Pop. (Population) of Zero was created by mid-Michigan natives Matt Woodbury & Dennis Potvin, whose collaboration focused on their mutual love of ghost-towns, old horror films and indie filmmaking.
Matt previously produced the outdoors-themed webpage Team D.I.R.T., while Dennis wrote and directed the web sitcom Graverobbers Inc. The duo chose the subject of ghost-towns because it allowed them to travel and enjoy the outdoors while filming subjects that were both historical and macabre.
While Matt wanted a Blair Witch-style pseudo-documentary approach to the material, Dennis wanted The Ghost and Mr. Chicken; a balance between comedy and horror. The result is Pop. of Zero’s Haunted America, fifteen-minute episodes that alternate quickly between fright and amusement.
Each episode of Haunted America features a unique subject matter, and is preceded by shorter films called Ghost Stories and Teaser Trailers on the Pop. of Zero website and Facebook page. Episode subjects thus far include ghost-towns, abandoned asylums, evil spirits, haunted cemeteries, nightmarish visions and witches. Dennis promises that future installments will feature voodoo, the occult, murders and, of course, many more ghosttowns.