Day 23: Post-Apocalypse Picture Show

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January 23, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for the post-apocalypse genre.  Yes, zombie flicks tend to be somewhat formulaic, but somehow I remain transfixed by the stories of humanity’s struggle to cope with disaster and tragedy, and to adopt a more primal way of life.  Good post-apocalypse films, like any other sort of films really, ought to make you think a bit – take stock of the things you take for granted that might not be so abundant when the excrement hits the oscillation.

Today’s project is a webseries that upholds this noble genre in a gritty, on-location story of a man making his way through post-apocalypse NYC: The Silent City

By shooting in the real-life abandoned, disused spaces of New York, we aim to bring realism and production value and make the story come alive.
We want to show that smart, meaningful, soulful films don’t have to be boring, and that zombie films don’t have to be brainless.

Using genuinely bombed-out and abandoned settings brings an element of realness that is otherwise hard (or at least expensive) to achieve with this sort of production.  Commendable, really, that they’re doing it on what Hollywood would consider a shoe-string budget.

As an added bonus, the filmmakers are sharing their wisdom – sharing their cinematic secrets with any and all backers who might be interested in how the production came together.  Inspiring, perhaps, for the next generation of filmmakers.  Nice.

The Silent City has 17 days to go (Feb. 9), and a few thousand dollars before the goal is met, so you’ve got that long at least to stock up on bottled water and toilet paper.


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