Year Zero
The grim scenario of the Future



 
Year Zero
The grim scenario of the Future


Following in the footsteps of Prologue Films and The Mill, PostPanic have created this year’s prestigious opening titles 'Year Zero' for OFFF Festival 2011 in Barcelona.

Written by Mischa Rozema and British graphic designer, Si Scott, the opening titles reflect their dark thoughts on a possible future.

Directed by Mischa and shot on location in Prague, the film guides the viewer through a grim scenario embedded with the names of artists appearing at this year’s OFFF festival.

The live action was brought back to Amsterdam for post, primarily carried out by PostPanic’s in-house team of artists but also with the additional help of freelancers and partner companies that we have enjoyed strong creative relationships with over the years.

It’s really fair to say that this was a labor of love by a passionate crew of people.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES (By Mischa Rozema)

This project started out as a collaboration between myself and Si Scott. Right from the start, we decided that it should be the darkest thing we could make. I think it just felt natural to the both of us; if we had to nail the future, it would not be a nice place.

This idea evolved into a clash of times. Inspired by an idea from the late Arthur C. Clarke. He wrote about different historical civilizations meeting in a single point in time.

So what happens when civilizations meet? The 'weaker' one gets eaten by the 'stronger'.

You only have to look at history to see the destructive power of civilizations.So the main underlying idea is: what would happen if the future lands on our doorstep today?

Let's take mankind, add perhaps 100 years and then let them show up on our doorstep today.

The future would pretty much devour the present. Probably in a matter of, let's say, 7 days… So that's what we're looking at.

But every ending also means a new beginning, hence Year Zero.

 
Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, cybernetic revolt, Technological Singularity, Dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, Ecological disaster, resource depletion or some other general disaster.

Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized).

Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in an agrarian, non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain.