have started a bi-weekly podcast available for free for anyone that cares to listen. Topics include regular updates on Marble Hornets and THAC production, answering fan questions, and whatever white-hot opinions they serve up in conversation.
Over the weekend, they will be doing several panels, including a “Marble Hornets Q&A”, a panel on “How To Make A Webseries”, and a “Marble Hornets Live Commentary.”
Meta Con is organized by Ryan Kopf and AnimeCon.org and will be held October 31 – November 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.