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Watch Now: Gavin Rothery’s ‘The Last Man’

Gavin Rothery's The Last Man - Poster

Here’s a Sunday afternoon treat for fans of the work of MOON Concept Artist and Visual Effects Supervisor Gavin Rothery.

Following a world premiere at Frightfest 2014 and 12 months on the festival circuit Gavin has released his post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi short The Last Man for all to watch on YouTube. Written and Directed by Gavin, The Last Man follows a Deep Reserve soldier awoken from stasis to find the world ruined by war.

The Last Man stars Richard Glover (Sightseers, A Field In England, Into The Woods, The Casual Vacancy) and features a score by Charlotte Hatherley (Ash, Bat For Lashes, Sliver Tongue).

Full screen it, crank up the sound, and watch THE LAST MAN.

Then have a listen to Charlotte’s score.

For more on what Gavin is up to you can visit his site here (tons of great MOON stuff if you’ve not popped over before now), and go say hello to him over on Twitter.

And for more on Charlotte Hatherley you can visit her site here, and go say hello to her too over on Twitter.

You can also say hello to Richard Glover over on Twitter too, quite the social afternoon you’re having eh? 🙂

If you’ve like to know more about the making of The Last Man, have a read over on Tested.

Dutch Virtual World Builders Inspired By MOON Build Sarang Base

Sarang UDK Still by Rachel van der MeerRachel van der Meer got in touch with MOON Director Duncan Jones and Concept Artist & VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery recently to let them know that along with fellow students at the NHTV In Breda, Netherlands, she had built a virtual MOON base. A MOON base that can be entered, walked around, and interacted with. Rachel kindly took the time to provide a LOT more detail (and make me jealous that she got to walk around it using an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset)… Continue reading Dutch Virtual World Builders Inspired By MOON Build Sarang Base

Digital Design Student Inspired by MOON & Gavin Rothery

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.

Gerty Final by Patrick Chamberland
Gerty Final by Patrick Chamberland

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 🙂

Gerty Wire by Patrick Chamberland
Gerty Wire by Patrick Chamberland

Have a mooch around Patrick’s site for more goodies.


Celebrate Christmas With A New Duncan Jones & Sam Rockwell Film!

A Duncan Jones Film - Clone Alone (Christmas 2012)
A Duncan Jones Film – Clone Alone (Christmas 2012)

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.


London MOON Screening With Gavin Rothery 15th September

Get your skates on and you might be able to bag yourself a ticket to a screening of MOON featuring a Q&A with Concept Artist & VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery.

MOON is screening as part of the The London Labour Film Festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on Saturday the 15th September, and they have just taken delivery of a lovely 35mm print.

MOON 35mm Print For Labour Film Festival

The London Labour Film Festival is a celebration of social commitment through cinema. This September the LLFF will host a series of film screenings, talks and special events offering varied, challenging and inspiring cinematic takes on the lives, hopes and struggle of workers. Spanning three days at the heart of the UK capital, and taking audiences on journeys from the very real effects of the financial crisis on the working classes to visions of future labour on both earth and the moon, the LLFF will welcome guests including Ken Loach and Mike Leigh for what will be a major contribution to a growing global movement committed to cinema’s treatment of labour.

With that in mind, Gavin may have some things to say about the treatment of workers by Lunar Industries, in fact he just tweeted:

Anybody coming along to @LabourFilmFest to watch Moon on Saturday? I’ll tell you all about the Lunar Industries ethics on space-clones 😉

Get  your tickets over at the Prince Charles Cinema site.

Unpack MOON with Gavin Rothery & Trevor Beattie In Aid Of The The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation

Sam Rockwell In Duncan Jones' MOON

MOON VFX Supervisor & Concept Artist Gavin Rothery has just popped up details of an event all fans of MOON in the UK may want to get down to in London on Friday 6th of July.

As part of the East End Film Festival, Gavin and Executive Producer Trevor Beattie will be giving an in depth session on how their roles and others combined to create the distinctive and successful British Sci-Fi Film MOON.

Continuing the celebration of MOON, The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation invite you to an exciting evening of networking drinks and performances as well as an exciting performance from the Chivaree Circus and a space themed soundtrack hosted by DJ Tony Stevenson.

