Marble Hornets is a horror series on YouTube created by Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage in the summer of 2009. The series follows the narrator, Jay, as he goes through old footage of a cancelled film project by his old college friend, Alex. As he goes through more tapes, he discovers that Alex was being stalked by a paranormal entity and decides to continue to try and unravel the mystery behind the tapes.
The series has overcome a near complete lack of budget through the use of a first person narrative that helps create an atmosphere that portrays a sense of fear from both the seen and unseen. This limited perspective along with the cryptic responses from the ever-present “totheark” has helped provoke discussion on many message boards across the internet and helped to boost what started as a pastime into a channel boasting almost 290,000 total subscribers and over 59 million total upload views with minimal self-promotion. With this overwhelming show of support from its fans, the series now has its first two seasons available on DVD as well as t-shirts. The series was also an official honoree at the 15th annual Webby Awards in 2011.
Troy acts as co-creator, director, and editor of Marble Hornets, as well as playing Jay, the “narrator” of the series. He has also been working for multiple production companies on various commercial and narrative film projects in the Birmingham, AL area since 2005. In December of 2011, Troy graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production and a minor in Theatre.
Joseph, in stark contrast with Troy, had absolutely no experience in film prior to his involvement in Marble Hornets. Despite his work as co-creator, writer, and actor in the series, Joseph still spends much of his time focusing his creative efforts on music. Having grown up in a musical household, he began playing trumpet 15 years ago and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Alabama.
After meeting Troy through a mutual friend in late 2008, Tim Sutton eventually became more involved in Troy’s various film projects. Having become a fan favorite, Tim has become more and more involved in the writing process of Marble Hornets in addition to his acting. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Alabama.
In addition to their work on Marble Hornets, the three were recently signed as writers for the horror game Slender: The Arrival, the much-anticipated follow-up of the indie hit, Slender: The Eight Pages. The game was developed by Blue Isle Studios in association with Parsec Productions and was released on March 26th.