Director: Roland Emmerich
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Released: 13th November 2009
Dneg VFX Supervisor: Alex Wuttke
Dneg VFX Producers: Lorna Paterson
Dneg CG Supe: Gavin Graham
“Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash-hit..”
Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
Anybody who has seen the amazing trailers for 2012 will be queuing up to see the movie as soon as possible! Having worked with director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day) on 10,000 B.C., Double Negative were incredibly excited to be providing literally earth-shattering visual effects sequences, set in Yellowstone and St Peter’s Square and knew it would be a wild, roller-coaster ride!
Both sequences presented major challenges to the Dneg team, but the Yellowstone sequence was certainly the most difficult due to the sheer complexity and volume of effects work required. The team, led by Dneg’s VFX Supervisor, Alex Wuttke, were faced with several tasks throughout: these included a 12-mile wide Caldera eruption, a 20-mile wide pyroclastic ash-cloud advancing across the terrain, multiple house-sized lava bombs raining down, an escaping RV and several huge fault lines breaking up the ground.
Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Dneg Fact: Gav Graham CG Supe on 2012 and now our co-Head of 3D appears in the movie as the Pope.