Whether or not you are a filmmaker, making-of videos will always teach you new things. You can see how scenes have been shot, what cameras have been used, what lights were set up, if visual effects were used or it was a real shot, how the set was designed, and more. In a series of videos we will take a peak behind the scenes of the movie "Blade Runner 2049."
Learning from the masters is always preferable even if they work with tools that are way more expensive than we can afford, and on sets that are way bigger than we can find or build. That should not discourage us, because the principles the works of the masters are based upon are what we have to take with us. Even before I started making films I watched such informative videos learning how the cinematic image was crafted.
One of the most striking differences between the films we do and the films that are on the big screen is the massive sets such movies are shot on. Although "Blade Runner 2049" has a lot of VFX, they tried to shoot as much as possible on real locations, which sometimes were miniatures.
They even used a DSLR to film this scene (I'm sure Roger Deakins, the DP, has a very good reason to do that).
A few more glimpses behind the curtains can be seen in this next video where they talk about some of the props and locations used in the movie: