For the $ 200 million disaster epic “2012” Engel and Weigert signed on as co-producers and visual effects supervisors, overseeing more than 400 shots at Uncharted Territory and 900 more shots from other vendors.
Uncharted Territory relocated to the Sony Studios lot, one floor above Director Roland Emmerich’s cutting room, and retooled with state of the art but relatively lightweight visual effects technology. “At the end of the project,” said Engel, “we planned to sell everything. We knew we would have anywhere from three months to a year before our next production. By that time, all the computer hardware would be outdated. We didn’t want to deal with that. So we pooled our artists, retained only our project management software that we’d developed over years. Everything else, we started from scratch.”
Vendors chosen by Engel and Weigert included Digital Domain, Double Negative, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Scanline VFX, while Hydraulx Visual Effects and Pixomodo provided effects for additional sequences. Nine other visual effects boutiques and single-artist companies provided digital matte paintings, animation, composites, rig removals and motion graphics. As part of Uncharted Territory’s team, two compositors, Rony Soussan and Ryan Smolarek, handled more than 220 shots as an in-house ‘Rebel Unit,’ tackling work guerilla style. “We knew we had to have a system that worked outside our own pipeline for when we needed something fast,” commented Volker Engel. “
Centuries ago, the Mayans left us their calendar, with a clear end date and all that it implies. Since then, astrologists have discovered it, numerologists have found patterns that predict it, geologists say the earth is overdue for it, and even government scientists cannot deny the cataclysm of epic proportions that awaits the earth in 2012. A prophecy that began with the Mayans has now been well chronicled, discussed, taken apart and examined. By 2012, we’ll know – we were warned.
Columbia Pictures presents a Centropolis production, a Roland Emmerich film, 2012. The film stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, with Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Produced by Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon, and Larry Franco. Written by Harald Kloser & Roland Emmerich. Executive producers are Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, and Michael Wimer. Director of Photography is Dean Semler ACS ASC. Production Designer is Barry Chusid. Edited by David Brenner, A.C.E. and Peter S. Elliot. Costume Designer is Shay Cunliffe. Co-Producers are Volker Engel and Marc Weigert. Music by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wander.
Produced by Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon and Larry Franco
Co-producers: Volker Engel, Marc Weigert and Aaron Boyd