Literal earth-shattering visual effects



Roland Emmerich


Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon, Larry J. Franco

Production Company

Centropolis Entertainment


Sony Pictures Releasing, Columbia Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Alex Wuttke

Dneg VFX Producer

Lorna Paterson

Release Date

13th November 2009

What really holds your attention is apocalypse itself. Yes, it’s the special effects of the film, more than the human drama, which completely sweep you off your feet.

– Times of India –

Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash-hit.The Hollywood Reporter

Earth-shattering VFX

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.





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