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The Land of the… Survivors?

The Land of the… Survivors?

I created an accurate as fictionally possible depiction of “The Land” in California by Edan Lepucki. Of course, as the title explains, these characters are in California, however, they travel to a community/part of land that is called “The Land.” When you think of the word landone may think about a plot of land where you can build a house, a large open field with nothing else around it, or something completely different! Let your imagination run wild! I sure did in order to complete this assignment!

I give you… The Land by Elizabeth Finto!

So it maybe looks a little chaotic, but isn’t that how the apocalypse is? Chaotic? Just a bit. Much like this semester…

How did I create this image? Well, I’ll tell you!

I went to unsplash.com and typed in the word “landscape.” I was given hundreds of different landscape images. Out of the hundreds of pictures, I chose four specific pictures that I think would work well together while also illustrating The Land as I pictured it in my mind.

The four images I used above:

After downloading each stock image, I used Canva to merge all of the photos together. I placed the very bottom image as the base, and then added the next three on top of it while adjusting the transparency of each photo until I got a result that I liked and felt was the most realistic! There is a stream, mountains, flowers, and greenery for miles. I had a lot fun with this! What do you think? Let me know!

Reflecting Upon Movies Portraying the End of the World

Reflecting Upon Movies Portraying the End of the World

Source: Michelle Buchman on Nerdist.com
Source: TheFunambulist.net

The first film I watched this week was a short film, La Jetée, in which a man is taken through a journey of his memories from the past and present, and is then taken to the future all while being a part of something that seems to be some type of psychological test. The main character is one of a few survivors trying to stay alive, literally, under Paris after a nuclear destruction. Instead of being a movie that you expect in which it’s 24-frames-per-second is watched as a constant video stream, this film is made up of multiple still images, almost as if you are reading a picture book with a narrator telling you everything that has happened and is happening.

La Jetée was very interesting. I had never watched a film like this before. Honestly, I kept getting confused as to if I was in the unnamed man’s dreams or if I was watching what happened to him after he escaped this experiment chamber. However, I did find it interesting that when the man was dreaming, he would see everything and move clearly. Then, he would suddenly vanish. In a matter of seconds, he would return to his dream world where the same woman, who seemed to be his love interest, would be sitting there waiting for him to return. You know how when you are having a really good dream, but you wake up too early and don’t get to know what happened? I hate that. I always wish I could go back and finish the dream. The man didn’t always reappear in the same location, but he always saw and spent time with the woman who was there.

Source: The Road (2009)

The second film I watched this week was The Road (2009) directed by John Hillcoat. I watched the trailer for this movie and was not so sure about it from the looks of it. It looked like it was going to be severely graphic and violent. However, I was very surprised. There was violence and it was somewhat graphic, but it was so much more enticing than I expected. Just when I thought all of their problems were solved, or that they were finally safe, I was thrown a curve-ball.

In this film, a father and son, who are never named, must survive through the post-apocalyptic world they have been thrown into. This GIF above illustrates how there is literally nothing left in their world. Shortly after this shot in the movie ends, the man/father looks at the fire and says “It’s like it used to be when the sun came out.” Another quote that becomes a theme in this movie is when the man/father says to the boy “You have to keep carrying the fire.” The boy then asks, “What fire?” The man responds, “The fire inside you.” This quote is something that really struck me in a way as expressing that no matter how bad life gets, even if you have nothing, keep that light inside of you going, no matter what.

Also in this film, the man’s wife, and son’s mother, left them and died somewhere unknown. It is only the two of them left to survive. They encounter cannibals who they must protect themselves from. They also face starvation, until they happen upon a bunker stocked with enough food to feed an army. However, there troubles do not end there. They are robbed, nearly killed, and learn to trust the last people alive on earth after the apocalypse. I won’t spoil anything because the story is constantly changing and surprising you around ever corner! If you are looking to watch this movie, I definitely recommend it. You can find it on Netflix!

Secret Messages in the Apocalypse

Secret Messages in the Apocalypse

In the apocalypse, we have to communicate in code. It’s too dangerous to say everything we need to over the phone or text or anything like that because the government can see it and it will not end well by any means. That’s why I want to share two messages I have created in order to communicate with my family and friends.

Can you see the message?

How about now?

It says “ybdjkf39” What does this mean exactly? Well, it means, “THE END IS HERE!”

Another message:

Can you see the message in this one?

How about now?

It says “plom56” What does this one mean, you ask? It means “SAVE YOURSELVES!”

I continue to communicate in these letters and symbols. It’s currently the only safe way to communicate when you’re not talking to someone face-to-face. If you are currently surviving through the apocalypse, I strongly recommend this safe form of communication.


For this visual assignment, I was tasked with figuring out a way to communicate with typography, which is basically a code of numbers, letters, and symbols that can decode a message. I chose to take pictures that I think represented the apocalypse in some way or another, and put them into a typography tool that I found that took the image and covered it with these numbers, symbols, and letters. These are the original images from above:

I then decided to combine random letters and numbers together. I then made up messages that looked like warnings that I could send out to my family and friends as if it was a futuristic, much more complicated text message.

Before and After the Apocalypse

Before and After the Apocalypse

So… I made it!

I’m so glad to be alive. I can’t unsee the things I’ve seen. I’ll never forget the people I’ve met. It’s not over yet, though!

I haven’t run out of supplies yet, so here’s hoping I make it all the way through. Wherever and whenever the end really is!


For this assignment, I had to create a side-by-side comparison of a person, place, or thing before and after the apocalypse. I chose to use two pictures of me. I used a picture of me from a few weeks ago when my best friend did my make-up, and I felt beautiful! The picture on the right is me today. I am running on a lack of sleep, so that is one reason I look the way I do. I also wanted to make a facial expression that made me look tired, exhausted, and lost. I feel as though if the apocalypse were to come, this is what I would look like, at least after a couple of days. Whenever I look like this (no make-up, barely awake, etc.), I’ll call it my “apocalypse” look! Haha! However, my room is not green-ish colored, so I decided to add a filter to the picture to make it look like I’m in a dreary, dark world.