Duncan Jones Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Duncan Jones RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network A look inside the upcoming Movie Warcraft The Beginning - PAX East Panel https://www.gameskinny.com/pn0jg/a-look-inside-the-upcoming-movie-warcraft-the-beginning-pax-east-panel https://www.gameskinny.com/pn0jg/a-look-inside-the-upcoming-movie-warcraft-the-beginning-pax-east-panel Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:44:25 -0400 Cresta Starr

Warcraft The Beginning is a cinematic adventure for lovers of the books and game World of Warcraft. This film -- directed by Duncan Jones -- will offer movie goers an depth look at one of the beginning stories in the Warcraft franchise. The WARCRAFT: A Look Inside the Upcoming Cinematic Adventure panel was moderated by Michelle Morrow with hosts Duncan Jones (director) and Robert Kazinsky (actor). Here are the best questions with their answers from the panel.

How did you know where to start in the vast and rich story that is World of Warcraft? What were some of the challenges you faced doing so?

Jones said that he wanted to start at the beginning, the origin story of the first contact Humans and Orcs,  with the Orcs are fleeing their dying world of Draenor and facing extinction. In leaving Draenor, the Orcs come across the dark portal which connects Dreanor to Azeroth. Now the humans must ether share their home world with the orcs or face war with against them. Jones wanted to make it understandable for new comers and veteran fans alike. However, in order to explain the story properly and correctly, Jones said that there needed to be heroes on both the human and the orc side. It was challenging because most people see Orcs as bad.

What moment made you realize that the movie was going to be "Next Level"?

The CGI in the movie is what really took it to that "next level". Teaming up with Jeff White who did the CGI animation for the Hulk in the first Avengers movie, Jones was able to bring to life Orcs, Dwarfs and many other mystical beings from the world of Azeroth. Fans get to see them as well rounded characters making them seem more human. So, along with the writing the motion capture really gave it that push to make the film "next level".

Were there any hardships with making the film?

Duncan explained that by the time he took over as director most of the kinks were already worked out. The main issue was, again, making making the movie half about Humans and half about Orcs with heroes and villains on both sides.

How did you make the movie not seem fake?

Aside from creating deeply rich and well-developed characters, the sets were constructed outside with the motion sensors. Warcraft is one of the first movies of its kind to mix the two. Plus they had a movement coach which helped the actors become more realistic Orcs, Wizards and Warriors. All Orc actors went to "orc camp" where they learned mannerisms like how to sit, eat, move and walk. These seemingly minor details can make a huge impact on how movie goers view the animated Orcs. You can take a glimpse of the Lion's Pride inn with this behind the scenes video.

The panel ended with an exclusive extended trailer of the Warcraft The Beginning for PAX East attendees. If you just can't get enough and want to find out more you can watch the whole hour long panel here:


New Warcraft movie trailer released! https://www.gameskinny.com/zwi7z/new-warcraft-movie-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/zwi7z/new-warcraft-movie-trailer-released Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:23:40 -0400 Chrisator

Legendary Entertainment has released a new trailer for the much-anticipated Warcraft movie, which is due to hit theaters this summer. The trailer showcases the struggle between the Orcish Horde and the Alliance, featuring many of the main characters in the movie.

The Warcraft movie, set for worldwide release on June 10, has been a long time in the making. The film was originally announced in 2006, and has taken a decade to take shape. However, with Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon) as the director, most fans seem to believe it will be worth the wait.

The movie stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Baytown Outlaws) as Anduin Lothar, Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, 2 Guns, Deja Vu) as Garona, Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, The Mechanic) as Medivh, and the veteran actor Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, Highlander) as Blackhand. Certainly a star-studded line-up, the movie is bound to bring out the best of the best from the Warcraft universe.

And for those curious about the music in the trailer, this is what Duncan Jones had to say on the topic:

 So are you as excited as we are for this movie? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Is the Warcraft movie going to suck? https://www.gameskinny.com/jrzzi/is-the-warcraft-movie-going-to-suck https://www.gameskinny.com/jrzzi/is-the-warcraft-movie-going-to-suck Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:53:19 -0400 CallSignDriver

It's strange to imagine, but Warcraft fans have been clamoring for a Warcraft movie for over a decade. Way back in 2008, filmmaker Uwe Boll (responsible for the top four entries on our "10 worst movies based on games" list) tried to get his hands on the franchise, but was swiftly denied. According to Boll, this is what developer Blizzard Entertainment had to say on the matter:

We will not sell the movie rights, not to you… especially not to you. Because it’s such a big online game suc­cess, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongo­ing income, what the com­pany has with it.

