- The most helpful reference I found is the blog of Gavin Rothery who did the concept design and graphics for the movie (you can hear him in one of the two commentary tracks on the BluRay/DVD). Between August 18 and October 20, 2011, Gavin blogged about many details of the making of the artwork on his blog "They never went to the Moon". Here one gets first-hand background information and an incredible amount of details, including the making of the set, the making of GERTY 3000, designing the logos, and even an alternative ending of the movie. I also found this interview with Gavin Rothery.
- "The Prop Gallery" is featuring a nice set of images from the making of GERTY 3000.
- The page "Typeset in the Future" is a fantastic resource for typography in SciFi movies. Even if you are not a typography nerd, this is a very interesting read and it's pointing out some really interesting details for some iconic SciFi movies, that you may otherwise have missed. Although the web pages are great, I would still recommend buying the book. It is rather inexpensive and really beautiful. And here is a direct link to the page's section about Moon.
- A large set of production photos on Flickr.
- An nice article on the costume design in Moon.
- Some genius who created a 3D model of GERTY 3000, was so kind to share this in the forums at therpf.com in this thread (in the first post). This was very helpful for my build!
- A beautiful build at a 1/6th scale: the build blog, and videos of testing the screen and the full unit.
In addition, I will add a few practical features like a tea timer, an alarm clock for regular scheduled meetings, and maybe options to display weather information and news. The Raspberry Pi should also be able to do voice recognition which would really be impressive ("GERTY, display the news", "GERTY, start the tea timer"), but that may be some substantial programming effort, and I'm not sure if I really want to pursue that. But I do not have to decide that now...
The faces ("Gerticons") are the essential elements that allow GERTY to express emotions. Gavin Rothery's original images, that were supposed to play on the 7" DVD player look like this.
For the movie, however, they replaced these with CGI images like these two, more yellow, and on a blue background that becomes darker towards the corners.
While waiting for the delivery of the LCD screen, I am creating the Gerticons to look like the CGI versions that we see in the movie, with the 1024x600 pixel resolution of my screen. Starting with an empty blue screen that is darker towards the corners...