Many of you will be aware of Rodene’s cancer diagnoses in 2011 and her subsequent fight to become free of this disease that affects so many of us and those we love. Having bravely battled the foul beast over the last few years Rodene continues to campaign for awareness of early diagnoses through encouraging all to “Touch Up Your Loved Ones”, if it weren’t for Duncan doing just that they may never have discovered Rodene needed to get checked ASAP in the first place. Continue reading
The posting of Blizzard Entertainment’s schedule for BlizzCon 2014 reveals WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones will be attending the convention to take part in a one hour presentation along with Blizzard’s Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development).
Taking place on Friday 7th November 14:15 – 15:15 the schedule teases:
Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along side Blizzard’s Chris Metzen as the give attendees and viewers at home an exclusive presentation packed with surprises.
The event is a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment‘s gaming goodness featuring World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft, and takes place over two days at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Filming completed earlier this year on 23rd of May so the gang are well into post production and were even able to offer an exclusive glimpse of WARCRAFT to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con back in July. That footage is still tightly under wraps but you can read a description of what was screened over on JoBlo. So will the teased surprises include new footage that the rest of us will get to see? We’ll have to wait and see what occurs on the 7th November…
If you’re unable to attend BlizzCon 2014 and want to get all the info on World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft as well as that one hour WARCRAFT movie panel with Chris Metzen & Duncan Jones, you can pick up a virtual ticket and watch over 60 hours of convention footage streamed live to your desktop.
WARCRAFT is scheduled for release March 11th 2016.
Over 200 locations across the UK will be presenting over 1000 screenings of classic Sci-Fi films and television programmes from October to December as part of the BFI’s celebration Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder
“We recently revealed that we’d been commissioned to curate a strand of programming for the British Film Institute’s Days Of Fear And Wonder, their ambitious science-fiction oriented programme that dominates much of the final quarter of 2014. Today we announce our full plans.
Our programme is for the Quad in Derby, an independent cinema complex. Over the course of three months we will be screening three strands of Science-Fiction films, with each strand focussing on something different.”
MOON screens on Tuesday, 14th October at 18:30, tickets available now from QUAD.
Further details over on Hope Lies
MOON poster featured above was the Norwegian theatrical release poster by Haakon Hoseth.
Some of you may already be familiar with Dark Bunny Tees. A creator of high quality and unique ltd edition Film & TV inspired T-Shirts for just over five years now (about the same amount of time we’ve been popping stuff up on here too, spooky). He even produced one for Duncan Jones’ favourite film ‘The Salute of the Jugger‘ (or ‘The Blood of Heroes’) As you can see modeled by these two Jugheads (Alex Chenery & Duncan Jones).
Well, Alex over at Dark Bunny Tees has been in touch to let us know he’s finally created something inspired by MOON (having been a big fan since cinematic release in 2009). The classic Wake Me When It’s Quitting Time T-Shirt worn by Sam Bell at the beginning of MOON…
The T-shirt is 100% preshrunk cotton and even comes vacuum packed for added authenticity (again, you’ll know why if you’ve seen MOON).
You can get yours now over on Dark Bunny Tees and as a special offer to you lot, Alex is offering a 15% discount off anything on the site until the end of Wednesday 24th September if you use discount code I-AM-SAM-BELL at checkout*
*the bit where we say “not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.”
It’s a world millions are familiar with, a world millions have grown up with. It’s also a world that may be unfamiliar to many millions more, one that Duncan and the gang are working hard to bring to both audiences.
“There’s an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft and there’s a lot of films which want to make origin stories but I think in this case it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between Orcs and Humans.
We do want to make sure it’s a film that’s accessible to everyone”
Speaking about the technical challenges and the size of the world being created for WARCRAFT, Duncan said:
“Our film doesn’t come out until March of 2016, so that’s a ways away. That’s because it is such a technical challenge, we were trying to really do the set building and world building that was done on a film like Lord of the Rings and at the same time bring in the technology that was in Avatar and it really is like trying to make those two movies at the same time. It’s a big project and I think it deserves it and hopefully the final results will speak for themselves.”
