‘Blade Runner 2049’ VFX reel shows CG tricks behind bleak landscapes

There's no question that Blade Runner 2049 revolves around computer-generated effects, whether it's the retro-futuristic technology or its holographic AI personas. However, the CG is more pervasive than you might think. Rodeo FX has released a visual…
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The VFX reel for Blade Runner 2049 shows how Denis Villeneuve brought his dystopian world to life

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner famously relied on elaborate miniatures to bring its futuristic Los Angeles to life, and helped define a cinematic look for dystopian sci-fi worlds. While Denis Villeneuve also used a number of miniatures to achieve the same effect in his sequel Blade Runner 2049, quite a few of the shots were enhanced with digital imagery.

Montreal-based Rodeo FX recently released a visual effects reel that highlighted its work on the film. Some of the film’s big, environmental shots were completely digital, but there’s other instances of where the production enhanced used practical locations with some CGI.

The studio is a familiar collaborator with Villeneuve: it worked on his Incendies, Enemy, and Arrival, and…

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In Blade Runner 2049, can a relationship with a hologram be meaningful?

In conventional love stories, boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy, and some pivotal plot point happens. Unless there’s a sequel, we assume that afterward, they live happily and inconsequentially ever after. But, what if in the future, it’s boy designs girl? In Blade Runner 2049, Officer K (Ryan Gosling) lives with his AI hologram companion Joi, who was manufactured by Wallace Corp and tailored as the perfect companion. Her product tagline is, “Everything you want to see. Everything you want to hear.”

Spoilers ahead for Blade Runner 2049.

Screenwriter Michael Green told The Thrillist, “I knew we’d be telling the story of his character’s aspiration toward ascension, so since we are defined by what we love, what he loved…

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Jared Leto’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ character was partly inspired by real techies

But Leto won’t cop to who, exactly, he was mimicking.

Editor’s note: The podcast embedded below discusses the themes and story of “Blade Runner 2049,” including the fate of some of the major characters. The quoted highlights, however, do not.

Recode’s Kara Swisher and “Blade Runner 2049” actor Jared Leto Adam Tow / Recode

Before the action starts in the new film “Blade Runner 2049,” we’re informed that production of the humanlike androids from the first “Blade Runner,” known as Replicants, was outlawed and then rebooted between the two movies. The person responsible for the reboot is also one of the film’s antagonists — Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto.

“I was in L.A. at the screening and went to the party afterwards,” Leto said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “And people were just giving me this look. Usually it’s like, ‘Ahh, good job!’ It was like, ‘I don’t want to talk to that guy.’ I didn’t kill any real people, did I?”

At the time of the interview’s recording, following a screening of the film at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco, Leto acknowledged he had not yet seen the full movie.

You can listen to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts.

On the new podcast, Leto — who’s also a the frontman of the band 30 Seconds to Mars and a prolific tech investor — hinted that he drew inspiration for Wallace from some real people.

“This is a guy who saved the world from starvation and has a very clear idea of what it’s going to take in order for civilization to continue,” he said. “I do have some friends in the tech world that I may or may not have based certain aspects of this character on.”

However, he refused to say exactly who he had in mind. If you’d like to speculate wildly, feel free to consult Leto’s past investments, which include Reddit, Houseparty and Zenefits.

He also pushed back on the idea that tech in particular is responsible for societal problems, arguing that “the entire fucking world is dark.” He predicted that, much like the Industrial Revolution, the world will emerge on the other side of the tech boom with more jobs and prosperity, not less.

“We’re all obsessed with being productive, and we find new ways to dream,” Leto said. “In order to accomplish those dreams, it takes the efforts of so many of us. I don’t necessarily think that just because we’re driving and we’re not on horseback that there are less jobs now. The Industrial Revolution didn’t lead to less jobs, it led to more jobs, so I think that probably will continue for some time. But I’m just an artist, what do I know?”

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Do not watch this final Blade Runner 2049 trailer

The team behind Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 has done an excellent job of not revealing to audiences what Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is actually about. Sure, everybody knows Harrison Ford is back, and Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto are in it, and replicants are involved in some way, shape, or form. But other than that, it’s pretty much been radio silence — so much so that we decided to make our initial review a totally spoiler-free zone.

So I was a little surprised to see this latest trailer, which… spoils some things. And not in a minor, Oh now I can infer what this person wants from a plot perspective kind of way. (Although there’s plenty of that, too.) This trailer spoils a specific moment that had my entire theater…

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Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

The Replicant: Inside the Dark Future of 'Blade Runner 2049' Brian Raftery, Wired The much-anticipated Blade Runner sequel is due to hit theaters in two weeks, but Wired wants to make sure you're properly prepared for that viewing. Step behind the…
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A second prequel short introduces a new character from Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is still a few weeks away, but fans will be able to get another look at the sequel with the release of the second of three short film prequels over at the iTunes Trailers site, via Polygon.

Titled 2048: Nowhere to Run, this second prequel is set 12 years after the first short film, 2036: Nexus Dawn that was released a few weeks ago, and — as the name suggests — just a year before the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

The new short puts the spotlight on Dave Bautista’s character, Sapper. In Nowhere to Run, we see him making his way through an ordinary day in the grimy, dark future of Los Angeles. Of course, things go south, forcing Sapper…

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