Ducked and Covered: A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse is an instructional public information film designed to assist the general population with surviving life in Australia after a nuclear war. Produced by the Australian Board of Civil Defense during the early 1980s, this previously unseen, dusty print was uncovered deep within a university film archive.
Broken into four chapters, the film guides wary survivors through the trials that will await them in the post apocalypse. From post-apocalyptic fashion and unique uses for surplus human skulls, to becoming a local warlord and avoiding radioactive mutants, there is something for all dwellers of the wastelands. With its dry methodical narration, brooding synthesizer, minimalist animation and erroneous guidance, Ducked and Covered is a dark humored parody/loving homage to the late cold war era, early 1980’s public information films, as well as a reminder… OF WHAT STILL COULD BE.
WINNER - Audience Award - Best Animated Film - MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Seattle, WA, USA 2010.
WINNER - Best Comedy - THE FREEKY CREEK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Chicago, IL, USA 2011.
WINNER - Grand Prize - Best Film - THE WASTELAND FILM FESTIVAL, California City, CA, USA 2012.
CINEQUEST 20 FILM FESTIVAL, San Jose, California, USA 2010.
THE WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Brooklyn, NY, USA 2010.
MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Seattle, WA, USA 2010.
DOOMSDAY FILM FESTIVAL & SYMPOSIUM, Brooklyn, NY, USA 2010.
NEWFILMMAKERS NY, FALL SERIES, New York City, NY, USA 2010.
THE SHORT FILM SUITCASE SHOWCASE, London, UK 2011.
THE FUTURE IS NOW, London, UK 2011.
FLATPACK FILM FESTIVAL, POST APOCALYPTIC WALK IN MOVIE, Birmingham, UK 2011.
STATE OF DESIGN FESTIVAL, Melbourne, Australia 2009.
Quiet Earth: quietearth.us/articles/2010/12/02/DUCKED-AND-COVERED-a-short-film-on-how-to-survive-in-a-PA-world
Public School: gotopublicschool.com/video/ducked-and-covered
The Daily What: thedailywh.at/post/2324304466/early-bird-special-so-youve-survived-the-nuclear
Under Consideration: underconsideration.com/quipsologies/archives/december_2010/niki_blaker_116.php
Laughing Squid: laughingsquid.com/ducked-and-covered-a-survival-guide-to-the-post-apocalypse/
Fullscreen Magazine: fullscreenmag.com/2010/12/ducked-and-covered-a-survival-guide-to-the-post-apocalypse/
The Curious Brain: thecuriousbrain.com/?p=14573
Open Culture: openculture.com/2011/02/survival_guide_to_the_post_apocalypse.html
Lost At E Minor: lostateminor.com/2011/07/05/survival-guide-to-the-post-apocalypse/
San Jose Blog:thesanjoseblog.com/2010/03/cinequest-comedy-short-films.html
Fanboy Planet: fanboyplanet.com/movies/cg-cinequest2010.php
Release Date: December 2, 2010.
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