Much larger version available over on Dan’s portfolio, go and have a mooch
If you are an old geezer like me, you may recall the days we’d go and buy our music from a record shop. Our 7″ & 12″ vinyl singles and albums would come on lovely two sided vinyl. As well as the music there was visual content added into the bargain, wonderful sleeve art and paper printed centres carrying record label and catalogue numbers, we’d sit looking at all of this while listening to the music on our record players, it was good.
There was also sometimes secret visual content that only the most attentive would discover, and in those days we didn’t have an internet to pass on this information, so it was self discovery or word of mouth that would reveal… a message between the run out groove and the centre label.
Now, I have a vinyl copy of Clint Mansell‘s stunning soundtrack to MOON, it is still sealed in cellophane and “Mint” so I have never even taken the record out to look at it. At least one person has though, thanks to James Lloyd we can now reveal the secret message on the vinyl edition of the MOON soundtrack…
Check out more secret messages on Vinyl Remarks
Benedict Wong seems to be making a habit of appearing in British Sci-Fi films, so I decided to name the MOON / Sunshine double bill at the Prince Charles Cinema this month The Wong Connection, cus I can… Continue reading
Inspired by MOON and new developments in potential near Earth asteroid mining from companies such as DSI which could eventually lead to real life Lunar mining for Helium-3 (He-3), digital illustrator Adam Burn has created these fantastic concept lunar vehicles which have already caught an admiring eye from MOON Writer / Director Duncan Jones…
You know we love finding interesting new posters designed by all the talented people out there inspired by MOON & Source Code, but they are usually posters *for* MOON & Source Code.
This one tweeted to MOON Director Duncan Jones a couple of days ago by Matt Bucceri takes the idea of Sam Bell being cloned and appears to suggest that it was actually Sam Rockwell that was cloned. But by who? And how? And are there Sams walking around out there now?…
Digital Design student Patrick Chamberland was so inspired by his love of MOON and the work of Concept Artist and VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery, he produced this stunning work as part of his course work at Centre NAD in Montreal, Canada.
As well as sharing GERTY with us, Patrick was also kind enough to let us know some details about his version of GERTY:
I am currently a student in 3D Animation and Digital Design at Centre NAD, in Montreal, Canada, with a concentration in videogames.
We had a project in which we had to create a model of an object that was futuristic in nature and we had the option of creating a new design or using an already existing one. Being a huge fan of Moon (which I consider to be one of my top 5 movies of all-time) and Gavin Rothery’s designs, it then dawned on me that this would be the perfect opportunity to create my favorite robot ever, GERTY!
I was very fortunate that Gavin’s site was a treasure trove of fantastic reference to try and achieve the closest possible accuracy to the movie version of GERTY.
The actual model was created using 3DS MAX and a few different softwares were used to create the model’s textures with the main one being Photoshop.
What I think is really exciting with this model is that the image of the final rendered version is from a software named Marmoset Toolbag which is a real-time renderer. What this means is that the look of GERTY in the image is how he would look in an actual game engine such as the Unreal Engine.
If time permits, I would love to also model the whole Serang base and place it in the game engine which would mean that I would be able to walk around the whole base in real-time!
I have attached a picture of the non-textured/wireframed version of the model as well as a pic of the final “in-game” version.
This was certainly my most fun project to date and that was because of the passion ignited inside of me by Duncan’s amazing work in creating the movie masterpiece, Moon.
And here is the non-textured / wireframe image Patrick mentioned above. Stunning work once again from someone inspired by MOON. Thanks, Patrick
Have a mooch around Patrick’s site for more goodies.
If you’re a regular round these parts (usual?), you’ll know all about our friend Charles Kline Jr who went to great lengths in 2011 to re-create some of Sam Bell’s costumes from MOON. Charles also informed us of a fantastic Halloween out take from MOON later the same year, so we’re pretty sure Charles is a bit of a fan of Duncan Jones’ award winning 2009 debut.
Well, it seems this love for MOON is now being shared by other members of the Kline family. Charles just got in touch on Twitter earlier to alert us to the fact that MOON composer Clint Mansell may want to keep an eye on the rear view mirror as young Charles Kline III gets into gear with his version of the intro to ‘Welcome to Lunar Industries’, Charles is EIGHT! And figured out the notes by himself! Take it away Charles
As we were getting set for a live tweet of the British television premiere of MOON on BBC2 last sunday (30th December 2012 – highlights from Duncan & gang here) Duncan was pointed in the direction of something we’ve not come across previously, MOON Fan Fiction.
If you’re a regular visitor here, you will be well aware of the the high quality of fan contributions that we come across from time to time. We’ve had posters, music, a complete physical re-creations of GERTY and more, but nothing has quite reached the level of Wildgoosery’s fan fiction piece ‘Helping you is what I do‘ written to cover the events of MOON, from GERTY’s point of view.
I have to tell you, such is the level of authenticity, I was close to tears all over again. And it’s not just me that thinks Wildgoosery has done an incredible job, the ultimate seal of approval comes from the original creator of GERTY, Sam Bell, Lunar Industries and the whole MOON universe, Duncan Jones himself who commented on the piece:
To tune into the tone of Moon this well denotes a rare sensitivity & empathy. You’ve done an extraordinary job. It made my heart ache. Poor Sam. Poor Gerty. Poor Sam… And Sam… And Sam. Thank you so much for helping Moon to live on beyond our small film. I hope I can widen this universe for you in future films, if for no other reason but to see what you will do with it. A fan of your speculations, Duncan Jones. Writer/director Moon.
Which understandably prompted this reaction from Wildgoosery:
I’m just going to sit here for a while being utterly stunned!
Well, this is last thing I ever expected to find in the comments of my little story! I would be skeptical of its origins, except a poke through twitter reveals that you were pointed this direction yesterday!
I have no idea what to say, other than “Thank you!” Moon had a tremendous impact on me — I saw it twice in the theater, and have the DVD on hand for when I want my faith in modern science fiction filmmaking restored — and in writing this story, I came to even further appreciate the thought and care and craftsmanship that went into what you created. Hard SF movies are a rare thing these days, and quality ones are practically non-existent. After Moon and Source Code, I look forward to seeing what you do moving forward.
Please take a moment to pop over and read the full story, and to stand back an applaud a wonderful piece of writing
You can read more MOON fan fiction over on the same site.
Ha! Just wanted to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. Thanks as always for your support over the last year. Very much appreciated
The image above is from this very interesting post from MOON Concept Artist and VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery’s excellent Making Of MOON blog and shows a still from an alternative ending to MOON (ok I’ve been fannying about with it a bit). Check Gav’s site for all the details
Thought that would make a nice little Christmas pressie for those that have not read it before, maybe best to steer clear if you have yet to see MOON and are looking forward to it’s British “proper telly” premiere on BBC2, Sunday 30th December.
2013 promises to be a very busy year for both Duncan & Gavin (also currently working on secret Sci-Fi projects) so we look forward to bringing you all the news.
Have a great Christmas, and all the very best for the New Year.