Saturday, 29 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic High School Movie

Post Apocalyptic High School Movie. From Youtube:

Part 1 & 2 of 6 of a Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. Sort of a comedy homage to the Road Warrior, but my real inspiration was a low budget Road Warrior knock-off movie called "Metalstorm".

Part 3 of 6 of a Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. I used to read a filmmaking/ special effects magazine called "Cinemagic" and I learned how to do bleach lasers from that. The same as scratching on film but looks slightly better.

The end credits to the Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. If you watched the whole thing, I hope you enjoyed it. Every amateur moviemaker makes an endless chase movie, this was mine. I wanted to make a sequel where Doctor Death was entirely an animated stop-motion skeleton, but haven't got around to it yet.

Exit Mundi - A whole heap of Post Apocalptic Scenarios for your reading pleasure

Exit Mundi has some great reading on how the world ends. Here's a blurb from the site:

Isn't life a bitch? The world is going to end. You don't even have to be a religious fundamentalist to see that's true.

Some people collect postal stamps; Exit Mundi collects scenarios of what could go wrong with the world. Sure, our planet could get hit by an asteroid. But hey, that's nothing. Did you know we could all be munched away by hungry molecules? Or that our physicists could unintentionally wipe us all out while tinkering with particles? `Oops, sorry...'

Exit Mundi isn't in it for doom preaching, but strictly for fun. It's a fascinating thought: if that &*%#-comet didn't wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we wouldn't be here pondering about apocalypses and armageddons in the first place. The dinosaurs roamed our planet millions of years longer than we did. If it wasn't for the comet, they still would.

That's why this site is a tribute to floods, quantum explosions and awfully big chunks of space rock falling out of the sky. If there's a lesson to be learnt, it should be that within every end looms the dawn of a new beginning. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Post Nuke Comics

Just a quick post here. Not sure how I missed this, but check out this Post Apocalyptic Comics from Post Nuke. Its mainly sketched black and white. Click on the banner to go to the website:

Friday, 28 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic Sport: Jugger

Need a bit sporting activity for after the apocalypse? why not try Jugger - a sport that was invented for the Post Apocalyptic Rutger Hauer movie Blood of Heroes. From the wikipedia page:
What little entertainment is available in these times comes primarily from a brutal sport known only as The Game, and the merriment that follows after the day's play. It is played by bands of roving teams known collectively as juggers, who challenge local town teams. They pass for what might be considered professional athletes, as they make their living through the tribute paid by the people of the town, should they defeat the local team. Their trophy is the dog skull from the town. The Game involves two armed and armoured teams of five attempting to score by placing a decorated dog skull on the opposing team's goalpost. One unarmed player, "the Quick", runs with the skull, protected by the team's other members.
Need more guidance how to play Jugger? Wikipedia to rescue again. Apparently, its especially popular in Germany

From the movie:

Here's a quick video history

Post Apocalyptic Operating System - The Vault OS

The world has gone to shit. You need an OS that can hack it. Forget XP, Mac or your fancy Linux distros. You need Vault OS. To Summarise (from their own site)
The Vault Operating System is designed to be so cheap to implement that it can be put together mostly from junk that others have thrown away. Nobody should be prevented from building the Vault OS network by hardware costs. It is designed to use technology so ubiquitous and limited in scope that nearly any x86 third rate junk machine with the basic specs can be a client and any second rate x86 machine can be the server. It is designed to be so easy to install, maintain, modify and debug that almost anybody could do it.

The influence behind 12 Monkeys - La Jetée

12 Monkeys was one of my favourite science fiction/post apocalyptic movies. So what influence behind this movie by Terry Gilliam?

French short film, La jetée (The Jetty) by Chris Marker was made in 1962 and is a 28-minute black and white movie made from photos, it tells the story of a post apocalyptic time travel experiment.

If you 28 Minutes to spare, check it out here:

read more about in Wikipedia

Post Apocalyptic Book Review: Day of the Triffids

I recently picked up Day of the Triffids, an acclaimed Post Apocalyptic novel John Wyndham. I must admit, I thought it would be pretty cheesy after all the premise is about deadly plants take over the earth after the people become mysteriously blinded. Maybe this prejudice comes from tonnes of horrible Hollywood productions about zombified beings killing humans. However, I must say this book was a fantastic read.

