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Source Code Nominated For 2012 Hugo Award

HUGO Awards

Nominations for the 2012 Hugo awards have just been announced with Source Code nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form). Source Code (Vendome Pictures. Written by Ben Ripley, Directed by Duncan Jones) will be up against fellow nominees:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)

The 2012 Hugo Awards will be presented at Chicon 7, the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 to September 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

This is Duncan’s second Hugo nomination, the first being for MOON in the 2010 Awards which MOON also won. Fingers crossed we get another one of these beauties by Nick Stathopoulos to add to the mantlepiece 🙂

Duncan Jones Hugo Award 2010 - By Rodene Ronquillo
Duncan Jones Hugo Award 2010 - By Rodene Ronquillo

A full list of all nominations for the 2012 awards is available on the Hugo Awards site.

Central Ohio Film Critics Assc Award Ben Ripley Best Original Screenplay For Source Code

Ben Ripley - Writer - Source Code

Central Ohio Film Critics Association have awarded Ben Ripley ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for Source Code in their 2011 Awards, beating Woody Allen into second place.

Back in 2007 Ben Ripley’s Source Code was added to the ‘Black List’, an industry distributed list of the top currently unproduced screenplays (see this article over on Little White Lies for more on that). Filmed in 2010, and released in 2011, Source Code is a Sci-Fi thriller centered on Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan & Jeffrey Wright and is Directed by Duncan Jones.

Congratulations to Ben, and everyone involved with Source Code 🙂

There’s a wee bit of Ben talking about the science theory in Source Code in the video below (00:44)

What Is The Source Code?

Source Code - April 1st 2011

There’s so much great stuff coming out prior to the release of Source Code on April 1st (10 days!) the synopsis of Duncan Jones latest film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga an Jeffrey Wright tells us:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.

With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

But what is the Source Code? Summit Entertainment have released a new featurette featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Producer Jordan Wynn, writer Ben Ripley, Jeffrey Wright, and Astrophysicist Michio Kaku, theorising that what takes place in Source Code, may one day actually be possible in reality…

Source Code Red Carpet, SXSW 2011

Just over a day ago, Source Code Made its’ World Premiere at SXSW 2011 in Austin, TX. These are clips from that premiere’s Red Carpet event including Duncan Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Cas Anvar and Writer Ben Ripley! See what they had to say about the film, working with Duncan, and the whole Source Code experience!

Duncan Jones at the Source Code World Premiere
Duncan Jones at the Source Code World Premiere
Jake Gyllenhaal at the Source Code World Premiere
Jake Gyllenhaal at the Source Code World Premiere
Vera Farmiga at the Source Code World Premiere
Vera Farmiga at the Source Code World Premiere
Michelle Monaghan at the Source Code World Premiere
Michelle Monaghan at the Source Code World Premiere
Cas Anvar at the Source Code World Premiere
Cas Anvar at the Source Code World Premiere
Source Code Writer Ben Ripley at the Source Code World Premiere
Source Code Writer Ben Ripley at the Source Code World Premiere

Source Code: SXSW Premiere Q&A

Source Code World Premier - Paramount by Sarah Wallace

We may not have been able to attend last nights SXSW Source Code premiere at the Paramount in Austin, TX. But thanks to the eagle eyed wonder that is WDW, we do have a snippet of the Q&A with Director Duncan Jones, writer Ben Ripley, and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga & Michelle Monaghan.

There’s a wonderful chemistry between them, and great humour, I particularly like the suggestion from Jake, that Duncan tried to invest as much of the production as possible with a British flavour.

There are very minor spoilers in this, not plot wise, and not many, just the one, and only, so if you want to stay free of anything that may potentially reduce the impact of certain elements of the film, stay away from that play button…

Source Code: Making Of Featurette

We were alerted to a mahoosive chunk of interview footage for Source Code earlier today by the ever vigilant WDW.

Featuring Director Duncan Jones, writer Ben Ripley, and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright, the footage is now edited down into a great making of Source Code featurette, by those wonderful people over at Making Of, who you may recall have some fantastic insights into the making of MOON also.

What is very clear from all this, is how much fun everyone seems to have had during the whole process, and how flexible Duncan was in allowing a great cast scope to do what they do best, and also how pleased they all seem to be with the results. Jake especially, having decided he wanted to work with Duncan 2 minutes into watching MOON.

And if you enjoyed all that, Making Of also have over 13 minutes of on set footage (although be warned, there may be spoilers in here!)

Source Code premiers in just over a week at SXSW in Austin, Texas. General release on the 1st of April. Can’t wait!

Source Code Gets Some Attention


The approaching release of Source Code, synchronised across much of the globe for 1 April, has not escaped the notice of the March issues of the big film magazines. No fewer than six pages of Empire have been devoted to Source Code, including new images and interviews with Duncan Jones and original writer Ben Ripley, while Total Film features a few words from Jake Gyllenhaal.

What is particularly interesting about the Empire article is that it allows Duncan and Ben to talk about how the script of Source Code evolved, even through the shooting phase. What started off as a rather heavy tale of ‘a soldier returning home’ was lightened by Duncan and Jake, and by the other actors on the set, creating something more quirky with, what Duncan describes as ‘Hitchcock elements’.

While you might expect Ben Ripley to be disheartened by what one imagines to be quite drastic changes to his original script, it is heartening to hear from Ben that he found the whole experience ‘a delightful surprise’.

I was very nervous when I went to the set and when I watched the finished film that it would somehow be diluted. And there was certainly a lot of work done on the dialogue by other writers, or perhaps by Duncan and Jake in the moment. So that was different. But what I found very gratifying was the circumstances were the same. It was still my story – these were my characters, this was my situation…

Duncan’s focus on his actors, which Ben noticed on set, paid off:

They’re all incredibly talented actors and all come with their ideas… I can’t speak for other directors, but for myself, if you hire good actors: let them do it. If you’re hiring incredibly talented people to do their job, let them do it the way they think it needs to be done. I really believe that a director’s job is to get the best out of the people around him, not to impose his views on everyone.

The article also gives Duncan a chance to talk about how he first fell in love with making movies – being on the set of Labyrinth, running around the amazing goblin village. Source Code gave him the chance to play with a giant train set.

Being a kid in your own imagination is terrific.

Jake tells Total Film how Moon drew him to Duncan:

Yes, I was a huge fan. That was what made me want to work with him. He rightfully holds the badge of one of Britain’s new talents, because he is incredible.

Although, for Duncan, the difference between the two films is enormous:

It has been a seismic shift on how I would normally work, but I think I have adjusted… Source Code is very different than Moon.. It’s quite a bit different from a lot of films, to be honest, and I hope that when we are ready to show people, the patience will pay off.

Ready and waiting!

Aside from WDW: It is a delight to be able to post on MMM. Many thanks to the proprietor for his hospitality.