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Post Apocalyptic Research. Anna Medvedeva. Post Apocalyptic Genre. Usually in post apocalyptic genres it is about survival of people while a drastic change (mostly a disaster) has occurred in the world The narrative of Post Apocalyptic films usually tells us about journeys to a safe place.

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post apocalyptic genre
Post Apocalyptic Genre
  • Usually in post apocalyptic genres it is about survival of people while a drastic change (mostly a disaster) has occurred in the world
  • The narrative of Post Apocalyptic films usually tells us about journeys to a safe place.
  • For example in “The Road” movie two people (father and his son) traveling to South where there is a possibility of other survivers.
settings
Settings

These are the possible disasters that people use in their post apocalyptic films.

  • War/Nuclear war (Mad Max)
  • Virus/Science experiments that went wrong and caused diseases (Resident Evil)
  • Global Warming (The Day After Tomorrow)
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Plot
  • Post Apocalyptic movies start either with voiceover that tells you what caused the disaster (Mad Max) or with something that started going wrong (The Day After Tomorrow).
  • For example, “The Road” movie starts with the main hero wakes up from his dream from the past and during the film he sees flashbacks that tell audience what happened with the world.
  • The moral in Post Apocalyptic movies usually tells us to stop doing something what might cause the end of the world.
9 rules for creating great post apocalyptic movies
9 Rules For Creating Great Post-Apocalyptic Movies
  • Keep it short but sweet (try to tell all important thing in a short time) some P.A. movies are too long and audience looses their interest in halfway through the movie, an example of which is the 2012 movie
  • Show characters banding together to survive (Mad Max 2)
  • Focus on worldbuilding (show your audience not just how people trying to survive but also what happened before “The Day After Tomorrow)
  • Don’t forget that P.A. movies, are, in part about hope for survival (audience like movies where someone or something survive after the world ends “Resident Evil”)
  • Never forget the MacGyvering (audience like when the main character “hero” creates something incredible out of nothing which helps him/her to survive)
  • Let the visuals tell the story (some audience prefer to not see to much dialogue in P.A. movies)
  • Don’t forget the cautionary message (show that something like in the movie might happen with our world if we don’t pay attention to some things “The Day After Tomorrow”)
  • Don’t forget the humour (even in a very hard and grim film audience would appreciate an on time sense of humor)
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks (make something unusual and new in your movie)
themes and style
Themes and Style
  • Post Apocalyptic movies are usually dark and gloomy which helps the audience to build up attention on some special things. There are not too many bright colours typically grey, black or brown like in movie “The Road” all that film is in grey and black colours.
characters
Characters
  • Hero who helps somebody or a group of people to survive “The Road, Mad Max 2”
  • Hero’s enemies (could be any types e.g. people, zombies, could be both etc.) “The Road, 28 Days Later”
  • Usually hero has protective skills and kills enemies to protect others
  • One or more people that help and accompany the hero (28 Days Later)
timeline for p a
Timeline For P.A.

These are top ten best post apocalyptic movies of all time

the day after tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow
  • The movie is about global warming that caused a new ice age on the Earth.
  • This movie starts with noticeable climate change in the north of the planet.
  • During the film, a group of people are trying to survive from tsunamis and cold.
  • The movie was released 28th of May 2004
  • The running time is 117 minutes
  • Promotion company is Dreamwatch
  • Total Gross- $ 186, 740, 799
settings location
Settings/Location
  • New York was the location where the main story had been represented
  • Some of the scenes were represented in Los Angeles, Tokyo and India (weather disasters, for instance tornadoes)
  • Library- safe place where people were waiting for the others to help them
  • Middle East- where people from America emigrated to because of the critical climate change
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Characters
  • One of the main characters Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) was represented at the beginning of the movie when he was working in the North region of the Earth (this scene clearly gives an idea to audience that Jack is a scientist)
  • Another character Sam that was Jack Hall’s son (Donnie Darko’s Jake Gyllenhaal) was shown while he was getting ready to go to New York for a study competition with his friends and a girl that he was in love with.
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Jack Hall(DennisQuaid)
  • His main intention in the movie was to get to New York where his son was waiting for him, so that together, they help the citizens to survive
  • At the beginning of the movie he was trying to warn the government about global warming that will happen if they don’t take any actions to stop it.
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Sam (Donnie Darko’s Jake Gyllenhaal)
  • His main mission in the movie is to save as many people as he can, when disaster occurred in New York he escaped with his friends to the main library in the city.
  • He had a chance to talk to his father (Jack Hall) who told him that he and the rest of the survivors should stay in the library until help arrives.
camera work
Camera Work
  • CU Shots-very common for this genre since they show characters emotions specially for intense moments
  • Establishing Shots-showed in details what is happening at exact moment of the movie (tornadoes, tsunamis)
  • Shot Reverse Shots- typical in this type of genres because there are usually lots of conversations between characters (help to see characters feelings and attitude)
editing
Editing
  • When the movie starts there are fade in and fade out effects
  • Conversation edits between Jack Hall and people that he was giving his speech to on the meeting
  • Disaster shots were created in CGI (New York in snow, Los Angeles in tornadoes etc)
the day after tomorrow and the road
The Day After Tomorrow and The Road
  • Both of these movies are Post Apocalyptic genres where the only difference between them is that “The Road” shows the time after the global disaster and in “The Day After Tomorrow” they show what’s happening during the global warming for instance what caused the disaster.
  • During “The Road” movie we find out that some problems that people have is due to the weather conditions (earthquakes or storms) which is the same as in “The Day After Tomorrow”
  • The end of these movies are quite similar, the boy from “The Road” finds other survivors and people from “The Day After Tomorrow” finally get help from government
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The Day After Tomorrow and The Road
  • Producers use similar camera techniques to film these movies (lots of close ups and establish shots)
  • Some of the shots were created in CGI program (forest in flames in “The Road” and tsunamis in “The Day After Tomorrow”
references
References
  • http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=the+Road&hl=en&prmd=imvnsb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kiPqT5LJGoGg0QXqm6Fc&ved=0CEQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1061&bih=583
  • http://io9.com/5354093/shane-ackers-9-rules-for-creating-great-post+apocalyptic-movies
  • http://www.filmeducation.org/teachingtrailers/secondary/what.html
  • http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/aadayaftertomorrowcast.htm
  • http://totalscifionline.com/dreamwatch-archive/3176-the-day-after-tomorrow