The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation is a charitable cause that was set up to help people in need fight their corners. Knowing that someone is fighting your corner is half the battle won. Your ticket price for this event is a donation to The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation.

Tickets and further details available here.

Duncan Jones Teases Update on ‘Mute’ Graphic Novel

Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery
Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery

MOON / Source Code Director Duncan Jones announced last year that after difficulties with acquiring funding for MUTE, the previously planned follow up to MOON, that he would be going ahead with a graphic novel version of his love letter to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Talking to James Wallace over at Gordon & The Whale in March 2011, Duncan said:

“…we’ve had so many problems trying to get this film made, you know? The people who are involved with financing films have just been…shy…shy of making the script. So what we decided to do is we’re going to make a graphic novel of it, prove it…prove it to an audience that this works and maybe in the future get the chance to come back and make it.”

It seems work has continued since then and Duncan teased on Twitter recently:

Twitter - Duncan Jones Teases Mute Art Work?

And it seems it’s not just artwork that has him excited, as last night he let everyone know how he feels about the process of transferring a script to graphic novel format:

Twitter - Duncan Jones on Converting Film Script to Graphic Novel

Is the artwork for the Mute graphic novel? Is the script conversion to the graphic novel format for Mute also? Everything would seem to point to that being the case, but as usual Duncan is playing his cards close to his chest, although recent tweets suggest Poker may not be his strong point.

Twitter - Duncan Jones Poker Master?

Whatever the answer, it’s certainly a busy and creative time for Duncan and his producer Stuart Fenegan over in L A as they also recently announced their involvement in the upcoming biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and we also know there is another Sci-Fi feature in the works as well. Let’s hope the financing is not dependant upon Duncan’s skills in the casinos of Las Vegas though, eh? 😉

For more details on Mute, have a read of this io9 interview on that very subject from June 2009.

Fancy A Drink At The Lunar Industries Bar?

Imagine Sam Bell working his taters off mining He-3 for Lunar Industries, coming towards the end of a three year contract on MOON base Sarang. Alone apart from the company of his robotic companion GERTY, unable to communicate directly with Earth and his young family, desperate to get home and be with the ones he loves. Sam is slowly losing his marbles without any other human company, so imagine if he found out after all this time that something like this had been going on, right under his nose!

MOON - Lunar Industries Bar by Josh Kao

A bar, a Lunar Industries Bar on the MOON!, with dancing girls and an obviously wealthy cliental. All of which is bad enough, for poor old Sam. But imagine if he also knew that GERTY knew, AND was busy in there serving drinks!

Well, none of this is true of course, the image above is a piece of concept art by artist Josh Kao that we came across recently after it was featured in Charlie Jane Anders feature over on io9 about Josh’s concept art, specifically his futuristic cityscapes.

Pop over to Josh’s blog to view more, prepare for a long stay though, there’s some incredibly good stuff over there. On the piece above, Josh says:

Bar design based on the movie “Moon”, my favorite film of 2009. That’s a gogo dancer, not a stripper….i swear. I needed to fill up some space…

Josh has even included this kind of plan view, just in case you fancy setting something up yourself 🙂

Josh Kao - MOON Lunar Ind Bar Overview

And if you want to see more, actual MOON concept art, pop over to MOON VFX Supervisor and Concept Artist Gavin Rothery’s site.

MOON: Lego Lunar Rover by Ron Haller

MOON Lego Lunar Rover by Ron HallerMeant to pop this one up a while back when MOON Concept Artist & VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery pointed it out, which is some compliment to start with, as Gavin designed it!

A wonderful LEGO MOON Lunar Rover by Ron Haller, and not the first time we have seen a LEGO tribute to Duncan Jones’ 2009 debut feature, we’ve also got a LEGO Sam Bell to go with it 🙂

Make sure you pop over to Ron’s LEGO creation site for more pics of the MOON Lunar Rover, and many more Sci-Fi related LEGO vehicles, amazing stuff!

Also check out Gavin’s site for his online portfolio, and a fantastic Making Of MOON blog for lot’s of behind the scenes info.