To start, though these deadly plants, the triffids are major part of the story, the crux of the story is how human society starts from scratch. This brings up conflicts from many different factions, from religious people who morality has higher standards their practicality to feudal lords who try to force their will on survivors. The Triffids pop in out from the background to the forefront of the story while the author struggles to come to grips with how mankind can reestablish themselves after the apocalypse. He wonders how future generations, who have to labour strenuously to stay alive, will ever find the division of labour (eg scientists, researchers) to fight off the triffids.

Have a read for yourself.

A Post Apocalyptic Animation: Graveyard of the Fireflies

Ok everyone's heard of Mad Max, everyone's heard of Terminator. In fact, Hollywood is going apeshit over post apocalyptic movies now (Terminator 4, The Road, Book of Eli, 9). How about some more obscure Post Apocalyptic movies? While it may not be a pure Post Apocalyptic animation, It does have strong post apocalyptic elements. Instead of the entire world being destroyed, its just a city in Japan that has been fire bombed. Instead of the near future, it takes place during the final days of World War Two. From wikipedia:
Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓 Hotaru no Haka?) is a 1988 animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata .This is the first film produced by Shinchosha, who hired Studio Ghibli to do the animation production work. It is an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, intended as a personal apology to the author's own sister.

Some critics (most notably Roger Ebert) consider it to be one of the most powerful anti-war movies ever made. Animation historian Ernest Rister compares the film to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and says, "it is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen."
Here's a small clip, see more here.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Preparing for Feral dog attacks (for now and after the apocalypse)

A fellow apocalyptic blogger recently posted an interesting point about dangers of feral animals in a post apocalyptic world, particulary dogs:
It's going to be one of the biggest hazards and most people have never really thought about it much. They only think of dogs as man's best friend. The alternative doesn't really occur to them. Without socialization, people and dogs turn into ravenous beasts.
Read more here. The news, particulary here in New Zealand, is rife with stories of feral dogs (called pig dogs) that have mauled people recently. Over in the States, you can find heaps of stories about packs of feral canines. Heres a good article about what to when encountering feral dogs (or any threatening animals).

1. Stand your ground! It is important when encountering any wild animal, and this includes dogs that you never take a step back. Even one step backward will be perceived as submission, and may kick the dog's prey instinct to take over. Instead, you must stand tall, and hold your ground, but above all else, never, and I mean never turn and run. If you do, you can almost guarantee that the dog, or dogs will chase you down.
2. Exhibit calm dominance/confidence. This behavior will go a long way to showing that you are an alpha to be taken seriously. Most dogs will be unsure of how to proceed. Their instinct will be to see you as an equal and not prey. Body language is everything on this one. Stand tall, head erect, shoulders relaxed. Act as if the dog or dogs' presence is of no concern to you. This will help you to maintain your calm. It is alright to be nervous on the inside, you would not be human if you weren't, but under no circumstance can you allow the animals confronting you to see your nervousness.
3. Make yourself appear bigger. If you have hiking poles raise them into the air, it will make your body appear larger, but even if you do not, raise your arms up and out. Don't shake them about, but hold them in position. Size of prey is always a factor for any canine thinking about making an attack.
4. Begin yelling at the dog(s) in a firm, deep voice. Do not yell frantically, it will make you seem hysterical to the dog(s). Instead, yell as if you were reprimanding a family pet. Be firm, commanding, and try to use a deeper, gruffer voice. "Go on, get out of here! Bad dog! Go on!" Or you can use something similar, but the point is to display that you are in control. The dog will pick up on your posture and it may be enough to get it to leave.
5. Take a step forward, or continue to hold your ground. If there is more than one dog the above steps may not work, and even if there is only one they still may not work, which leaves you with a decision. You can take a confident step forward again repeating your command. As in my situation it was enough to get the dog to flee, but the move could be taken as a challenge, especially if there are multiple dogs. The choice will be up to you, but if you choose not to, then you must continue to hold your ground. Never turn your back, or sink your posture. You may be able to hold the animals at a standstill until they either leave, or more people show up to scare the animals away.

Time Capsules and the Apocalypse

I was recently thinking, what can we do now to prepare for apocalypse. Asides from reading survival manuals and storing up goods, why not do something that can benefit humanity - or at least your local community? While it doesn't have to be as grand as the Svalbard Seed Vault, creating well kept time capsules could be a way of assisting survivors of the apocalypse.

