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Small Scale Research Project:
Annotated catalogue
The Disaster Movie Formula
"Why do people watch the same thing?"
Films (DVD'S)
Item 1
2012 - (2009) director ­ Roland Emmerich
Columbia Pictures Industries
I chose this film as my focus film as it one of the most recent disaster movies. I also chose this based
on the fact that the director Roland Emmerich is well known for his disaster films such as
Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. This is his latest disaster movie and may be the last.
This film was very useful as it was a typical disaster movie; it had every single disaster that could
possible happen rolled into one. It gave me some ideas into why people would want to watch this
type of genre.
Item 2
Dante's Peak - (1997) director ­ Roger Donaldson
Universal City Studios
I chose this as my second film, because it was a disaster movie made in the 90's, therefore as a
`middle movie' between 2012 and The Towering Inferno. I wanted to see if this could answer my
research question also to see the similarities in the narrative were displayed in my other two films.
Item 3
The Towering Inferno - (1974) director ­ John Guillerman and Irwin Allen
20th Century Fox Film Corporation and Warner Bros
This was my final film; it was chosen on the basis that it was one of the earliest disaster movies to be
made. I wanted to see why it was so appealing to audience when it came out and still is today. It is in
the top 10 disaster movie ranking (see item 10). It was the highest grossing film out of the other 2
films I chose. It was a typical disaster movie, and was very similar to the films I chose to watch. I found
elements from this film that was incorporated in 2012 film.
Magazines/ Newspapers
Item 4
Empire Magazine: `2012- Roland Emmerich tries a small personal one...'
Jan 2010: Issue 247: page 52
This article is from around the time 2012 came out in cinemas it gives the plot of the film away, but
there really is no need as the research I have done on disaster films all show the same kind of format.
I touch's a bit on how Emmerich has copied bits from other disaster films such as The Wave, The
Towering Inferno and combined them into this film. This source was quite useful, I will be using bits of
it in my presentation for example it describes 2012 as "the other disaster from other disaster movies
happening in one long film."
Item 5
Empire Magazine: `The Day After The Day After Tomorrow'
Oct 2009: Issue 244: page 110-114
This resource was one of the most useful resources I have found, in this article Emmerich talks about
the fact that he wants this movie to "be the mother if all disaster movies." He talks about the fact

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This article tell us about why he makes disaster movies and
also how he wants this movie to be the final disaster movie, this movie was made in 2009 so far no
other disaster movie has been made.…read more

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This was another one of the most useful resources I have found. It talks about and shows us the
evolution of disaster film genre and how different studios compete with each other to make the best
disaster movies. This video summarises some of the main points on why people like watching
disaster movies and will look good at the beginning or end or presentation to summarise what my
research question is about and what I want to find out.…read more

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Item 14:
Studying Disaster Movies ­ John Sanders (auteur) (2009)
This book provided me with information about early disaster movies, information about different
disaster movies, plots and the actors that starred in the films. This would be useful for my
presentation as it talks about one of the films that I have studied in depth.
Item 15:
An Introduction to film studies (put reference in)
I am using this book as it talks a bit about the disaster movie genre.…read more

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Item 20
`Verisimilitude and Classic Hollywood in the Disaster Movie Genre'
This blog was very useful it talks about codes and conventions in disaster movies and how the movies
deliver realism and why this makes people want to watch them. It talks about the main key features
on why people watch disaster films. This blog is dedicated to disaster movies and I will be using it in
my presentation.…read more

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DVD Extras
Item 25
The Towering Inferno- `behind the scenes'
This extra was not very useful although it provided me with information about the movie and how
they made it, the extras provided would have been good if I wanted to find out how the movie was
made, but I wanted to find out more about the genre.…read more


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