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How The Sets for Blade Runner 2049 Were Made...Interesting

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    How The Sets for Blade Runner 2049 Were Made...Interesting

    We plan to watch this movie at home, don't want to sit in the theater for 3 hours. More story and photos HERE.

    Anybody who’s seen Blade Runner 2049 will know how stunning it is. Even if you didn’t like the movie itself, it’s almost impossible not to gaze in awe at the incredible visuals on offer in Denis Villeneuve’s incredible follow-up to the 1982 classic. What’s even more impressive is that instead of solely relying on CGI for everything, the filmmakers actually used miniature models for many of the scenes. Well, we say “miniature” but as you can see, there’s really nothing miniature about them!

    “They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” says Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager, in the video below. And few people could disagree when they see the 14.8ft (4.5m) high L.A.P.D building, the pyramid-shaped Wallace Towers that could only be lifted by crane, and the Trash Mesa that nearly filled the whole floor of the studio. “They’re just stellar pieces of art,” she states with pride.




    The “bigatures” were made by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company from New Zealand (co-founded by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson) which has also worked on such blockbusters as Thor: Ragnarok and Ghost in the Shell. Around 38 models were made in total, and “each building would probably take about a week to make,” said Ben Milsom, the miniature unit’s senior art director, emphasizing that they were “mega high detailed.” Scroll down to see the incredible results.


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    That is fascinating. I'd much rather make these sets than be in front of the cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiling Jane View Post
    That is fascinating. I'd much rather make these sets than be in front of the cameras.
    I know that the public would prefer that I worked on sets instead of being in front of the camera I understand about not wanting to sit in a theater for that long these days but this movie is one of those that look much better in the theater. Of course at home you don't have to worry about the excessive noise and the glow emitted from cell phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkinPhx View Post
    I know that the public would prefer that I worked on sets instead of being in front of the camera I understand about not wanting to sit in a theater for that long these days but this movie is one of those that look much better in the theater. Of course at home you don't have to worry about the excessive noise and the glow emitted from cell phones.
    When I go to the movies now, I prefer a matinee in the middle of the week. There are only a few other people, we sit pretty far apart and I've never heard anyone talking out loud or using a cellphone. It's a fairly stress-free way to see a movie, and no teen boys.

    I only see movies in a theater if I know they won't work as well on a smaller screen.

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    I've been to the Weta workshop and the work they do is very impressive.

    It is an example of a small country using brains and creativity to establish an industry that is used by film makers from all around the world without resorting to being the cheapest. Excellence will always attract customers.
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