‘2012’ and the making of the end of the world

Oct. 07, 2009 | 3:06 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD BACKLOT

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The end of the world begins on Nov. 13. That’s the release date of “2012,” the disaster film from director Roland Emmerich, the German filmmaker who apparently likes to pluck his movie titles from the calendar (“Independence Day,” “10,000 B.C.” and “The Day After Tomorrow“). Influenced by the disaster classics of the 1970s, Emmerich one again has a deep ensemble cast, with John Cusack, Danny Glover, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson, who might be putting together a nice career surge after the success of “Zombieland.” 

To get an early sense of “2012,” you can check out the film’s elaborate official website or the trailer below, but to get an idea of what it was like during the filming, check out David Strick’s Hollywood Backlot photo gallery from the “2012” set. Strick took the striking shot you see above and 31 others that give you an insider’s sense of the production. Regular readers of Hero Complex know I’m a big fan of Strick’s work, and for those of you who haven’t seen his website I can tell you it’s well worth an extended visit, especially if you haven’t seen his images from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon or the collection of “Zombieland” set images. As far as his access and the depth of his collected work, there’s really nothing quite like Strick’s photo archive anywhere else on the Internet.

And here’s that “2012” trailer.

– Geoff Boucher

Photo credit: David Strick, Hollywood Backlot

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15 Responses to ‘2012’ and the making of the end of the world

  1. blake says:

    i like eggsss and bacon(;

  2. Heidi says:

    Effective…in scaring the h*ll out of my young son and his friends. Anyone involved with this film has nothing to be proud of. They should also be held liable for damages when people act out of hysteria. Viral marketing at its worst!

  3. Mike says:

    Heidi – Tell your kids to stop being little pansies. Its just a movie and if you arent going to tell them that, i'll tell them its a preview for what's happening for real.

  4. Cal Godot says:

    Garbage. Has Roland Emmerich ever made a decent movie? His career is one steaming pile of celluloid dung after another. I'd rather experience 2.5 hours of temporary blindness than see anything made by that hack.

  5. Willchargehr says:

    It is just a movie, but also an almost certain reality. That is why we are so drawn to these stories, because of our awareness of the true danger our world is in. We should be scared- but into action not hysteria. Should we waste energy criticizing a successful filmaker or placing the blame where it belongs- on the bastards in power creating and profiting from the destruction of the planet. 2012? Who knows, but if we don't change as a human race, the world will. Maybe its supposed to be that way, although it feels weak to accept we are hopeless. It is true that the ants can overthrow the grasshoppers.

  6. Mark Poole says:

    I believe, 2012, is sign of a mass sub-conscious reflective behaviour, displaying a grand parallel of time and lands life and death. Just like a flock of birds in the evening sky, subconsciously reflecting their own collective thoughts and dreams. Therefore, I think, beautiful.

  7. Peter Yates says:

    Mike – Heidi's problem isn't unusual. There is plenty of evidence that lots of young people are becoming genuinely scared about what they have been told *will* happen in December 2012.
    Normally I would agree that a disaster movie is just a movie. This one is different – they have identified an actual date in the future when it *will* happen. Google: "2012 end of world" – you get 17,200,000 hits; search Amazon books for "2012 mayan" in the title – you get 339 hits. The majority of the websites and books will be adamant that there will be worldwide disaster, or even the end of the world, on December 21, 2012. However, ask them for evidence of it and they won't be able to supply it. They have 'blind faith' in theories that don't have a basis in fact.
    (For more info please google: "scientists 2012")

  8. Mark Poole says:

    I've a sore tooth, sorry about the last post it was early and I'm full of pain killers. I will try to make some sence this time, no pun intended. I believe 2012, is a sign of how human beings sub-consciously work together to create an impression of a race that is out of control and doomed to extintion.
    Why? I think we are a bit like an octopus on the sea bed that has just realised it might be visable to another species and is faying its state of health by simulating an unusual shape and color. Or, its just the drugs?

  9. Mark Poole says:

    Hurry! The tooth came out, I read the last blog and I can confirm it was definitely the drugs.
    I agree with ‘Willchargehr’ , ‘Peter Yates’ and ‘Heidi’, in the first case of espousing a belief in responsible socialist media. Yet, something tells me the disaster genre in general locates ‘the other’ with-in our society not out-side it. 2012 is perhaps a perfect example of media at its most responsible or at least transparent?

  10. pookie says:

    oooommmmggg cant waiit to see this…i cant belive waz going to happen man..

  11. pookie says:

    ooommmgg cant waiit to watch this movie man…

  12. lucarhoton says:

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  13. lucarhoton says:

    I’ll Give You The Real Deal Truth About 2012… And I’ll Even Show You How After All The Dust Settles, You Can Come Out On Top…”
    The truth about climate change, our galaxy and the lack of sun spots. Even NASA has confirmed solar maximum will peak in 2012. Is this coincidence?.
    The mystery of the mayans, ancient cultures… and how Scientist, Geologist and National Geographic Channel have been lying to you all along…
    Exactly where you DON’T want to be around this period in time. And where your head MUST BE in order to thrive once all is said and done…
    How a decree from the Pope himself may be the reason the truth is so hard to find. And you’ll know how to cut through the muck to separate fact from fiction…
    The way in which ancient and modern beliefs intersect on the topic of 2012. Yes… scientists and Shaman on the same side for a change…
    Whether the US will survive this calamity… and what you can “bank on” when the entire financial system collapses. Will cash be king?
    The very real impending threat of worldwide domination stemming from 2012. And how this takeover can be accomplished by you not knowing the truth…
    The down and dirty truth about how the calendar we have been using for centuries is so inaccurate we would have done better to just carve days into a tree trunk…
    How the Mayan Skywatchers worked backwards to discover the precise moment the planets would “reset.” Is this the big do-over the world needs?
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  14. Mark Poole says:

    I have to admit, in my opinion the scale of statement with-out established academic writing would drive (‘lynn Margulis’), into writing a paper to (‘James Lovelock’), on the possibilities of elemental bio-metal-transfiguration of planetary behaviors based on the magnetic hole of inconclusive statements in the (‘http://5e347d56irmijca4iz5-hwg1b7.hop.clickbank.n… URL. I ‘m deeply impressed. Had I worked my entire life on the Atomic Science involved on that surmised theory, I don’t think I would been able to calculate a single point of a percent in solving it. http://science.jpl.nasa.gov/Astrophysics/Atomic/i
    I'm sober again!

  15. Jones says:

    We need to get rid of opproximately 5.5 billion people on the planet.Hopefully this is it..

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