Tuesday, 10 July 2007

The Day the World Died

It might just be me and my grim outlook on life, but there's a fascination with bleak post-apocalyptic drama. Look at something like "Day of the Triffids", "Independence Day" or the "Terminator" trilogy as prime examples. It might be the end of the world as we know it; but as viewers we're loving every second of it.

Right now I'm working on a script for a potential television project, and yep, it's set in an almost apocalyptic environment. But there's a twist (which for the sake of leaving you guys and gals hanging, and not ruining my little baby script, I'm not going to tell you). And it all stems from my love of the post-apocalyptic.

The possibilities are almost endless for mighty fine human drama when there's no laws for the characters to abide by. Take the Mad Max trilogy which show a world in turmoil - and Mel Gibson's Max character slowly progresses from law enforcer to cold killer. It's enduring to watch; but at the same time so, so horrific. Because when mankind falls the demons inside us all rise up in celebration.

My script isn't exactly Mad Max, or Triffid material, but it still examples what happens after the rest of us fall. What if Britain wakes up one morning and most of the population is dead? How would that effect the survivors emotionally - when the challenge of rebuilding your lives isn't a possibility - because there's no civilastion to rebuild. Interesting stuff.

Yes sirree; the end of the world is quite a stunning place to be.
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