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Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Marc Weigert, Volker Engel, Ollie Rankin, Jan Krupp, Alex Pejic, Christian Haas and Andrea Block; production manager Joseph Kasparian, visual effects producer Christal Wolgamott, and previsualization supervisor Roger Liu about destroying the home of the American president in White House Down...
Volker Engel and Marc Weigert“My business partner Marc Weigert and I were in talks to supervise the VFX for another movie in early 2012, when Roland Emmerich [Stargate] asked us to read the White House Down script,” recalls Volker Engel who co-owns the visual effects facility Uncharted Territory. “Shortly after that the other movie got postponed anyway and we immediately started prep on White House Down . We had to hurry up as Channing Tatum [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] had a tight schedule because of another movie he would shoot that same summer. We only had little over two months prep. Normally you want to have at least »
It’s open season on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ― yet again ― in Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” a slick, high-concept actioner that has the unusual distinction of arriving several months after its bargain-basement knockoff, Antoine Fuqua’s “Olympus Has Fallen.” Itself owing much to such lone-man-of-action hallmarks as “Die Hard” and “Speed,” this welcome throwback to an earlier, more generously entertaining era of summer blockbusters delivers a wide array of close-quarters combat and large-scale destruction, all grounded in an immensely appealing star turn by Channing Tatum and ace support from imperiled Potus Jamie Foxx. Though unlikely to rival career-best Emmerich grossers “Independence Day” and “2012” in the outer reaches of the box office stratosphere, pic should net a tidy profit for Sony, helping to salve the still-fresh wounds of “After Earth.”
Setting aside the question of whether the world really needed a second White House takeover movie, in terms of sheer craftsmanship and professionalism, »
- Scott Foundas
In Columbia Pictures’ White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
Columbia Pictures’ White House Down is the new action film from director Roland Emmerich, whose films, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, have taken in more than $3 billion worldwide.
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- Movie Geeks
Production design is a crucial, but often overlooked aspect of filmmaking. It's the production designer's job to take what's written on the page and bring the setting to life, often trying to make miracles happen in a very short amount of time. Production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli had to be a miracle man on the set of White House Down. Originally scheduled for a 15-week preparation period, the schedule got cut in half and then he found out that Jamie Foxx had to shoot all his scenes at the beginning of the shoot, which meant all of those scenes need finished sets. For a big budget Roland Emmerich movie that features the White House, it was a major undertaking. During a group interview on the Montreal set, Petruccelli talked about the challenging pre-production schedule, the locations, creating sets when reference material is scarce, creating "The Beast" (i.e. the President's car), and so much more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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