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A Post-Apocalyptic Web Series set in the ruins of New York City and filmed in the real-life abandoned spaces of the 5 boroughs. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 9, 2012.

A Post-Apocalyptic Web Series set in the ruins of New York City and filmed in the real-life abandoned spaces of the 5 boroughs.

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--- FEB 05 UPDATE: -----

We're so grateful to all the people that have put their faith in us and we're looking forward to creating a world like no other. 

Please continue to pledge: we will guarantee every dollar will go towards making the series more amazing and exciting than ever.

The DVDs for Kickstarter backers will be individually numbered and will have a limited edition cover that reflects the fact that you guys believed in us when this was all just a dream. Thank you!


Welcome to New York City.
Population: 01

When an unexplained event decimates the human race, the survivors fight for their lives in the ruins of a once mighty civilization.

A decade later, the dangers of the new world have taken their toll. Hopelessness and isolation have felled many of the original survivors, and now one man walks alone, determined to endure against all odds.

Watch the Teaser ⇓

The Project

For me to expire in humanity's bosom was to be born and become infinite, but if anyone put forward the hypothesis that a cataclysm might some day destroy the planet,  I would be panic-stricken. - Jean Paul Satre

The End-Of-The-World is a scenario that has fascinated artists and storytellers as long as there has been a world to end. 

Because of the costs of filmmaking, this genre of cinema has long been the domain of the megaplex.

No longer. With advances in filmmaking, and your help, we believe the time has come for a independent, haunting, exciting post-apocalyptic series.

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.

The Interface

The most exciting factor about the web series medium is its ongoing interaction with its audience. You, the viewer, can effect the story as it progresses. We want to take this to the next level, and bring you into the process by showing not just how we make films but why we make them.

Along with the 5 episodes we will be releasing in April/May 2012, The Silent City will be uploading new tutorials and behind-the-scenes videos every week from Feb 2012 until the first season wraps. These will cover geeky things making ruins in Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects, as well transforming actors into the subterranean undead.

We hope these will help people that are starting out in the film industry, want to create something of their own, or are just curious about how things get done. Everyone who donates gets access to the tutorials, and can vote on topics for future ones.

The Network

Keep in touch and follow The Silent City as it becomes a reality


The Team

Rubidium Wu trained as a painter, but like many artists of his generation, became fascinated with emerging technologies and the new worlds they could create. Over the last 10 as a filmmaker, he produced the art documentary 'Portraits of Silence' as well as directed commercials for Nike, Playstation, and Nintendo.

Eric Stafford is an actor with a strong interest in history, technology, science and sci-fi. Incidentally, he is drawn to physical activities that would be advantageous in post-apocalyptic world, like rock climbing & Brazilian Jiu-Jiitsu.

Kettie Jean is an actress with a passion for politics, philosophy and lost civilizations.  Her experience as a traveller and hiker combined with her martial arts skills imakes her the perfect candidate for the last living woman.

Rob Rusli is a Chinese American composer, producer, sound designer, and rapper. He has composed symphonic works and concertos, as well as written musicals for the stage. He has written scores for multiple award winning films and balances the old school and the new school with his experimental rap group Blue Belt.


Post by Olli Hihnala - featured in rewards!

Sample tutorial - Destroy the Empire State

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The Fineprint

Where is the money going? 

Glad you asked. We have done a tutorial on budgeting a short film/web series. You can watch it here.

If you're outside the continental US, we reserve the right to ask for a little extra  for postage when delivering DVDs and posters.

The shoot day for the zombie horde rewards will be in the New York metropolitan area in Spring and subject to weather and location availability. It may happen on short notice. 



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    Everyone that gives anything gets access to the growing trove of The Silent City tutorials and how-tos. We show you how we made the series, with lessons including visual effects, cinematography, directing, production design and editing. The best news? There are some online right now...

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    Tutorials, advance previews of the webisodes, behind the scenes featurettes and a copy of the digital soundtrack 'Silent City Blues' by Rob Rusli

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    The Glorious Masses - A copy of the finished DVD, signed by the director and your name on the 'Wall of Heros' - a memorial that will appear in the credits of each episode.

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    Massive Upgrade - Same as 'The Glorious Masses' but Blu-Ray instead of DVD.

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    Deluxe Destruction - A DVD and limited edition The Silent City poster by Finnish concept artist Olli Hihnala.

    Also an invitation to our exclusive wrap party, somewhere in New York City mid-2012

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    19 backers Limited (31 left of 50)

    The Zombie Horde - You (yes, you) will have the opportunity to be one of the extras in the final episode of Series 1. You will need to be available to spend a day in the greater NYC area and run around in a costume that will probably be uncomfortable. Trust us, it will be awesome.

    +Signed DVD and poster

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    A personalized version of The Silent City opening credits with your name.

    + all of the above

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    The Glorious Undead - Same as above, but a featured role i.e. more time on camera and the possibility of being shot with a crossbow bolt (don't worry - it will be a visual effect)

    +Signed DVD and poster

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    The One - We will recreate your likeness and create a huge bronze statue of you (in CGI) that will feature in the background of the series. You can pick your epitaph. We suggest 'The Greatest'

    +Signed DVD, Signed Poster and Thank-you video from cast and crew.

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    The Grand Tour - A day trip around New York with the Director, visiting some of the coolest and creepiest abandoned spaces in NYC. Plus being a zombie, a signed DVD and signed poster.

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    El Producto - Be one of the team. The right to attend all the shoot days, come to the cast & crew screenings and be interviewed in the behind-the-scenes videos. And have a credit to show for it: Associate Producer.

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    The Nuclear Option - Go head: fund our project with a sweep of your almighty hand. We dare you. We double dare you.

    Also, an EP credit, everlasting thanks and the goodies above.

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