With that, much like last years mood piece, the rotten beasts then went on to show some early footage from WARCRAFT that we don’t get to see (Grrrr). There were some kind souls though that did go on to at least describe it, so head over to io9 for that
WARCRAFT stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown.
Script: Charles Leavitt (Screenplay), Duncan Jones (Screenplay), Chris Metzen (Story and characters).
Release date: March 11th 2016
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 kicks off today, but last night was preview night and WARCRAFT related images have begun to hit Twitter from those in attendance.
First of all is the reveal of the WARCRAFT logo by Legendary.
Legendary also have props on display representing the humans…
Here's another piece of heavy weaponry from WARCRAFT too: pic.twitter.com/Kzluf2Ff7I
— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) July 24, 2014
…and the Orcs
— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) July 24, 2014
With Duncan Jones set to make an appearance on Saturday 26th too for a signing session & Legendary having a large presence at the event, hopefully these may be the first of many WARCRAFT updates during SDCC2014.
Featured image at the top there of the Legendary display also by Ethan Anderton
Following last years surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Duncan Jones is set to return to the event with WARCRAFT this coming Saturday 26th where those lucky enough to be attending will get the chance to meet Duncan at a signing event as detailed by Legendary on their Twitter account:-
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 21, 2014
As anticipation builds towards the release of WARCRAFT in March 2016, this event could prove quite popular, so best get in quick as advised again by Legendary:-
#WarcraftMovie signing tickets to be passed out 1st come, 1st served starting 11am on 7/26 at the Blizzard booth (#115).
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 21, 2014
No word yet on what costume Duncan will be wearing to sneak in with, last year it was as a Mexican Luchador.
There’s also no word on whether we may see anything from WARCRAFT itself. We’ve still not seen the teaser / mood piece that was shown at SDCC2013 so maybe (hopefully) there are more surprises to come…
PS – Yes, we’ve all been rather worried about the fact that the new photo of Duncan shows he has rather unfortunately got something stuck in his eye. Screenwriter Gary Whitta organising a collection if you’d like to help.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 21, 2014
Five years since release and the alternative MOON posters are still appearing. This time we got one from @3ftDeep over on Twitter featuring a DNA theme that’s seems a nice fit with this SOURCE CODE one from Daniel Norris.
As always, further detail from the artist himself:
“I love films. I especially love films like MOON, a wonderfully compact story skillfully & minimally told. It reminds me of the short stories of Philip K Dick or Ray Bradbury.
No huge battle scenes or massive apocalyptical special effects (not that I mind either of these) but something more akin to Silent Running, a credit to the few actors, limited locations & of course superb direction.
I find I can always find creative inspiration from these kind of movies, especially with the films that stick with me, as MOON has.
I’ve wanted to do my take on a MOON poster since first seeing it a few years ago. This idea has been in the back of my mind since then (I have a very full ‘in progress’ folder on my computer!) but never seem to find the time. I’m a freelance graphic designer by trade & my alternative movies posters are done when I’m able to squeeze them in or when I need to take a break from the daily grind, to be purely creative for my own sanity.
The idea behind this poster was, first and foremost, to produce something graphically interesting enough to make you want to watch the film if you hadn’t seen it, without giving anything away but to also give further meaning once you have. I hope this is what I’ve achieved and, if you have seen it, understand what I was trying to convey.”
Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of Duncan Jones’ MOON.
Released in the UK on Friday 17th July 2009 MOON has gone on to become a huge critical success both here in the UK and abroad winning many awards beginning with the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival where it also received it’s UK premiere on the 28th June 2009. Among the many awards there was also of course Duncan’s BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Director which led to this rather emotional acceptance speech.
