Dave Erickson

The opening nighttime scene captured brilliantly. Viewers are met first with an aerial view over L.A.'s tallest skyscraper, the U.S. Bank Tower. Gradually, the view levels out panoramic, still with no city lights -- an apocalypse.
"It's not real. It can't be real," says Alicia Clark while watching a horrifying scene from the previous night shot by Los Angeles news on a smart phone. "Watch, it's the new real," says her pal, as both girls watch between high school classes awestruck.