(the above photo is from a 1957 Plymouth Car from the (in)famous Tulsa city time capsule)

Here is great article post about the top 10 time capsules of all time, read the article for more details about each one:

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Ultimate Apocalypse Survival Guide

Came across an amazing survival for the Apocalypse here. It draws resouces from SAS Survival Manual, Australian Bushcraft, Australia Traditional Bushcraft and Basic Wilderness Survival Skills.

Here's a great quote from the Water Procurement section:

Despite what you may have seen in German pornography, it is never a good idea to drink urine. It contains harmful wastes and is about 2 percent salt.

Below Are some of the Chapters:
I've looked through it, its jam packed with good information, as you can tell by the chapters, its fairly thourough for the serious survivalist and doesn't have any of this yuppie zombie stuff the internets so full. This is the Real Deal!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic Caravans

Ah what the post Apocalyptic world be without some form of Motorhome or Caravan. Recently Bethesda Softworks (of the Fallout 3 game fame) gave away their Airstream to Charity and long with some other Post Apocalyptic goodies.

Here are some pics:

From the Game:

This the pic of the airstream from

Thats all fine and well, but what would a camper look like when its been abandoned for awhile? Check out these great pics from a small abandoned caravan in the UK:

A few years ago, in dense woodland a few miles from my home, I discovered a caravan. Encircled by trees and undergrowth, and over a mile from the nearest road, its presence was utterly incongruous, with few clues as to how or why it had come to rest at this point. For almost a year, I kept my distance, fearful it was inhabited by a hermit and that I would be chased away if I ventured too close. Eventually, I investigated further and discovered that it was empty; its furnishings intact, but no sign of human inhabitants. Sadly, the door was locked, and so I gave it little thought for several months. [link]

Or perhaps caravans will take a more montumental approach, as with the Airstream Ranch in Florida:

Just west of exit 10 on I-4 is a strange grouping of vacation trailers that look to be growing out of the ground. I believe it is only visible from the interstate, though. [Ken Storey, 01/15/2008]

Post Apocalyptic Diorama by Jason van Horne

Jason van Horne has some pretty interesting sculptures - they look like they have come straight out of Fallout 3. Very detail rich and desolate. Pictures were taken from here:

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Nuclear Art of Bikini Atoll

As a contination of the nuclear explosion theme, this if the art of Gunnery Sargeant Grant Powers - excerpt from site:
In contrast to all later atmospheric nuclear tests, a large media contingent was present for the two Crossroads detonations. They were allowed to cover the test atomic bomb explosions "with sufficient thoroughness to satisfy the public as to the fairness and general results of the experiment." Quartered aboard USS Appalachian (AGC-1), 131 newspaper, magazine, and radio correspondents from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, and Britain covered the detonations, turning these experiments into major media events. In addition, the three artists presented here also recorded the project: Gunnery Sergeant Grant Powers, USMC, was the official combat artist for the operation while Lieutenant Commander Arthur Beaumont, USNR, and Captain Charles Bittinger, USNR, were observers.

The Nuclear Slide Show

For those of you who believe in the Big Bang, eg, Nuclear Explosions, here is a slide show for you, via Chile4Chile

The Family that Nukes together, stays together.

WWJD? I think its self evident - art by Nick Ferrel - click here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic Fashion... Victims?

Ok I'll have to agree somewhat with the Guardian says about Post Apocalyptic clothes regarding movies - they are a bit on the barbaric side:
A movie apocalypse isn't a proper movie apocalypse if the survivors are sensibly dressed, perhaps in a cardigan and some nice slacks. In the new post-virus cannibal epic Doomsday, for example, the survivors wear lurid punk hairstyles, facial tattoos and enormous stompy boots. It's as if 80s pop loons Sigue Sigue Sputnik have become the dominant race on the planet. Why is it that our film-makers think it will be this way? After all, with 99 per cent of the population gone, there will be countless clothes shops left to loot; even all-out nuclear war can't get rid of them all. Still, it's clearly seen as more effective to put our hero in an appalling pair of leather trousers, and to give his main enemy a Mohawk, an inexplicable nose-ring and big stompy boots to clomp around in....
While there doesn't seem to be many sites dedicated to Post Apocalyptic Fashion, you can buy some wastelandish threads at the SludgeFaktory.

From their own site:
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