What I Learned (about filmmaking) From Watching: Blade Runner (1982)

What I Learned (about filmmaking) From Watching: Blade Runner (1982)

What can Blade Runner teach us about the art of filmmaking? 1982 was a big year for movies—an existential cyberpunk noir film had a tough time competing with Spielberg’s lovable E.T. and yet, Blade Runner has not only stood the test of time, but it is arguably more popular now than it has ever been. Join me as I take an in-depth look at the construction of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and how its cinematography techniques created such a fascinatingly detailed world.

This video is on The Final Cut version of the film.

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This video essay was written, edited, and narrated by Tyler Knudsen.

Blade Runner Comic:

Sources:

Convention Reel:

Starlog #52

Starlog #55

Starlog #58

Starlog #150

The Electric Dreamer – Remembering Philip K. Dick

The Look of “Blade Runner” – An Interview With Visionary Designer Syd Mead by Ed Naha

American Cinematographer Interview with Jordan Cronenweth:

Wallpaper textures by: designmag_dm and AF-studios (freaky665.deviantart.com)

Music:

“Blade Runner Theme” by Vangelis

“RSPN” by Blank & Kytt (
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“Backed Vibes Clean” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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