New Featurette for 'Blade Runner 2049' Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes

June 21, 2017
Source: People

Blade Runner 2049 Featurette

"The story. The themes. The stunning visual environments. It was a pleasure getting back to the world of Blade Runner again." Warner Bros has unveiled a behind-the-scenes featurette for Blade Runner 2049, the sci-fi sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve. This is easily one of our most anticipated, and the more they show us, the better it looks. Holy crap. This direct sequel takes place 30 years after the original story, and stars Ryan Gosling as the new LAPD Officer who must find Deckard, who has been missing all this time. Harrison Ford returns to play Deckard, and the new cast of 2049 also includes Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and David Dastmalchian. All the footage in this looks stunning, and I love that everyone in this video talks about how daunting and impressive every aspect of it is. I'm so happy this movie looks this amazing. Cannot wait.

Here's the behind-the-scenes featurette for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, from People:

Blade Runner 2049 Behind-the-Scenes

You can still watch the very first teaser for Blade Runner 2049 here, or the first official trailer here.

Thirty years after the events of the first science fiction film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, of the films Polytechnique, Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival previously. The screenplay is by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green; based on a story by Hampton Fancher; originally adapted from Philip K. Dick's sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". Warner Bros will release Blade Runner 2049 in theaters everywhere on October 6th later this fall. For more follow @bladerunner. Looking good?

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    Seems like we'll need a doco on how to make a remake.
  • Bo
    I don't like it already. I don't like the look of it. Deakins is a great DP...when he shoots on film...a la No Country For Old Men, etc. But this digital stuff suffers heavy in comparison to the original film, shot on film, by Jordan Cronenweth. It's simply not even close for me and never will be. I could go on and on about it, but why bother? Digital is here to stay and film has seen it's day. Much to my despair, but it is what it is. I'll take a look at this when it runs on cable and am interested in how it's greeted by critics and audiences when it breaks.
    • Would you even go as far as saying it's....artificial looking? 😉
      • Bo
        That would work, sure. I just don't like the 'soft' look and the huge difference between interiors from exteriors and even the different lighting and contrasts and color in the different exteriors. Too many exteriors have that wished out look and the blue sky is blue but white. Ugh...lol...I just don't like digital. However, I loved The Drop with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schonenarts. Loved it....and it was shot on digital. So I've got to reckon with that...lol...of course, most of it was interiors, but even the exteriors of him and her outside of her house worked for me. Hmmmmmm......
        • I get it. Film provides that different texture and color. When I referenced artificial, I was subtly suggesting that maybe digital is actually fitting for this movie, as it's a representation of the movie itself which deals with "artificial" humans. Did you see Sicario?
          • Bo
            Hey, Raw! Yea, I saw Sicario and liked parts of it. I really liked the beginning and the ominous music as we come upon the house and move in towards it. Excellent. I had lots of problems with the movie thru out and the look of the digital photography was certainly one of those problems...for me. I get your point on digital, this movie, the artificial angle and it being fitting....but I think that's a bit of a stretch aesthetically. All that would be so obvious to me as to make it impossible to suspend my disbelief...which is hard for me to do anyway as I've so much experience working on films, etc. I'm just not an ordinary audience member. I'm always very aware I'm watching a movie, that it's all artificial and fake and therefore not real. I'm cool with that as I now watch films more analytically meaning the process of discovering why that edit, that shot and angle, that dialogue, etc....and enjoy watching films much more this way rather than just as a viewer suspending disbelief. Did that make sense? I was watching the Cary Grant Hitchcock To Catch A Thief last night and loved and marveled at the Technicolor photography of the French Rivera and thought that digital will never come close to that look. It's just a different aesthetic. I'm an old guy who has watched many, many films shot on film and love that aesthetic. Digital is a whole other ballgame and no one I prefer. So even though this movie is dealing with artificial humans, it would still look much better shot on film...lol...Cheers.
          • I can respect that. I don't have the eye though. Saw the Hateful Eight in 70 mm and everyone was "oooing" and "ahhhing" over how VIBRANT and COLORFUL it was. Myself? I couldn't tell the slightest bit of difference. Plus it was a long, boring mediocre movie in my humble opinion.
          • Bo
            It was a long, boring mediocre movie. I watched it in bits and pieces on cable and had a rough time doing that. I've never been a Tarantino fan and can say that I've not liked any of his movies Having said that, however, the photography on Eight was magnificent because Richardson shot on film...65 or 70mm or whatever. But that was all that was good regarding that film. You have actually helped me understand a little more regarding this acceptance of digital with your honest revealing the 'you don't have the eye'. Yea, sadly, for me, most people today can't even tell the difference. That simply astonishes me! It really does. I admire and respect your honesty, Raw. Thanks, bud. Cheers.
  • foreigncontaminant
    "Based on a story by Ridley Scott" Uh oh.
    • He's talking about the sequel I suppose.
    • That was originally the credit, I guess... In terms of the sequel being "based" on the story from Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner, which is (obviously) adapted from Philip K. Dick's story.
  • I'm not a huge fan of the original in terms of an actual scifi film. However, I AM a fan of the universe, the art direction and the ideas behind it. I'm interested in where they take it. BTW, which cut is your preferred cut?
    • The Director's cut of course.
  • It's hard to beat the first one, but with Dennis Villeneuve at the Helm i think it will be amazing. Dennis Villeneuve made the best movies of the last 10 years. Every movie of him is above avarage, so if someone can do this is its him. Ps ridley Scott is a master of movie making, and belongs in the wallhalla with Steven Spielberg and the koen Brothers.
    • Agreed. About Villeneuve...
      • About Villeneuve??? So making the classical movies alien, gladiator,bladerunner doesn't count for something. Nobody, except the nerds says:hee it's a Villeneuve movie, so lets see it, because 90% doesn't know who Villeneuve is. Villeneuve had a long way the go before coming a ridley Scott...
        • I think Ridley Scott is a great filmmaker who has made many, many excellent films. But I mainly agree that with Denis Villeneuve at the helm, this is going to turn out amazing.
        • foreigncontaminant
          Ridley is great with visuals. All of his films look amazing. Many of them are even distinctly "Ridley" in style. A mark of an auteur, is to be able to tell they directed something, without knowing they directed it. But as he never writes his films, Ridley is at the mercy of other writers, and has to make good choices when it comes to films. And unfortunately, he does not always make good choices. A good third, or more, of his films are decidedly mediocre. Examples: GI Jane 1492 Prometheus. And it's recent sequel: 2 Fast 2 Metheus.
          • True said, a master. And every director has some misses...




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