The Silent City

Only take what you can carry
Only kill what you can eat
Don’t make bonds you can’t break
Don’t get caught outside after dark
Never ask why
Never look back

We happen upon an all-too-familiar post-apocalyptic world in which the above words have become the way of life and only means of survival for our main character. It’s a variation on an old theme, to be sure, but there is lots of value to be had in simply re-fashioning the wheel. And The Silent City is a case of brilliant re-fashioning, as the first episode draws us not only into the world, but into the life of an unnamed protagonist, whose only goal is… you guessed it – to stay alive.

I came across The Silent City whilst looking for a scene out of Sin City (don’t ask, I won’t tell) and the opening scene caught my eye. Next thing I knew I’d watched all five episodes, accomplished no work and still hadn’t found the Sin City scene. That’s how good this web show is.

I could go on about the show but I think the creator, Rubidium Wu’s website says it all much better:

Conceived during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, The Silent City grew from the eerie feeling of an evacuated and deserted New York, when ‘the city that never sleeps’ finally fell silent.

Raising an $11,000 budget through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, the creators were able to leverage the amazing abandoned locations that still exist, beyond all odds, in one of the most crowded places on the planet.

The city may be silent in the day time, but as with any good post-apocalyptic world… there are things that go bump in the night. You can watch The Silent City on Youtube on the link provided below, and I highly recommend that you do. Each episode is only about 5 minutes long so it won’t cost you too much time to watch the entire show.

Watch The Silent City here

The Silent City website

Rubidium Wu’s website

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