'Independence Day' director isn't afraid of aliens -- unless they've seen his moviesAs "Independence Day: Resurgence" revives his 1996 blockbuster, Roland Emmerich talks about virtual reality, advancements in special effects technology and his advice when aliens really do make contact.
I'm gonna ask you a question cuz I think you might be the expert in how to approach alien contact. So when aliens do reach out to us, what's your advice for the sitting President? [LAUGH] Talk and don't shoot first. [LAUGH] I think it's I always hope that we have one day, alien contact because people always ask me do I believe in alien. I don't believe in them. I hope that they are existing, you know what I mean? Which is a big difference in a way. And you hope it will talk before shooting? And I hope it will talk and I hope that they will not mind that I had portrayed them badly. [LAUGH] And otherwise I have to fight. [MUSIC] A lot of changes in technology for special effects. Yeah. We need talk a little bit about Compare and contrast approaching the special effects of the first film versus today. Well in the first film, already when I was writing it I had like scissors in my head, because I knew what you can do and what you cannot do. So I knew that everything had to be done with models. We had to do motion control photography. And this time around you don't even have scissors in your head anymore. You actually don't want to have scissors in your head because everything is possible. [MUSIC] They like to get the landmarks. With the upsurgence of VR, exploring some the lines between what is a video, what is a video game, what is a film, do you have any personal plans for your first implementation of VR? Is that something- I'm still thinking about it. If I would do something, I would love to do something In the realm of science fiction because whatever it is it's easier to create VR when it's all digital. And because all digital can be photo real that's probably the field I would It's kind of, do my first PR experience of film.