Sawyer Hartman wants to try his hand at something a little scarier than his normal creations. The YouTuber and filmmaker who boasts over 1.7 million subscribers is making an anthology horror web series.
According to StreamDaily, Hartman wants to create six episodes at about 20 minutes each for the first season of his currently unnamed program. He’ll release the first season episodically by way of his YouTube channel, and later combine all six installments into a two-hour feature. He hopes to have the first season take place in a lonely farm house, with possible future seasons set in other horror movie staples like a remote hotel and/or hospital.
Hartman plans to fund everything himself with the goal of proving the American Horror Story-style anthology format can work in the digital realm before seeking funds for further seasons.
“I’m looking at a first entire season (to have a budget of) around $150,000, and that’s why I chose a farm house, because I’ll just secure the location for a month, have cast and crew sleeping on location, and we’ll go there with everything written and storyboarded and just bang it out,” Hartman said. “We really want the middle of Oklahoma, so we have not only the supernatural aspect of it, but we also have nature and tornadoes and a bunch of other natural things we can add to it.”
With a long history of creative endeavors, Hartman is no stranger to taking on new projects. He released a short film in conjunction with New Form Digital Studio called Parallax in October. Before that he worked on Welcome to Tokyo, which starred fellow YouTuber Vincent Cyr. More recently, Hartman launched a line of clothing for his fans at Scene@AwesomenessTV pop-up store in Los Angeles.
Hartman certainly has the followers and ability to make his horror series a hit. We look forward to seeing how the project pans out.