Behind the Scenes of the Film 'Blade Runner 2049'

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.

Blade Runner 2049: Behind the scenes

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.

Blade Runner 2049: Behind the scenes

Blade Runner 2049: A miniature of the big city (not all was CGI)

They even used a DSLR to film this scene (I'm sure Roger Deakins, the DP, has a very good reason to do that).

Blade Runner 2049: Using a DSLR

Blade Runner 2049: Using a DSLR

Blade Runner 2049: Snow scene

Blade Runner 2049: Harrison Ford

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:

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Samuel Flores Sanchez's picture

First "Fury Road" now this... I think I died and this is the filmmaker's heaven

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

The cinematography here is really spectacular.

Samuel Flores Sanchez's picture

Yeah, you can see in the trailer! I hope the story to live up to the visual aspects. Is a particular case. When I see today Bladerunner, a lot of things in the story are unreal if you think in literal terms, but is a poetic film, full of symbolism and meanings which let you with more questions than answers, important questions.

But we have some recent example of this approach. Scott took some serious heat with Prometheus from the people who only get the literal lecture.

So, I hope the creators take the same approach than the first film and don't try to make a literal film.

Because, no matter how good the cinematography can be, if there's not a good story behind, the film is going to be a flop. No matter what, is gonna be compared to the first and it's a hard test.

Anyway, I'm very excited!!!

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

Roger Deakins is one of my all-time favorites.

Scott says the script was the best he directed so far. We'll see.

I have been waiting since 1982 for a sequel so I will park my ass in the cinema, the moment it appears.

There are a few films with stunning camera work. One of those is the Revenant. It is not a particularly cheery movie but the cinematography is stunning. It was all shot with ambient light and absolutely no artificial lighting was used. I can't imagine how hard that must have been. And the colouring and camerawork of Fury Road is magnificent

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

Yeah, those DPs know how to make it look good. The worst thing for a DP is to do a great job on a film with a bad story.