you will survive doomsday

documentary

 

Project Overview

Thirty-five years ago, Bruce Beach started construction on the 'Ark Two'—an underground nuclear fallout shelter that he designed and built himself. The structure is made up of forty-two school buses that were linked together and buried under twelve feet of concrete and earth. Over the years, the project has attracted the attention of people across the world and has been met with differing opinions—from other 'preppers' who celebrate it, to folks who think the whole idea is crazy.

Director’s note

Bruce and the Ark Two shelter have been well documented over the years, making appearances on shows such as National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers, and Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!, as well as many other news and media websites. As I researched his story, I noticed a common theme among all of the media coverage—they tended to focus purely on his unconventional beliefs and often exaggerated his personality and lifestyle.

Knowing the importance of this project and the energy that Bruce put into it, I was more interested in exploring the why behind his actions. Over the process of creating this film, the person who I got to know is someone who is kind, caring, and driven. Bruce is strong in his beliefs, but by no means imposing or closed-minded. He’s simply true to himself and I hope his story encourages us all to be as well.

Crew Details

Production Company: Outpost Visuals
Director/Cinematographer: Kyle McDougall
AC/Grip: Brad Brown
Editor: Kyle McDougall
Re-recording Mixer: Justin Aucoin—Craft Cave Sound