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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 :)

Duncan Jones Reveals Potential Cause Of Long WARCRAFT Shoot

As the countdown nears it’s end and WARCRAFT wraps next Friday (123 days or 4 months and 3 days since filming began on January 20th 2014), a small clue as to why the shoot has lasted so long has appeared online. Duncan Jones revealed that along with introducing cast member Robert Kazinsky to XCOM, he has also been spending time on set getting in a little gaming by himself.

Duncan Jones On Set WARCRAFT 2014Original image and more in this months 300th Edition of Empire Magazine upon which Duncan just commented:

“Kind of glad touched up that behind the scenes picture before they published it…”

Original photograph I do believe is by Rodene Jones

Duncan Jones On The Cutting Edge As Warcraft Filming Approaches Completion

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After a lengthy shooting schedule in Vancouver that started in January 2014, Duncan Jones recently began a countdown to the wrap on the big screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s incredibly successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) World of Warcraft currently titled WARCRAFT.

Duncan’s last update via Twitter on May 1st 2014 told us:

Which gives us a wrap date of Friday 23rd May 2014, 123 days or 4 months and 3 days since filming began on January 20th 2014. Just a wee bit longer than previous shoots on MOON and Source Code which came in at around 30-35 days. With a release date of March 11th 2016, the gang have plenty of time to polish WARCRAFT in post production, around 21 months. Speaking to Fred Topel for Craveonline, Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull explained that time will be used for:

“Well, part of it is getting the date right. As you may have noticed, these next two years, there’s pretty big titles coming out. We wanted to make sure that we got that right, but there are some sequences and some things that Duncan Jones has done that are truly on the cutting edge. You want to have plenty of time to make sure that we dial those in. So by the time they get home and set up, it’ll be a little less than two years. It’ll be about 20 months but we really want to take our time and get this right because the technology that’s employed really is some next generation stuff.”

We still know very little about WARCRAFT, the gang have done an incredible job on keeping a lid on things during filming, Fred did manage to pry a wee bit of info out of Tull though when asked what Duncan brings to the film considering his previous films MOON and Source Code:

“I would say it’s a linear story, but at the same time, it’s Duncan Jones. That’s what we wanted, was again that different flare, not just straightforward fantasy and everything. Look, it’s a privilege. Being able to go from Interstellar’s our fifth movie with Chris Nolan into Guillermo del Toro and Gareth Edwards and now Duncan Jones. It’s really a privilege to work around these folks.”

There is very much a sense that Duncan and the team are creating something rather special, indeed he said as much in a recent piece he wrote for Empire magazine’s 300th issue this month:

“We’re doing something that doesn’t happen in Hollywood movies anymore. We’re creating a great, big, grin inducing surprise! And for that reason, I don’t want to tell you too much…”

WARCRAFT will be released March 11th 2016, keep up to date with the countdown to wrap on Duncan’s Twitter feed, and pick up a copy of Empire magazine’s 300th issue for a great piece by Duncan with a couple of exclusive photos from on set by Rodene Jones.

Read Fred Topel’s complete interview with Thomas Tull at Craveonline.

MOON Features in FACT ‘Science Fiction: New Death’ Exhibition

FACT Science Fiction: New Death

Duncan Jones’ BAFTA Award winning feature debut MOON will be screened on Monday 7th April, 20:30 at FACT in Liverpool as part of their 3 month long exhibition Science Fiction: New Death.

Other films in the season include Tron (1982), Solaris (1972), Alphaville (1965) and Akira (25th anniversary 2013 edition). MOON in great company as part of “some of the greatest sci-fi films of all time” according to the FACT guide.

Full exhibition details for all film, audio, visual, art and installation running through the course of the 3 month duration available over on the FACT web site.

If you’d like to see MOON on the big screen in Liverpool next Monday evening, ticket details here. Have fun! :)

Calvin and Hobbes Inspires Kid’s Version Of MOON

The challenge was laid down just over five hours ago by long time Twitter resident, film critic and smart arse Scott Weinberg:

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Now I want someone to make a kids’ version of Moon. Make it about a guy who wishes for a friend but gets too many friends!
10/02/2014 16:42

The challenge was answered in some style by Elisa Fardy:

Sam & GERTY by Elisa Fardy

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@ManMadeMoon @scottEweinberg I skipped the poster and I directly made the fake book cover. http://t.co/OsCsEbUDf8
10/02/2014 19:09

Combining the cover of Bill Waterson’s ‘Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’ (A Calvin and Hobbes Collection) with an image of GERTY by Charlie Marshall and a subtly placed Lunar Industries logo, Elisa came up with what MOON Director Duncan Jones could only describe as “Amazing!”

Would site quite nicely on a shelf next to a TV showing Bill Mudron’sSam And Gerty’s Lunar Funtime Club House:)