The Sound of 2012

What does the end of the world sound like? Sound re-recording mixers Michael Keller and Jeff Haboush talk about the extensive sound work completed for Director Roland Emmerich's blockbuster disaster film.

See how the sound team approached the sound design and mix for such scenes as the destruction of Los Angeles, the eruption of Yellowstone national park, and watch the Vatican crumble into oblivion. (Seatbelt not included)


Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is a divorced father who occasionally works as a limousine driver and a writer, while his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) and children live together with her new boyfriend. In Guatemala there is word that hundreds of people have committed suicide believing the 2012 Hypothesis is true and in reaction to this, the IHC (Institute for Human Continuity), a secret organization that realizes the world is going to end and starts construction of massive space arks beneath the Himalayan mountains in preparation for theend of the world, is formed. The governments of the world give the IHC the task to save the human race when doomsday happens. When they discover that a global cataclysm caused by the Earth crust displacement will occur faster than expected, they must race to these ships in order to save the human race before all is lost. The life and state of California is completely wiped out when the tectonic plates collapse and fall into the rising seas, Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, massive earthquakes occur in South America and The Vatican crumbles into oblivion. As worldwidefloodings get worse, the US government declares the end of the world. A group of survivors, including Jackson Curtis and his family fight their way to China before they can board the great arks and save themselves from the gigantic tidal waves sweeping across the Earth. The film explores the idea of a global doomsday event coinciding with the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar's current cycle on or around December 21, 2012 (the northern hemisphere's winter solstice).

Sound Credits

Lothar Bellutta Sound Effects Designer
Thom Brennan Foley Editor
Michael J. Broomberg Foley Artist
Graham Crowell Boom Operator: Second Unit
Matt Dawson Adr Mixer
Mark DeSimone Adr Mixer: New York
Susan Dudeck Adr Editor
Lee Gilmore Sound Effects Editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound Re Recording Mixer
Greg Hannas Boom Operator: Second Unit
Matthew P. Hanson Assistant Sound Editor
Jamie Hardt Sound Effects Editor
Gary A. Hecker Foley Artist
Michael Hertlein Dialogue Editor
Ryan Juggler First Assistant Sound Editor
Michael Keller Sound Re Recording Mixer
Larry Kemp Dialogue Editor
Rick Kline Sound Re Recording Mixer
Martin Lacroix Boom Operator: Second Unit
Eric Lamontagne Sound Mixer: Second Unit
Tricia Linklater Adr Sound Assistant
Howard London Adr Mixer
Michael McGee Production Sound Mixer
Charles O'Shea Boom Operator
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound Designer
Paul N.J. Ottosson Supervising Sound Editor
Angelo Palazzo Sound Effects Editor
Michele Perrone Adr Editor
Graham Timmer Sound Mixer: Second Unit
Candice Todesco Cable Operator
Renee Tondelli Adr Supervisor
Robert Troy Dialogue Editor
Bernard Weiser Sound Effects Editor
Philip Young Adr Recordist
Fred Peck III Mix Technician (Uncredited)