In this Discovery Channel series, we created a post-apocalyptic downtown Los Angeles as part of a filmed experiment for ten volunteers to try and survive for one month. They filtered water from the LA River, hunted and foraged for food, fortified their shelter, and found innovative ways of harnessing energy by constructing devices from unlikely objects.
As the experiment went on, we introduced external characters--some friendly, some foe--but it was always up to the Colonists to figure out. Pictured here is the Traders' Truck, driven by a heavily armed group of men with items to trade. As the Colonists were clearly outgunned, the Traders were able to drive a hard bargain. Designing the Traders' Truck and dressing it out was one of the most fun elements of the experiment.
Trailer for Season 1 of "The Colony" on Discovery Channel.
When we were conceptualizing what the Traders' Truck would look like, I produced this 3D sketch to help sell our idea. Modeled in SketchUp.
My idea of a truck-mounted gun helped evolve the Traders into heavily armed (as people driving around a post-apocalpytic wasteland with a truck full of goods would be), "morally gray" characters that would drive a hard bargain. Modeled in SketchUp.
The truck rolls into position. We built and aged the side rails, added a cow catcher, decked out all the goods (complete with live chickens in cages), and added a replica Browning "Ma Deuce" M2 .50 Caliber machine gun from ISS.