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Meaghan Dolan 12/17/2007 IES 402: Green Screen Final Project Film: The Day After Tomorrow Popcorn, the New Food for Thought? Summer Blockbuster Requests Active Brain Cells Summertime - for most people it’s a time to be carefree, to be blissful, to just enjoy the world around them. For some it’s a time where you can think less and experience more. When a movie is released over the summer, most people only expect to be entertained, it just fit’s the feel of the season - carefree, no thinking, no worrying, just enjoyment. However, recently there has been at least one film that might have required a bit more of its audience. The Day After Tomorrow dealt with global warming and the ramifications for doing nothing about it. Audience members might have found themselves questioning the theories, the possibilities, and the realities. Is this movie for real? Could there be another Ice Age if we don’t get to work soon? Is our government that negligent? Could a Hollywood movie really raise this many eyebrows? Could a Hollywood movie really engage its audience in conversation and action in lines with some current issue? A Hollywood movie definitely can, this specific movie definitely did. The producer, director, and co-writer of the film The Day After Tomorrow Roland Emmerich received inspiration for the plot from a book titled The Coming Global Superstorm. The book itself entertains the main theory behind Emmerich’s “superstorm” - if the Gulf Stream were in to some way shut down this would cause an immediate climate shift, and the main thesis behind the failing of the Gulf Stream rests in the melting of the polar ice caps which would greatly effect the salinity of the Northern Atlantic drift. This is the story that the film rests on. Emmerich commented that the book “read like science fiction” and although this may be true Emmerich noted that the
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Meaghan Dolan 12/17/2007 IES 402: Green Screen Final Project Film: The Day After Tomorrow issues were real. However in three separate interviews 1 this is all that Emmerich ever alluded to. Despite the films implicit commentary on the inactions of the American government in relation to the global warming threat, Emmerich only states a want to make the problem seem more real. Emmerich’s statement then seems to come with modesty. Instead of divulging into a long discussion of what needs to be more real he just leaves the issue for the audience to walk away with and discover for themselves. Is the government doing something? Will the government do something? Is this doomsday feasible? Is global warming that much of a threat? These questions and others are those that Emmerich wants us to consider because as he stated to National Geographic, “It is a movie that should not just entertain but also make people think. 2
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