Behind The Scenes Interesting

Douglas Trumbull on Blade Runner

Special effects guru Douglas Trumbull has posted a video on his official site about the visual effects behind the famous opening of Blade Runner (1982).

The first of a three part series, he talks about the “Hades Landscape”, the use of brass miniatures lit from below, the Tyrell Pyramid, how the explosions were created and the connection with Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point (1970).

It makes for fascinating viewing and some of the craftsmanship that went into this sequence is mind-boggling.

Watch the video by clicking here.

UPDATE: There are other videos on the SFX in Blade Runner here.

> Douglas Trumbull
> Blade Runner at Wikipedia

Interesting Viral Video

Blade Runner Revisited >3.6 Gigapixels

This experimental short film by François Vautier is a stunning tribute to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

Made as a unique picture with a resolution of 3.6 gigapixels, it uses 167,819 frames from Blade Runner: The Final Cut.

BLADE RUNNER revisited >3.6 gigapixels from françois vautier on Vimeo.

Vautier describes how he put it together:

1> First Step : The “Picture” of the film
I extracted the 167,819 frames from ‘Blade Runner’ (final cut version,1h51mn52s19i). Then I assembled all these images to obtain one gigantic image of colossal dimensions : a square of approximately 60,000 pixels on one side alone, 3.5 gigapixels (3500 million pixels)

2> Second Step : An Illusion
I placed a virtual camera above this big picture. So what you see is like an illusion, because contrary to appearances there is only one image. It is in fact the relative movement of the virtual camera flying over this massive image which creates the animated film, like a film in front of a projector.

Notice how the whole concept echoes one of the signature scenes from the film where Deckard enhances an image via voice recognition software.

> Blade Runner at Wikipedia
> More videos by François Vautier on Vimeo


Real life locations used in famous Sci-Fi films

Oobject has posted an interesting list of real life locations used in notable sci-fi films.

The list includes:

> Check out the full list over at Oobject
> A list of films with interesting architecture at the University of Waterloo
> Architechnophilia – blog on architecture