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2012 VFX: Vegas in Ruins & L.A. Earthquake

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ —

Disaster movies never left. Let’s think about it. From natural disasters to man-made disasters, they have been around in some way, shape, or form since as early as the 1920s. Either as a TV movie or in movie theaters, they have been attempting to capture these catastrophical incidents on film.

In this case, the clips below are from the upcoming disaster movie “2012.” Directed by Roland Emmerich, who is by no means a stranger to disaster movies (i.e. “Independence Day,””Godzilla” and “The Day After Tomorrow”), it seems the bar has been raised pretty high in this outing.

As you will see in the clips below, it is explained how they went to great lengths to visually detail the destruction and crumbling of two of our most beloved cities in America. Yet it does not end here. This movie is about global destruction. The cast of the movie — which includes John Cusak, Amanda Peet and Woody Harrelson — seems well rounded.

There are those who are, and will be, attentively awaiting the Mayan 2012 prophecy to fullfill itself, so it is not beneath Hollywood to exploit this fear and turn it into a rollercoaster ride type movie. Coming in to aid this Columbia Pictures extravaganza is today’s advanced 3D Digital technology and special effects.

In the featurettes, it is explained that it would be impossible to make a movie like this without the 3D graphics available today, and they even go as far as revealing that most of the destruction that we will witness is computer generated.

How do you destroy Las Vegas or L.A.? You do it virtually! To quote Roland Emerich himself, commenting on the digital technology used for the movie, “It gives you like a new freedom, and I used it to the max.” It appears that this may be the disaster movie to top all disaster movies.

“2012” will crash theaters on Nov. 12, 2009.

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6 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. bigge3021 #
    1

    I love the 2012 trailer when I first saw it. There are some Roland Emmerich’s movies that were hits like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow but some misses like Godzilla. I hope Emmerich delivers with 2012.

  2. Apple El #
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    WHOA! Now THAT is a disaster movie! It looks action packed, this is something I would go and see, even though the thought of such disasters would be awful, I’m compelled to want to see what happens.
    Hope Western Australia is safe!
    Thanks, Josue!

  3. mediumtuna #
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    I’m looking forward to this one! I love disaster/end of the world movies.

  4. Elle #
    4

    I can’t wait for 2012 to hit the theatre!

  5. The Answer #
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    Very cool. Should be great!

  6. typertist #
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    Great! Can’t wait for 2012 to be out in the movies. The special effects will be awesome to watch. I know in film ‘Maya’ is used amongst a couple of other software programs. Love it!


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