Life After People

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Life After People was a true labor of love for our Chief Sound Engineer, Corey Morgan, and it shows with his nomination for an Emmy Award. This program premiered as a two-hour special on January 21, 2008 on the History Channel.

Corey Morgan said, “There are so many audio layers to this project: it’s not just a film, it’s an experience. The wild presents many sounds to us. Wind, the rustle of grasses, the movement of animals – alone or in a pack. The yawn or growl of a tiger, the call of a bird. Now we see these creatures in an urban environment. Buildings crumble and animals overtake cities. Find out what a lion running on pavement sounds like.”


What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest? From the ruins of ancient civilizations to present day cities devastated by natural disasters, history gives us clues to these questions and many more in the visually stunning and thought-provoking special Life After People.

Abandoned skyscrapers would, after hundreds of years, become ‘vertical ecosystems’ complete with birds, rodents and even plant life. One small animal might be responsible for bringing down the Hoover Dam hydroelectric plant. Swelled rivers, crumbling bridges and buildings, grizzly bears in California and herds of buffalo returning to the Great Western Plains: In a world without humans, these would be the visual hallmarks. Our cars would shrivel to piles of dust, our house pets would be overtaken by flourishing wildlife and most of the records of our human storybooks, photos, records would fade quickly, leaving little evidence that we ever existed.

Using feature film quality visual and sound effects – and top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology and archeology – Life After People provides an amazing visual journey through the ultimately hypothetical.

Humans won’t be around forever, and now we can see in detail, for the very first time, the world that will be left behind in Life After People.

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