Roland Emmerich, director of 'White House Down' and 'Independence Day' (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By Roland Emmerich
When I had finished "Independence Day," I had the luck to be invited to the White House by President Clinton with Bill Pullman and the writer/producer Dean Devlin, before the movie came out. I didn't know what to expect and there was this little cocktail party followed by dinner with a couple of tables, not more than 25 people, staffers, friends of the Clintons, and their daughter. And then we went down into the screening room and watched the movie and, yes, it has a scene where the White House blows up.
It was the most surreal moment in my life. Only in America!
When we made "Independence Day," we used a model. That's changed now. Everything in "White House down" is CGI. Flames and smoke in particular can be created in the computer more convincingly. In the model years, the most fake thing was smoke and fire because they revealed theRead More »from First Person: Why I Blew Up the White House Again – By Roland Emmerich