“Making of Rachel” featurette

Blade Runner 2049” will surely remain in history at least for 2 reasons – it has incredible, mesmerizing visuals that have more to with real art than digital special effects. Secondly, it is a rare successful and thoughtful sequel of a cult film that really expands this fascinating and dark universe.

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Still, digital effects in this film were as impressive as just everything else. In fact, only now I realized that Rachel was digitally modified… that never happened to me before! Even in some recent Star Wars installments with their stellar budgets it was pretty clear when somebody (like Peter Cushing…) was artificially re-created. But not here.

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It lasts around 2 minutes. Consider switching the audio off – there’s some stupid annoying song that has nothing to do with the film.

What Philip K. Dick Really Thought of ‘Blade Runner’?

In short… “It will prove invincible”.

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Concept art by Syd Mead. © 1982 The Blade Runner Partnership. All rights reserved.

It’s well known that the author never saw the entire film – Philip K. Dick died too early. But he did visit the production set, and there was a special screening organized just for the writer. “Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner“, a recent book by Paul M. Sammon says that after watching the footage Dick didn’t say a word and just sat there like a statue for 20 minutes.

Totally silent.

Then he asked to see the footage again. The writer praised what he saw infinitely, saying that the whole spirit of what he imagined when writing the book was totally transformed to the screen.

This is the letter Philip K. Dick wrote to the production company responsible after seeing the footage.

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The old man got it right.

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And for dessert, ladies and gentlemen, we have more concept art by Syd Mead, who also worked on “Aliens“, “TRON” and many other futuristic projects.

 

(All images used in this post belong to 1982 The Blade Runner Partnership. All rights reserved. ©)