Webseries Are The New Direct-To-DVD In the old days, a first-time director might dream of making a low-budget indie movie that does well on DVD, or even gets picked up for limited distribution. But now, it's all about the web series. The latest proof: The Artifact , a new web series which Illinois nerd William Fraser is making in his spare time. The Artifact takes place five years in the future, when a virus called Deep Black wipes out 80 percent of Earth's population. The low-budget series, designed to last 20 or 25 episodes with a pre-planned end point, is on YouTube and at www.whatistheartifact.com . And Fraser hopes to follow in the footsteps of Amanda Tapping's Sanctuary , and take his show to the Sci Fi Channel. It's the new nerd dream. [Lake County Journals ]