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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 November 1955Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Nickname Das Spielbergle aus Sindelfingen

Mini Bio (1)

Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. In his youth, he pursued painting and sculpting. While enrolled in the director's program at film school in Munich, his student film Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984) went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (11)

Often features an object crashing into the camera (Independence Day (1996))
Often features an insert or close-up shot of a villain's eyes widening just before the villain dies (Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000)).
Several of his major films have featured a silhouetted couple kissing in front of a luminous background.
Often features the number "44" somewhere in his films in reference to his movie Moon 44 (1990).
Movies frequently feature a scene with rain
Large-scale disaster films (Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 2012 (2009)).
Often uses a shot of a teacup and saucer rattling wildly to demonstrate a strong vibration.
Often uses extreme telephoto lenses with very deep focus in his shots so that all elements are in sharp focus.
Often uses father / son themes in movies
Films often feature a destroyed New York City (Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), _Godzilla (1998)_).
Several characters in his films are seen using a spray bottle to water small plants

Trivia (17)

His movie Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984) has been the most high budgeted film-school examination film (DEM 1,000,000) in Germany (1984).
He lists The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Earthquake (1974) (disaster movies) as his favourites.
Brother of Ute Emmerich
Frequently casts members of a particular group of actors in minor roles in his movies. This group includes John Storey, David Pressman, Erick Avari, Leon Rippy, Christopher John Fields, Derek Webster, Jack Moore and Steve Giannelli, among others. All of these actors appeared in at least three films directed by Emmerich, including Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), and The Patriot (2000). All of these films were produced by Centropolis Entertainment, the company co-founded by Emmerich.
President of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005
Emmerich was interested into doing Transformers (2007), but Dreamworks wanted Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay over him.
Turned down the offer to direct Die Another Day (2002).
Was originally considered to direct Spider-Man (2002).
Attended the School of Television and Film in Munich from 1977 to 1981.
Along with other celebrities, he raised money for women's rights in the developing world.
Supported Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 electoral campaign.
Since directing The Day After Tomorrow (2004), he has tried to focus the public's attention on the issue of global warming.
Donated $150,000 to the Outfest's Legacy Project, which is dedicated to the gay and lesbian film preservation, the largest gift in the festival's history (2006).
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
His nickname of "Das Spielbergle aus Sindelfingen" (translated as "lil' Spielberg of Sindelfingen") sounds flattering, but it was actually bestowed upon him in the 1980s by the German media as an insult. Emmerich made his films in English and in the style of the latter part of the "New Hollywood" era. This did not sit well with German movie critics who still preferred the conventional styles that were influenced by the "French New Wave" and German Expressionism.
Credits Sylvester Stallone with giving him his big break. Stallone was impressed with Moon 44 (1990) and began recommending Emmerich to producers all around Hollywood.
Produced The Visitor (1997), Eight Legged Freaks (2002), and 2012 (2009), each of which features a major character who hosts his own radio show dealing with the paranormal and conspiracy theories. Each character also broadcasts from their camper.

Personal Quotes (4)

I'm making movies for the masses.
I came to film school in 1977 when directors like Fassbinder and Wenders were everybody's heroes. But it was also the time that Star Wars and Close Encounters came out, and these were the seminal movies for me. Everybody is always so careful about these things. I mean, I'm good friends with Wim Wenders, but it doesn't mean I have to like his movies. Some of them, I like. Most of them, I find boring. And I would tell him that to his face.
When you're not loved by the critics, it's very hard for anyone to say anything good about your movie. For me, it's more important that the audience enjoys it and embraces it, anyway. You get something that does well, but is criticized. So you say, 'OK, they just didn't get it. There's 1% or 2% who didn't like it. But there's 98% who did.
... all my movies are created because I'm fascinated by a subject. Sometimes I think there's just a certain obsession about it all - when you want to do something just for the sake of it. A lot of directors are like that. I'm just very fortunate that most of my movies get made.

Salary (2)

Independence Day (1996) $7,500,000
2012 (2009) $70,000,000

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