Duncan Jones, Director of Source Code – a Video Interview

Warren Etheredge recently interviewed Duncan Jones, the director of Source Code and Moon. Topics include: science fiction, filmmaking in an era of special effects, and the shifting nature of story in Hollywood. Jones also reflects on the speed at which science is progressing and the effect it is having on science fiction writers. Jones lists William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and J.G. Ballard as influences on his work.

An entertaining thirty minutes, the interview contains far more substance than is typically found on a publicity tour. Recommended.


The High Bar – Warren Etheredge and Duncan Jones, Director of Source Code

2 Responses

  1. Kathrine Roid

    “Time travel is in that gray area.” Understatement. 😉 I like how he chose to not keep trying to justify the technology and to work more on getting the audience to “take that leap of faith,” as he put it. That’s storytelling. Lay down the rules, stick to them yourself, and work on the purpose and point of the tale.

    “I like that. I like the fact they’re thinking about it and talking about it and not deciding what toppings they want on their pizza.” I like thinking and talking about instead of deciding my dinner too! Those are the movies I feel don’t insult my intelligence. But then I get hungry. The whole point of SF is the weirdness and strangeness and the close alien feel. I always appreciate SF movies ( and book too; all media in general) that keep strange and weird and alien all the way to the end and don’t resort to “protagonist beats the bad and a wins the girl and everyone goes home” for a closing.

    All his talking about his hopes about his next film are making me curious! You know, I never thought about film makers having to wait for technology and making decisions about whether it’s necessary or not. During that part of the interview I got one of my fleeting inspirations. Something about researching technology in filming and guessing where it would go in the future. . .

    “Until everything gets pirated and no one goes to the movies anymore.” Now I’m feeling guilty for watching a few movies on the web that I’m not sure are legally up.

    Does anyone know if those lectures he’s talking about put on by scientific experts at DGA are publicly available? They sound incredibly interesting. What he talked about. . . cool. I’m drooling over here.

    Very thought-provoking interview! When I sat down I thought I wouldn’t have the time/patient to finish it. Well, my patience kept coming and I made the time.

    Now I’m going to go watch Source Code again, to make it “repeatedly.” 😉