Duncan Jones Visited ILM to Oversee Progress on Warcraft Movie’s FX

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Duncan Jones tweeted he is supervising work done at ILM to oversee progress on the Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft movie. After sending him a quick tweet about what his visit’s purpose is, he replied: “We have a huge amount of FX work, so I go on regular trips to ILM to mess up everyone’s comfortable routine! ;)”

For those wondering what ILM stands for, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is an American Academy Award-winning motion picture visual effects company — a division of Lucasfilm. You can browse their past works over at the ILM.com website.

Warcraft Film – Duncan Jones Says CGI is a tool that can be done well

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Director Duncan Jones has been on fire tweeting short statements on his twitter account about the Warcraft film and about CGI in general, in response to criticism toward CGI as a tool in some films. He must be very excited to see how the Warcraft film is coming along in post-production. What do you think?

Duncan said recently: “I would say that we fit somewhere between Planet of the Apes, Fellowship of the Ring and Avatar.”

“The best CGI has you forgetting its CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be.”

“Like props. No one has an issue with “props” in film, do they?”

“Weta also made planet of the Apes. The style is a choice made by the creative team. How the tool is used, not the tool itself!”

“You know as well as I do, game to film adaptions have a checkered past, but Im proud of this beast. It’s unique. Its something special.” (source)


Today, Duncan said: “I hear this “CGI in film sucks,” mantra again & again. It doesnt. Its a tool like any other. It can be done well & it can be done shit.”


Ramin Djawadi Scoring Warcraft Movie Music Theme

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Ramin Djawadi Scoring Warcraft MovieManMadeMovies (UK) spotted and got a translation of an interview made by chinese movie-site Mtime to the Warcraft Movie director Duncan Jones. Duncan revealed Ramin Djawadi is scoring the music theme for the Warcraft Movie. Ramin Djawadi is a music composer known for his scoring of Iron Man (2008), Pacific Rim (2013) and Prison Break (2005).

This is the first time Duncan Jones has been interviewed about the Warcraft Movie after BlizzCon 2014. In addition, ILM Jeff White (known for Marvel’s Hulk) is visual effects supervisor of the Warcraft Movie along with Bill Westenhofer.

Below is a video of one of Ramin’s score for the Game of Thrones (HBO). The Warcraft Movie is slated to premiere in theaters on March 11, 2016.

BlizzCon 2014 Warcraft Movie Trailer Impressions by Yanmo Zhang

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Director Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures welcomed fans to the Warcraft Movie museum where they displayed armor, weapons and props used during the filming. In addition, fans were able to watch an exclusive Warcraft Movie trailer with actors in action and landscape visuals. Bad news is no one will ever watch the Warcraft Movie trailer online.

Our staff member DPerschonok (Naka) watched it, and no one was allowed to take photos nor video. Good thing there is nothing stopping artists from recreating it.

Yanmo Zhang — a Blizzard Entertainment freelance artist from China — was invited to BlizzCon 2014 by the video games studio. After drooling over the Warcraft Movie trailer (and watching it three times no less), he decided to use his talent to recreate some of the scenes he watched to share them with fans across the world.

BlizzCon 2014 – Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel Transcript

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Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) interviewed the BlizzCon 2014 Warcraft Movie Presentation panelists: Duncan Jones (Warcraft Movie director), Chris Metzen (Co-producer/writer), Bill Westenhofer (visual effects supervisor), and Rob Kazinsky (Orgrim/actor).

We have a full transcript of the panel to share with you. Learn the latest Warcraft Movie updates straight from the source. Use the navigator at the bottom of the page to browse through all 4-pages. Submit transcript corrections here.


BlizzCon 2014 – Warcraft Movie Actor Roles Revealed

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The Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel at BlizzCon 2014 revealed the roles of many actors. Stay tuned for the panel transcript sometime during the next couple of weeks.

Lothar – Travis Fimmel
Durotan – Toby Kebbell
Medivh – Ben Foster
Gul’dan – Daniel Wu
Lady Taria Wrynn – Ruth Negga
Blackhand – Clancy Brown
Khadgar – Ben Schnetzer
Garona – Paula Patton
King Llane Wrynn – Dominic Cooper
Orgrim Doomhammer – Robert Kazinsky

Duncan Jones’ Face Looking at Naked Orcs in Warcraft Movie

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Duncan Jones tweeted this humorous photo of a trio of geniuses looking at some visual effect photos of a naked orc.

