Life After People

Synopsis: Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that have vanished from view in only a few decades, then head beneath the streets of New York to see how subway tunnels may become watery canals. A visual journey, LIFE AFTER PEOPLE is a thought provoking adventure that combines movie-quality visual effects with insights from experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology, and archeology to demonstrate how the very landscape of our planet will change in our absence.
Director(s): David de Vries
Production: History Channel
  Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination.
108 min

And in the case

Of the big cities,

For transportation as well.

There are many of those

Sit below the level

Of the water table,

And in order to keep them dry,

We have to have

A system of pumps

That is switched on

When necessary

To drain the tunnels.

deep within new York

City subways,

More than 700 pumps

Constantly struggle to keep out

A flood of ground water,

An average of 13 million gallons

A day.

now, if all these people

Were not around,

There will be nobody

To switch the pumps on.

It's estimated,

That the tunnels will fill

With water in about 36 hours.


back above ground,

Food is rotting

On supermarket shelves.

Home refrigerators

Become nothing more

Than cabinets for decaying food,

But melt water

From defrosting freezers

May provide a temporary lifeline

For some of the creatures

We've left behind.

What will be the fate?

Of our family pets

Once there are no humans left

To care for them?

right from the get-go,

There's going to be a massive

Die off of dogs.

The instance that humans

Are gone,

They're not creating the debris

Or producing the food

That the dogs are living on.

He can't open cans,

He can't get

In the refrigerator.

They got to get

Out of the house.

The family dog

Has got to get out of the house

Or he's going to die there.

And once he gets out,

He's got to go

To some source of food.

The first thing that happens

Is that they all jump out

Of the windows

And they are now out there

In a new landscape.

And the first to whack at it

It is that they go back

To scavenging a whole bunch

Of dead things out there

In the world.

there are estimated to be

Four hundred million dogs

In the world

And 300 different breeds.

But very few of them are suited

To surviving in a life

After humans.

The smallest dogs

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David de Vries

David (Dave) de Vries (born 1961) is an Australian film writer, director and producer and a comic book artist and writer. David de Vries was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1961, growing up in the inner suburb of Ngaio, before emigrating to Melbourne at an early age with his parents, where he lived until he was eighteen. After studying painting at RMIT he started his comic book career in the early 1980s with work for OzComics, Phantastique, MAD Magazine and Penthouse. Together with Gary Chaloner, Glenn Lumsden and Tad Pietrzykowski he established Cyclone Comics in 1985, to ensure that their characters could be published while remaining under their Vries and Lumsden entered the American market through First Comics, Nicotat and Malibu Graphics with The Southern Squadron, a superhero team that had taken over the Cyclone title. Together they have drawn a new look version of The Phantom for Marvel Comics, have worked on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Star Trek comics for DC Comics, The Eternal Warrior Yearbook for Valiant Comics, The Puppet Master for Eternity Comics and Planet of the Apes and Flesh Gordon for Malibu Comics. de Vries also worked on a number of projects as a writer, including The Thing From Another World for First Comics, Black Lightning and a Green Lantern annual for DC, as well as recreating the origin of Captain Boomerang with John Ostrander in an episode of the Suicide Squad. de Vries currently lives in South Australia where he founded the Barossa Studios with Lumsden, David Heinrich, Rod Tokely and David G. Williams, doing artwork for magazines like Picture, People, Ralph, The Australian Financial Review and The Bulletin.In 2009 de Vries wrote and directed a feature film, Carmilla Hyde, which won 'Best Feature' at the South Australian Screen Awards in March 2010 after winning 'Best Guerilla Feature' and 'Best Supporting Actress' at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Carmilla Hyde has won nine awards, which also include 'Best International Feature' Swansea Bay Film Festival, 'Best International Feature' International Film Festival South Africa, 'Best Australian Feature' Sexy International Film Festival and 'Best Foreign Film' Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. de Vries has written a number of live action and animation scripts for such film and TV. He is course coordinator of the Advance Production Projects for the Third Year Film & Television students at UniSA, and the Festival Director for the Barossa Film Festival. more…

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