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Signed MOON Poster Auction for Rodene Jones’ Tower Cancer Foundation Chartity

Duncan & Rodene JonesMany 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

Duncan Jones To Attend BlizzCon 2014 For One Hour Warcraft Movie Presentation

BlizzCon 2013The 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.

WARCRAFT Movie LogoFilming 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.

SDCC14 Panel With WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones

Although we didn’t get too much detail from Duncan on the specifics of the film itself, Duncan did make it clear we are in for something big with WARCRAFT. This is a film drawing on nearly 20 years of lore from the WARCRAFT universe from the original RTS (real time strategy) ‘Warcraft: Orcs & Humans’ released on the 23rd November 1994 up to the present day World Of Warcraft MMO RPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) which has millions of players worldwide and is itself about to celebrate 10 years online.

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

WARCRAFT And Duncan Jones Return To Comic-Con

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:-


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:-


No word yet on what costume Duncan will be wearing to sneak in with, last year it was as a Mexican Luchador.

Duncan Jones Sneaks Into SDCC2013 As A 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.


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Win A Poster Signed By Duncan Jones To Celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of Duncan Jones’ MOON.

Duncan Jones' MOON - Poster from Dark Horse

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.

Among sci-fi fans MOON has also gone on to become something of a cult classic joining the ranks of those that inspired it in the first place. Films such as Silent Running, Outland, Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey. MOON was even compared to 2001 by some bloke called Terry Gilliam in Little White Lies (issue 34, p40-41)

“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

TWITTER

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.

FACEBOOK

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.

PHOTO COMP :)

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:

To: unklerupert@manmademovies.co.uk

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! :)

Studio Sheila Creates Wonderful Sam Bell Print

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.

Mooned - Sam Bell by Studio SheilaIf 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: unklerupert@manmademovies.co.uk
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! :)

Plymouth Uni Student Sam Rowe Creates MOON Poster For Degree Show

All the very best to Sam Rowe at his Plymouth University review show today as he puts his MOON print on show :)

MOON Poster by Sam RoweSam tweeted his print to MOON Director Duncan Jones earlier today and kindly dropped us a line to tell us a bit about it…

“I made the poster for my degree show (which is actually today, Friday 13th, eek) and it’s a two colour, hand pulled silk screen print which is roughly A2. And I kinda made it for two reasons; firstly there was a screening of Moon at my university cinema (Plymouth Uni) and they asked students to design their own posters to promote them. I picked Moon but sadly didn’t get to do it in the end. So now that the degree show is here I thought I’d finally do it.

The reason I picked Moon is because I think it’s just a brilliant film. I think it’s a blazing beacon of success in low-budgetness, acting, story telling, set design – all that stuff. Also my name’s Sam so who’s to say Gerty wasn’t actually talking to me?”

More of Sam’s work over on his online portfolio. Thanks, Sam :)