Now if at least he could have shared a censored photo of what they were looking at. =/

You tease…

Paul Hirsch, Bill Westenhoffer & I looking at new vfx shots from @ILMVFX. So THATS what orcs look like naked…


Warcraft Movie Preview Expected at BlizzCon 2014

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A year ago, when asked during the Warcraft Movie panel Q&A when there would be a preview, Duncan Jones answered “next year’s BlizzCon panel is going to have a hell of a lot of interesting things to show.”

The BlizzCon 2014 schedule shows the Warcraft Movie Presentation panel will happen on Friday, November 7th between 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM PST. It is very likely a movie preview is shown. Those who won’t attend BlizzCon may still purchase the virtual ticket to watch online.

If you missed the movie presentation panel last year, we have a full transcript.

Check out other panel transcripts in our BlizzCon 2013 Panel Transcripts Archive.

SDCC 2014 – Duncan Jones Signing at Blizzard Booth Photos

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Photos have begun to flood the social networks showing Duncan Jones signing Warcraft Movie posters at the Blizzard Entertainment booth# 115.

Blizzplanet staff member Danny (@dperschonok) was among the lucky fans to get one of the 200 tickets for this signing event. He’s extremely happy to have gotten a Warcraft Movie poster signed by Duncan Jones.



SDCC 2014 – Official Warcraft Movie Logo Revealed

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Legendary Pictures has revealed the official Warcraft movie logo in the eve of San Diego Comic Con. Those heading down to SDCC should grab their tickets early at 11am at the Blizzard booth # 115 (Hall A). Only 200 tickets will be given. Those lucky ones to get a ticket will be able to take the line for the Duncan Jones signing.


Blizzplanet staff member @dperschonok (Naka) will be at the Blizzard panel and the Warcraft Movie panel. Make sure to check us back for any updates. We’ll have video and HD photos.

Duncan Jones Signing—Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m.

Duncan Jones, director of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie, will be at our booth signing autographs for 200 lucky attendees. In order to get a chance to be included in the signing, stop by our Blizzard booth at 11 a.m. on Saturday to receive a ticket to participate. These tickets are being given on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to plan a stop at our booth early. But wait, there’s more! On Friday, during #LootCrazy redemption between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., we will be giving away one golden ticket as a prize. This rare treasure will grant the holder the chance to have a one-on-one chat with Duncan Jones!

Legendary Entertainment Panel

Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films.

When: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 12:25pm – 1:10pm
Where: Hall H


Warcraft Movie: Ben Foster Plays Medivh the Last Guardian

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IGN interviewed X-Men: The Last Stand actor Ben Foster who revealed he plays the role of Medivh the Last Guardian in the Warcraft Movie. Foster also had the chance to see some test footage of motion-capture and mentions while Medivh doesn’t have any motion-capture, there are characters and creatures in his proximity onscreen that do use motion-capture.

Ben Foster: “The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer,” Foster revealed. “He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.” — source: IGN


Duncan Jones Wraps Up Warcraft Movie Filming. Post-Production Begins

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Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones tweeted today at 8:07am the Warcraft movie has officially wrapped up filming. Chris Metzen, and Nick Carpenter are among the Blizzard developers currently in Vancouver celebrating and overseeing the production of the movie.

The behind-the-scenes crew will now begin post-production for a good chunk of their lives throughout the next couple of years. The Warcraft movie is slated to hit the big screen on March 11, 2016.


Joke or Tease? Duncan Jones Hinting Warcraft III Arthas Movie?

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Recently, the Empire Magazine had the awesome opportunity to show the first onstage behind-the-scenes photo of the Warcraft movie.

Last night, however, Duncan Jones posted the same photo shown in Empire Magazine with a different image on his computer monitor. Duncan Jones tweeted: “Kind of glad @empiremagazine touched up that behind the scenes picture before they published it.”


Duncan is kidding that the live action seen on his monitor in that Empire Magazine photo was photoshopped to look as if he was shooting that scene, but that in reality he was actually playing Warcraft III. Duncan shows in that tweet the same photo — but playing Warcraft III.

However, with Duncan Jones it is extremely difficult to figure out whether he was truly kidding, or if he is kidding+hinting.

Could Duncan Jones be hinting he plans to shoot a Warcraft III film? If so, would it be the next sequel, or would it be the third?

It’s difficult to think there wouldn’t be a Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and a Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal movie. Could he just skip all that and jump straight into a Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos movie?

Some time ago, during the casting audition calls, Production Weekly posted the description of the Warcraft Movie which cited text straight from the World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King book description.

The passion of Prince Arthas would look truly great in the big screen. A young Prince who ascends into the ranks of the Paladins in the ceremony celebrated in Stormwind. His romance with Jaina Proudmoore. His dark secret as he causes the dead of his loved horse Invincible. The plague of Andorhal. The Culling of Stratholme. His quest for vengeance in Northrend. The discovery of Frostmourne. His descend into madness. That really makes a great movie.

My job is to inform and to give you two or more possible options. What do you think? Was Duncan Jones kidding, or was he hinting a Warcraft III movie? — source

Warcraft Movie Ends Filming the Week of May 19-23

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Duncan Jones tweeted recently the Warcraft Movie has only 3 days more of filming. That tweet was posted on May 16, which means the filming ends this week of May 19-23. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact day. Depends whether they filmed Saturday and Sunday. Or only Saturday, or not on the weekend at all. What is certain is it ends this week. Finito.


From that moment forward Duncan Jones and Bill Westenhofer will focus on Post-Production for the next two years. The Warcraft movie will be launched on 2016.

However, Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull recently hinted IGN during the premiere of “Godzilla” that a Warcraft Movie footage might be shown at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.


Warcraft Movie Footage to Appear at SDCC 2014

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During the promotional presentation of Godzilla, Thomas Tull revealed to IGN that a video preview of the Warcraft Movie might be shown at San Diego Comic Con 2014 (SDCC). As mentioned by Duncan Jones at BlizzCon 2013, the movie is about the Alliance and the Horde. (Follow the link for the Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel transcript)

Thomas Tull: “We show up every summer at Comic-Con – we really enjoy it, and the fans seem to enjoy taking a look at things, so I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Thomas Tull refers to that in the IGN interview as focusing on two tribes. To decode that, in a nutshell, Duncan doesn’t want one of those fantasy movies like Lord of the Rings where the Humans fight monsters (mindless orcs). Duncan wants to film a movie based on the Alliance and the Horde. So we will see both sides, and get attached to one or both factions and their characters.


We will see Lothar and Durotan as heroes of their respective tribes. There is no such thing as a evil Lothar or an evil Durotan. Both tribes will do what they feel best for their people. We’ll see the point of view of both sides of the battlefield. That’s something we have rarely seen in a movie.

Last year not a single video of the mood piece came up in YouTube. Our correspondent staff member Naka (@dperschonok) will be at San Diego Comic Con. We’ll see if recording is allowed.


Warcraft Movie Filming Wraps Up in 3 Weeks

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Duncan Jones tweeted the filming of the Warcraft movie will be wrapped up in three weeks starting today. The Warcraft movie production began on January 13th, 2014 in Vancouver. By the time the production wraps up, filming has lasted about 4 months and a week.

“When are we going to see a teaser?” — You might ask.

Last year, Duncan Jones said during the BlizzCon 2013 Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel that fans should expect a preview trailer by BlizzCon 2014. (follow the link for the transcript)


This is an excerpt from our transcript of the Movie Presentation Panel where Duncan and Rob Pardo say a preview will be available this BlizzCon 2014. It is found at page 6.

Duncan: You know, I would say next year.

Pardo: Probably some time next year. It is one of those things like — I mean we haven’t even started filming yet. So that schedule is just not put together yet. I think a lot of times it is about a year out from the release they start doing previews and things like that?

Duncan: I would say that I think next year’s BlizzCon panel is going to have a hell of a lot of interesting things to show.

Pardo: There you go. So make sure you come to BlizzCon next year.

Pardo: Alright, I want to thank you all guys for coming to the panel, and especially thank you so much that Duncan and Bill have come to share all the information about the movie and all please give us a hand for making all these reveals possible. Wait until next BlizzCon where we’ll actually show more.