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“‘Blade Runner’ is simply one of those cinematic drugs, that when I first saw it, I never saw the world the same way again,” said Guillermo del Toro told one interviewer, when describing why “Blade Runner” was one of his five favorite films of all-time. For a whole generation of filmmakers – including the cinematographers, productions designers and visual effects artists – a direct line can be drawn between “Blade Runner” and the imagery of modern sci-fi movie.In the 35 years in which “Blade Runner” has gone from “cult classic” to the most anticipated franchise sequel of the year, it’s hard to find a futuristic film in 2017 that isn’t in some way rooted in the visual world building of this seminal film.The popular science fiction sub-genre juxtaposes a technologically-advanced future with the breakdown of social order (in other words, a technological dystopia).The exploration of the moral and philosophical quandaries that would come with computers and artificial intelligence was present in science fiction books dating back to the ’60s and ’70s – including Phillip K.© 1982 The Blade Runner Partnership, All RIghts Reserved Often one of the first things that is written about “Blade Runner” is that despite its cold, emotionally distant future, the film feels nostalgic.There’s an element of melancholy incorporated into the story, one that’s deeply rooted in its visual design.The widely copied “Blade Runner” aesthetic is often referred to now in rather reductive terms of “trash-chic” – that sense that the antiquated artifacts of the world we know would become the crumbling facade or urban decay of the future.It’s not only that we recognize Los Angeles, but ingrained in the production design as the backstory of how the world has changed.
Ridley Scott and his team of incredible technicians built a futuristic Los Angeles that was the perfect extension of the near-future dystopia sci-fi authors were writing about in their books.
This gave Scott the ability to create incredible atmosphere and detail with longer lens compositions so the world didn’t simply look empty, but could contain dramatic scenes.
In later years, as the pressure to create digitally-enhanced worlds increased, “Blade Runner” still serves at the model of how to create atmosphere and make these backdrops seem real.
Screenshot Scott and his collaborators embraced neon colors as a key aspect of the “Blade Runner” palette.
Although the film was set in Los Angeles, it was very clearly touching upon a recognizable future based on the abundance of neon that dominated commercial districts of ’80s Asian cities like Hong Kong.