The Making of Blade Runner 2049
Without doubt my most anticipated film of 2017 is Blade Runner 2049.
In part because I’m a fan of the original (like most people!) and because it’s being directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is definitely one of my favourite directors.
Pair that with stunning visuals from Director of Photography Roger Deakins, incredible production design from Dennis Gassner and a gripping soundtrack from Jóhann Jóhannsson, topped off with editing from Joe Walker and it’s essentially a dream team!
You can hear a lot more from many of the same filmmakers in this round up post on the Making of Arrival.
The film comes out on October the 6th.
It does annoy me that these days we have to have a explosive up front grab, but here is the official full trailer for Blade Runner 2049.
If you want to be able to download high res audio versions of these trailers, then check out thedigitaltheater.com which has numerous files for each trailer.
UPDATE – Trailer 2!
The recently released second trailer delivers a lot more story points as well as new characters and arresting visuals.
Update – International TV Spot 1
The first international TV spot brings with it a few more enticing shots, characters and plot details!
— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) August 29, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 Short Films
With only about a month to go before the release of the film, there are three short films coming to the web highlighting some of key events that occur between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.
Here is the first, 2036: Nexus Dawn, directed by Sir Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott. Luke was second unit director on Ridley’s The Martian (check out this detailed making of post) and had his feature directorial debut last year with Morgan.
In the second short film, 2048: Nowhere to Run, Luke Scott again directs a small glimpse into the Blade Runner world before 2049.
The book featured in this short is Graham Greene’s The Power and The Glory.
Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little worldly “whiskey priest” is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers. – John Updike
This preview showcases the third and final short film, Blade Runner Black Out 2022, from anime director, Shinichiro Watanabe. The short itself comes out on September 26th.
Behind the Scenes on Blade Runner 2049
In this behind the scenes featurette you can hear from Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott, Director Denis Villeneuve and DP Roger Deakins with a few teases about the making of the film.
There’s not much actual meat to the behind the scenes work, but you do get a chance to see a few more shots than in the trailers.
I’ve never worked on a film with so many sets and different lighting patterns. Technically it’s quite challenging. – Roger Deakins.
I’ll be updating this post over time, so check back regularly!
Wired’s cover article this month is focused on Blade Runner 2049 with a characteristically detailed and sprawling article on the impact of the first film on popular culture, as well as the 35 year road to making the sequel.
Ridley Scott swears he doesn’t think too much about the past. Ask him if he feels validated that the world seems to have finally caught up with Blade Runner and he’ll give you a cockeyed stare and a shrug: “I don’t give a shit.”
“No, I don’t give a shit,” he says. “I’ve got a movie shooting in Rome in two weeks. The important thing to do is move forward and never look back.”
There’s plenty of interesting details on the original film’s difficult production process, the decision to pick Denis Villeneuve as the director, experiences on set and in the edit suite and a few interesting details on the production design, cinematography and more!
Blade Runner Inspired Filmmaking Fun
I came across this making of video on Redshark News’ YouTube channel about two Croatian filmmakers who are making a ‘Blade Runner inspired short film’ called Slice of Life.
As you can see from the video a little ingenuity, a lot of hard work and some neat visual effects delivers a very realistic 80s looking film.
— Mathieu Marano (@ilovehue) May 8, 2017
The Making of the Original Blade Runner
To accompany Wired’s extensive article about Blade Runner 2049 there are a series of short interview films with various members of the cast and crew. (Including a not so interesting one from director Denis Villeneuve and a more entertaining but fluffy video with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling messing about.)
In this fascinating scene breakdown from Blade Runner director Ridley Scott you can learn a great deal of filmmaking tips and tricks that went into the scene in which Deckard meets Rachel for the first time, including how to create replicant eyes with practical effects.
Nerdwriter has a great video essay on the iconic interweaving sound design, musicals score and dialogue within the original Blade Runner. He draws out some really interesting insights, which will no doubt be relevant to the final sound of the upcoming 2049.
If you want to take an educated and retrospective dive into the making of the original Blade Runner, then this hour long documentary from film critic Mark Kermode is well worth a watch. Originally broadcast on the U.K’s Channel 4 back in 2000.
How to Make the Blade Runner Origami Unicorn
In 32 steps you’ll be able to make your own… jump over to the full site to learn how to make both the unicorn, chicken and match stick men, featured in the film.
If you want to see a 15 minute tutorial on how to do it then you can also watch this video from Duke Harper, which has been viewed over 34,000 times!
Personally the step by step diagram seems easier to follow…