Though Boll is likely paraphrasing Blizzard's response, the logic behind the statement is the same. Now that World of Warcraft has become a globally recognized phenomenon, any film made based on the franchise has the burden of acting as the game's most influential advertisement.

Since 2010, WoW's subscribers have dropped from 12 million worldwide to only 7.4, recovering momentarily for the launch of Warlords of Draenor, only to drop even further after the hype subsided. A good Warcraft film could help Blizzard dig themselves out of this hole. A bad one might dig it deeper.

It was simple for Blizzard to say no to a Warcraft cash-in in 2008, when WoW was still on the rise. Now that World of Warcraft is dwindling in popularity, it's easy to imagine that Blizzard might settle for less. Between questionable marketing materials, an abundance of cg, and the film's relatively unknown director and cast, it would appear that Blizzard is taking a huge risk on their multi-million-dollar WoW ad.

Back in May, we recieved our first look at Warcraft's computer-generated orcs through still images of Orgrim Doomhammer (one of which can be found at the top of this article). While Orgrim is looking absolutely raw in these stills, the same cannot be said for Anduin Lothar and Durotan, seen in the exclusive Comic-Con posters found above.

When I first saw these images, I felt like there was something off about them--like promotional materials for a SyFy original feature. After checking the reddit discussion, I was glad to find I wasn't alone.

Comment from discussion Two Official 'Warcraft' Movie Posters.
Comment from discussion Official posters for WARCRAFT movie are here.

Anduin looks like he's an extra from Stardust, and Durotan looks like a gorgonite from Small Soldiers. This is bad promo art, especially considering that the stills of Orgrim are of such better quality, but now that I've seen it I can't help but be somewhat concerned.

Apart, these two posters look a little silly, if not hastily prepared. Side-by-side, however, they clash horribly. How well can we expect the live-action and computer-generated elements of the film to look together on-screen?

If you haven't already seen the leaked Warcraft test footage for yourself, make sure to check out my play-by-play recap. Something I didn't mention in that article was the whining criticism of a member in the audience, who didn't seem to get it.

I'm already not interested. It's just one big computer. This is Avatar.

While the guy's tone was admittedly cringeworthy, I can't say that I completely disagree. Blizzard's cutscenes are fantastic, and I've heard fans say for years that they would watch a movie of them if Blizzard would just put it together for themselves. Now, however, I'm not sure if that's enough.

Sure, these visuals look good, but do they look photorealistic enough to stand beside live-action characters without looking like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In spite of the audience member's cynical comment, Avatar is actually an excellent example of this done correctly, but Avatar had a budget of 237 million dollars. Warcraft is estimated to have a little under half that. 

So whose job is it to make this work? Though director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is no Peter Jackson, he's far from alone in his quest to bring the Warcraft story to life. Producers on the film include individuals such as Nicholas Carpenter, Chris Metzen, Michael Morhaime, and Paul Sams, all of whom have worked on actual Warcraft games in the past.

Accompanying them to set my CGI fears to rest are the talented artists of Industrial Light & Magic, whose resume includes films such as Pacific Rim, Transformers, the Pirates of The Carribean films, and yes, even Avatar. If anyone can make it work, it's these guys.

Verdict: Probably not, but only time will tell.

It's easy to get worked up and anxious that something you're anticipating isn't going to meet your standards, especially when you're a part of the gaming community. If you're concerned about the Warcraft movie being lame, calm down. Between the solid writing seen in the leaked trailer and Industrial Light & Magic's confirmed CGI prowess, it looks like Warcraft is following a recipe for success. Here's to hoping that once that success is crafted, it doesn't stagnate at the auction house.

New Life Breathed into WoW Movie https://www.gameskinny.com/gu8uk/new-life-breathed-into-wow-movie https://www.gameskinny.com/gu8uk/new-life-breathed-into-wow-movie Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:32:28 -0500 Joseph Rowe

News of the World of Warcraft movie has been long anticipated. Finally, after years of stagnation, something new has been announced. About freakin' time.

Originally slated as Sam Raimi, a new director has been announced for the WoW film: Duncan Jones. He is famous for previously directing Moon and Source Code. He's also the son of famous rock musician David Bowie.

Charles Leavitt is going to be the screenplay writer. Leavitt is famous for doing K-PAX and Blood Diamond.

The budget was announced for the film, as well. It is going to be a little above $100 million, meaning they have the budget to make a good film. With this talent behind it, I'm hoping it will be.

I am a bit skeptical to see how these two will treat the franchise. I loved both Moon and K-PAX, but those two movies are pretty far removed from what the World of Warcraft franchise is about. I look forward to what will come of this. At the very worst, hopefully it becomes a "so bad, it's good" kind of film.