Opening on April 1 is Summit Entertainment’s awesome looking sci-fi thriller Source Code. Directed by Duncan Jones (who previously made the incredible Moon), the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. If you aren’t familiar with the film, Gyllenhaal stars as a soldier who wakes up in the body of a stranger on a Chicago commuter train: “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.”
Anyway, I recently got to visit Duncan Jones in the edit bay with Peter from /film and Alex from First Showing. While there Jones showed us the first 10 minutes of the film and then we conducted an in depth interview which covered how he got involved in the project, what drew him to this material as his follow up to Moon, how tough is it to promote a movie when the mystery of what’s happening is critical to the story, how he shot on both 35mm and digital and why, the editing process, filming the action, and so much more. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview, and I’ve also recorded a video blog with Peter about our reaction to the footage and the edit bay visit:
When I first heard that director Shawn Levy was making a robot boxing movie, I’ll admit to thinking it sounded like a really stupid idea. After all, the guy who made Pink Panther and the Night at the Museum movies taking on robot boxing? Um…no thanks. But after sitting in the editing room the other day with Levy and having him show me (along with a few other reporters) about ten minutes of the movie, consider me ready to enter the ring to fight alongside Hugh Jackman.
While I’ll explain what the movie is about and have a lot more details about what I learned after the jump, I want to immediately talk about something that absolutely floored me during the presentation.
Like all of you, when I watch a movie, I can tell when an effect is done by computers and when it’s real. Meaning, when it’s been done practically. However, for the first time in my life, I saw some footage that made me lose track of what was real and what was created in a computer. I had to pick my jaw off the floor after watching it. And Levy told us it was only 80% completed. Hit the jump for more:
When I woke up yesterday morning, I knew very little about the 3rd Transformers movie besides the title (Transformers: Dark of the Moon). However, due to spending 3 hours with Michael Bay and the fact that he was willing to show us the teaser trailer, a montage of footage from the entire movie, and then he took the visiting journalists into his private editing suite and showed a huge chuck of footage from the final 3rd of the film, I know a tremendous amount about what’s almost certainly his last Transformers film. And if it really is his last one, I think he’s going to go out with a huge home-run.
So here’s what you need to know: while Bay asked us not to reveal any of the spoilers we learned while visiting his editing room, he talked to us for over two hours over lunch and he discussed making the movie, why he used 3D cameras, what made him cast Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Megan Fox’s replacement, editing in 3D, how much was shot in 3D and how much will be post converted, and so much more. If you’re a fan of the Transformers franchise, you really should hit the jump: