Duncan Jones brings you closer

One of Twitter’s mantras is "Twitter brings you closer". They especially like to emphasise how Twitter can makes watching TV show a more immersive and personal experience. Over Christmas I came across a great example first-hand of Twitter ‘bringing me closer’, which I thought I’d share.

'Moon' is one of my favourite movies of the last few years, a beautiful, intelligent, haunting sci-fi film that harked back to an age when Science Fiction was about big ideas and not big budgets. So seeing it in the Christmas schedule as part of a double bill with Blade Runner, I made an appointment to view. I mostly stayed off Twitter during the film as, despite many previous viewings, I was still completely engrossed. I did pull my phone out to tweet this however during a particularly heart wrenching scene, if only to distract myself from the sadness of it:

I then spotted in my timeline that someone had retweeted this tweet from Duncan Jones, the director of Moon, talking about the same point in the film.

It turns out that, having himself spotted in the Radio Times that Moon was going to be making it’s ‘proper telly’ premiere, Duncan Jones had decided to arrange a tweetalong with himself and various members of the crew, including Concept Artist and VFX Supervisor, Gavin Rothery and composer, Clint Mansell amongst many others. You can see a more comprehensive storify of the tweetalong but here are some highlights.

Making a quick reference to Blade Runner which aired directly afterwards:

Talking about how they got Kevin Spacey on board:

Expaining some of the thinking behind GERTY and comparisons with HAL from 2001: A space Odyssey:

Clint Mansell talking about his score:

A nod to Chesney Hawkes’ ‘The One and Only’ featuring in the film:

Chesney himself even got involved:

The reasoning behind featuring ping pong in the film:

Duncan talking about his cameo as a female computer voice:

This is just a small selection and I highly recommend fans of the film visit the storify page.

It was great to go through all the tweets after the movie ended (with Blade Runner on in the background). Not only was it interesting hearing little tidbits about the film, but there was something about the fact all these people were watching and talking about the film at the same time as you that made it somehow much more personal than something like a DVD commentary. Twitter really did make the experience much more intimate and engaging.

by Ted Littledale

5 January 2013