“I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary sci-fi because it has a message; it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen”
We know you all love MOON too, that’s one of the reasons why we are here writing this now. The support for MOON since release from you lot has been one of the biggest reasons for it’s continued success on DVD / Blu-Ray and cinema screenings that have continued since release. To celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday Duncan Jones has sent us some rather lovely signed MOON posters to give away to a few lucky fans. You may recall these became available back in November 2012 when the limited signed run sold out very quickly. Well, we have three to give away, and three different ways to win one
Duncan joined Twitter when we were all just figuring out how it all worked to help promote MOON as it approached release in 2009. So for all you lot that got on board then and since simply retweet this and we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
— ManMadeMovies (@ManMadeMovies) July 17, 2014
Not everyone uses Twitter, we have a great gang over on our Facebook page too, so for you lot please head over and like & share this post to be in with a chance of winning. Again, we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
Those of you that have been around since those early Twitter days back in 2009 may recall Duncan held a series of competitions in the run up to the release of MOON. One of these produced some marvelous results, so we’re going to repeat it for another chance to win a signed MOON poster.
Re-create a sci-fi moment from film or television, take a photo and email:
Subject line: Happy 5th Birthday MOON
If you’re on Twitter you can tweet it over to @ManMadeMovies using the hashtag #Happy5thBirthdayMOON. We’ll give you a bit longer for this one to ensure we get the good stuff We will choose one winner who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 27th July.
Entry open to all on Earth and any beyond, should they wish to establish contact with humanity through an online competition.
Thanks to everyone that has supported MOON and Duncan over the last 5 years through MOON, SOURCE CODE and the upcoming WARCRAFT. We look forward to continuing to bring you news and all that over years to come. Good luck!
We were very impressed with this drawing of Sam Bell tweeted to MOON Director Duncan Jones last week, so much so we had to get in touch with Sheila and find out more about it.
If you pop over to Studio Sheila you’ll see pop culture, movies and myths provide the main inspiration for her work, we asked Sheila to tell us a bit more about her work and how MOON inspired her in particular.
“Being that I love movies, I like the idea of drawing something from a movie that sticks with me. That something could be a specific actor’s performance or a scene that’s deeply moving, bizarre, scary, or just plain funny, and basically “freezing” it on paper.
As far as what medium I use, I work in pencil, ink, charcoal, and sometimes watercolor.
Regarding Moon, I’d been curious about it for a while and finally bought it. Since the movie stayed with me for a long time after I watched it, I wanted to draw something Moon-related. Without giving anything away in the movie, I wanted to show the various character traits of Sam Bell, which includes humor, too.
And I wanted to incorporate Gerty the robot, too. Gerty is a character that provides some relief for the viewer, I think, because you empathize with Sam’s loneliness and want him to have some kind of company. I think it puts the viewer more at ease to see him with Gerty. But Gerty is also a dark character in that it’s only trying to comfort Sam because it’s been programmed to do so.
I’m not an actor and far from an authority on acting or film-making, but I feel that Sam is one of those actors who has no vanity with his performances and that’s what makes his acting so strong. What I mean “no vanity” is that he’s not afraid to appear very raw in roles. It hits you in your gut. And he’s primarily alone in this eerie and haunting movie so the film hinges on whether the actor can pull it off or not. I think it needed a really strong actor like Sam to do it justice. That’s the kind of actor that makes for a great drawing subject, too.
Plus, is there a person around who doesn’t like Sam Rockwell’s acting? I haven’t found one yet. It’s Sam Rockwell, people!”
It’s a bloody lovely piece of work, and one that you could own too if you like?
Competition closed, CONGRATULATIONS TO Chris Hager
To win a copy of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila just drop us a mail with the answer to the following question.
Sam Bell is quite an accomplished artist too, what artistic hobby does Sam use to pass the time during his time on the Sarang MOON base?
Answers to: email@example.com
Subject line: Studio Sheila MOON Competition
One entry per person please.
Prize for the winner is one 14″ x 20″ print of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila.
Closing date for entries Friday 27th June. Good luck!