MOVIE RETRIEVER: Let's start with something that you might not get asked about every day - the score. Clint Mansell's (The Fountain) excellent work is my favorite of the year and almost acts like another character in the film. Can you speak about the importance of his work on Moon?
DUNCAN JONES: Clint's big time. The opportunity to have him on this film didn't seem very likely. We thought he would be way out of our budget. I had met him before. I knew him a little bit from before we had made the film. I knew I could get to him. It was just whether or not he'd be willing to do it. We'd shot the film and we had already started doing the cut and in the offline as a temporary track, we had been using some Requiem for a Dream tracks and some stuff from The Insider as well. Clint's was the music that I really wanted us to have. My producer and I talked about and thought all he could do is say no, so let's get in touch with him. I went the indirect route
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