Conquer Walking Dead withdrawal with harrowing fan-made web series

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Jul 4, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

No doubt you've seen hundreds of crowd-funded projects come across your desktop, most of which seem eminently ignorable. And then there's something like The Silent City, which captures a dead New York—and some undead denizens—with a scale and scope to be reckoned with.

Conceived and directed by Rubidium Wu, The Silent City is a five-part web series (funded through Kickstarter) set to premiere on July 1. Here's the summary:

Welcome to New York City. Population: 01

When an unexplained event decimates the human race, the survivors fight for their lives in the ruins of a once mighty civilization.

A decade later, the dangers of the new world have taken their toll. Hopelessness and isolation have felled many of the original survivors, and now one man walks alone, determined to endure against all odds.

Sounds familiar, right? But given The Silent City's meager budget, it's rather amazing what Wu managed to capture:

If I have any critique of this Silent City trailer, it's that the action itself feels a little slow—a little too much like actors going through choreographed movies (and an editor not accustomed to adding urgency and pace) and less like people fighting for their lives.

Intrigued? Point your browser at the official website for the first episode in a couple of weeks.

(Via The Daily What)