Rob Underhill “The Carrington Event”
Host: Tara “Common Sense Prepping”
Award winning director Rob Underhill is the next featured guest on the American Prepper Broadcasting’s Common Sense Prepping radio show. Underhill’s The Carrington Event is a six-season television series which depicts the aftermath of a massive Earth-directed solar flare in America. The captivating and award-winning series is a play on words. Those who have researched and are concerned about solar flares are already familiar with the Carrington Event of 1859 – the largest recorded CME to ever impact the planet.
The series begins after an Earth-directed solar flare takes down the power grid. The series focuses on how the Carrington family and their community is forced to quickly deal with the shock of the downed power grid. Although there won’t be any zombies roaming the Earth after a massive solar flare, the characters are still forced to hone skills quickly in order to survive.
When Common Sense Prepping asked director Rob Underhill how the idea for The Carrington Event series materialized, he had this to say:
“Larry Gardner, longtime friend, collaborator, and editor on many of my film projects, was originally intrigued about the historic event that took place in 1859, called The Carrington Event, when he ran across a NASA report from 2005. The report sought to determine what effects a solar storm of the same magnitude would have today on the nation’s power grid and communications apparatus. The prognosis was very bleak.
Such a powerful electrical current would be generated that transformers, the heart of the electric grid, would literally have inside components melted, rendering them irreparable. The US only has enough replacements for two or three percent of the nation’s transformers. Transformers require 2 to 3 years to build. Doing the math, that’s years in the dark. Larry and I sketched how the world would descend into chaos once electricity was removed from the equation.
I ran with Larry’s concept and initial feature film draft, working it into a pilot episode for a proposed 13 one-hour episodes—currently written and being marketed to networks and investors. Larry and I wrote the featurette that will have its world premiere Saturday, May 11 at 6:30pm at the 13th Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. The 13 part first season was written in large part by my longtime writer friend Allen Gies from Michigan. I’ve played a supporting and editorial role in that process.”
The Carrington Event Synopsis
Joseph Carrington runs an organic mini-farm on the outskirts of a large, southern town. His rustic lifestyle means he is a bit removed from his family. Carrington’s wife has spent the last 10 years pursuing a pediatrics career. His teen daughter’s goal at the moment is to ditch life in the small town for a big city existence. Joseph Carrington’s 10-year-old son is a typical modern child who would likely go into withdrawal without video games, television, and the internet.
The solar flare (CME) happens and power on the Carrington family farm is soon non-existent. The group learns soon after that the entire area is in the midst of a blackout. The family quickly realizes that they have no way to know what is going on in the outside world. Little do they know, folks around the globe are experiencing the same obstacles and mounting civil unrest. The Carrington family must look past their individual differences and work together in order to survive in the dark new world.
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