The timing has to be right.
For Thomas Garcia and Chad Brummett, it took years to get their web series off the ground.
The duo talked about it a lot.
In July, they decided to take a giant leap and start “That’s Some Scary Sh!t.”
The series follows Brummett, Garcia and Jordan Jones as they embark on a thrilling adventure that explores the most “haunted” places in New Mexico. The team uses reenactments, interviews and the latest ghost hunting techniques.
“We’ve kicked the tires about doing this show, and our schedules never seemed to ease up,” Brummett says.
Garcia says it finally became clear it was never going to be the right time.
The first few episodes have tackled ghosts in Old Town and Madrid, south of Santa Fe.
Brummett says a lot of the ideas stem from things that the duo have already known.
“Tommy takes the reins of this,” Brummett says. “For the Madrid piece, he dug in and got those stories. We work in the field where research is the bread and butter of what we do. There’s a lot of stuff we discovered as we went into production. We go in with a rough game plan.”
Garcia says that with production, it’s always a “wait and see” process.
“Because the series is partly produced and partly reality-based, it’s a process,” Garcia says. “It wouldn’t be as much of a challenge because we have Chad. He’s good on every side of the camera. I’ve been producing for 20 years. If we didn’t have Chad, there’s no way we could get this done.”
While both Brummett and Garcia work in the TV side of news, they wanted to make sure the series was something different.
Making it a web series afforded them more freedom, beginning with the name.
“We also liked it because it was divorced from our day jobs,” Brummett says.
Garcia says the idea has always been a passion project because he and his wife are amateur ghost hunters.
“I thought it would be cool if we did a New Mexico version of ‘Unsolved Mysteries,’ ” Garcia says. “It was going to be stories and reenactments. It changed dynamics when Jordan came in. We needed that rock star for the series. He’s one of the best when it comes to paranormal activity.”
Brummett says one of the goals of the series is not only to provide entertainment but make it accessible to everyone.
“There’s a bit of camp in the series,” he says. “We didn’t want this to be a ‘Ghost Adventures.’ We want to make the show feel accessible to where people will want to go check it out.”
Garcia says as that the series progressed, they’ve considered holding contests that would bring a viewer into the investigation.
“We’re not faking anything,” Garcia says. “Everything is open to interpretation.”
Brummett and Garcia also hope the series will help push tourism.
“Everything is shut down now, but we continue to make content for when the world opens again,” Brummett says. “It’s a niche market and a very real thing.”