I saw Blade Runner for the first time when I was a child. I didn’t realize it at first, but this movie was going to have a huge impact on my life. I have wanted to create something as awe-inspiring as that ever since.
It is arguably the greatest science fiction film of all-time, and even the most influential, and not just of the last thirty years. You can find its progeny in everything from Twelve Monkeys to Akira (despite the fact that both films were also based on other source material[s]) to even seemingly unrelated films; Christopher Nolan cited Blade Runner as a huge source of inspiration for Batman Begins. Blade Runner’s visual style, philosophical underpinnings, and melancholic, somber tone, have made a huge mark on art, anime, and music. In fact, so many directors and writers have been influenced by the movie that it seems that anybody trying to get anywhere in Hollywood needs to not only have seen this movie but hold it near and dear to the heart.
Perhaps the first and most noticeable aspect of Blade Runner is the breadth and scope of its visuals. Blade Runner goes beyond the beck-and-call of visual wonder, and literally immerses you into a world so unlike our own, and yet so similar. It’s one thing to take an already existing city, one that’s alive, and film it. It’s another to not only actually and literally build one from the ground up but to make it feel alive. In the majority of (sci-fi) films, when watching, one feels merely like an outsider looking into a fictional world. With Blade Runner, you actually feel like you are in their world, a part of it, experiencing it.
I’m very excited that there will be a sequel and I can’t wait to see it!
Here you can see BLADE RUNNER 2049 Trailer Tease
The original Blade Runner Sketchbook is a fascinating look into the minds of the people responsible for the film that would go onto become one of the most iconic and influential movies of the 1980s. Largely designed by the futurist Syd Mead, the vision of the world 40 years into the future (in 1982) was designed to be gritty, realistic and not at all like the antiseptic visions of the future that were so common at the time.
I added some of the pages from the book below for those who want a glimpse inside, all of the sketches contained herein were drawn before filming began and it’s clear that the world we see in Blade Runner was formed for the first time on these pages.