“Destroying LA for “2012”” by Zafar, Stephens, Larsson, Sakaguchi, Clive, et al. …

  • ©Nafees Bin Zafar, David Stephens, Marten Larsson, Ryo Sakaguchi, Michael Clive, Ramprasad Sampath, Ken Museth, Dennis Blakey, Brian Gazdik, and Robby Thomas


    For the movie “2012”, Digital Domain was tasked with destroying its home city of Los Angeles… digitally. The destruction effects would be seen up close, and there had to be a lot of it. The solution involved turning to geometric fracturing tools, and rigid body dynamics (RBD) simulations. However, this sequence was going to require two orders of magnitude more detail than we had accomplished before.

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