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Blade Runner has one of those fan bases that will go to extreme lengths to show their love and appreciation for the film. Artist Anders Ramsell is a shining example. He’s abbreviated the film into a 34 minute re-telling. It wasn’t just a matter of editing though; he created 12,597 watercolor paintings by hand to animate and form the film. Each piece of art is approximately 1.5 centimeters by 3 centimeters. I don’t care what he’s seen, even Roy Batty would be impressed by this effort.

Watch the video after the break.

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YouTuber Chad Desmond created a small piece of cinematic brilliance by re-cutting and turning Blade Runner into a black and white Film Noir classic.

As a huge fan of the movie, I think this is a love note to both Ridley Scott and his vision. Personally, it makes me wish they’d make a film noir edit just so I can own it.

Check it out after the break—and here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

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Will we ever see another Blade Runner film? Crazier things have happened, but it’s one of those Hollywood unicorns that keeps making tiny splashes and then fading away. Ridley Scott has stated a sequel is happening, so hopefully it’s just a matter of when and who’s available – like Harrison Ford. He could be back as Rick Deckard.

He recently spoke with IGN while doing press for Ender’s Game, and they got a few questions in about Blade Runner and whether he’d be up for a sequel. Ford’s reply:

“We’ve been chatting about it…
I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage with him again in the further telling of this story.”

Though it sounds like a bit of a canned answer that doesn’t make it untrue. I’d be completely in favor of him showing up in a sequel though I’d hope it was just a cameo or as a supporting character rather than the focus of the story.

What do you think of this news? Would you like to see Ford in another Blade Runner movie?

(IGN via BC)

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The memorable characters of Blade Runner deserve wonderful action figures, but they never got them. Not officially. Given the fact that several characters have striking hair and clothing – Pris and Rachael alone – you’d think toy manufacturers would have jumped all over the franchise by now.

Since they haven’t, artist Scott Pettersen has made custom versions. He went with a 12″ scale, and he worked diligently to sculpt likenesses of the actors in the film. He sculpted from wax and cast the finished heads from resin. He also took the time to dress the figures in reproductions of the wardrobe from the movie. Wow. It’s no surprise each figure takes 2-3 months. He told Geek Magazine the following:

“On all these figures my intent was to capture as realistically as I could the details and essence of the characters from one of my favorite movies,” Pettersen says. “There seems to be a certain sadness to some of the characters so I tried to convey that in the sculpture. I tried to replicate them down to the smallest details like the round, brown laces on Deckard’s shoes or the slight smudging of Rachael’s eye makeup. I spent a lot of hours researching the movie and visiting propsummit.com. Most of my time was spent focusing on the likenesses though. It is difficult to interpret and capture faces that most people would recognize.”

The time he invested in these impressive custom figures is obvious.

See more photos of the figures after the break.

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Fans of old-school video games and Blade Runner will absolutely love this video created by 8-Bit Cinema. As fun as it would be to actually play this game, sadly it’s just a video and there’s no game to be found. Maybe we’ll get lucky and someone will actually turn it into a full-fledged, playable game.

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1A4STUDIO has another speedrun video and I’m guessing you’re gonna enjoy it. If you’re a fan of Blade Runner, you’ll especially love it.

Match up 60 seconds, some pretty awesome animation, knowledge of Blade Runner, and one heck of a sense of humor and you get Speedrun: Bladerunner.

Zhora going through the windows is amazingly covered. My fave line has to be “Let’s make bangbang”.

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Blade Runner takes place in 2019. The world is a different place than the one we know but not so far gone that it’s unimaginable. It’s dirty and crowded, and the above image looks like a natural piece of that fiction. Sadly, that’s a real photograph of a building photographed in modern day Beijing. The smog is so intense there (seriously – you can see it from space) that it produces these otherworldly images. Yipes.

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Like father, like son. Ridley Scott’s son, Luke, has directed a short that is reminiscent of Blade Runner. The 20 minute science fiction thriller stars Giovanni Ribisi and takes place in a less than rosy future. The overall style of the film definitely brings daddy Scott’s influential sci-fi atmosphere to mind. It gives a direct shout-out to this in the video description.

Luke Scott in cooperation with RED Camera presents “LOOM”. A film shot completely in 4K format in the tone and style of Ridley Scott’s dystopian Blade Runner. The film was originally intended to help showcase the prototype REDray 3D laser player. The film was constructed for 3D, the film needed to push the limits of the cameras exposure sensitivity and colour range and 4K projection. Visually the film is unmatched to date in it’s use of RED’s new technology.

Check it out the short after the break but keep in mind that it’s NSFW due to nudity.

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Blade Runner Meets LEGO

I never knew I wanted custom Lego minifigs of the characters in Blade Runner until I saw them. Builder Legohaulic has designed minifigs of the good guys, the bad guys, and even a vehicle. Every detail is captured, right down to Pris’ face make-up. If only these were real and available for purchase!

Check out photos of Replicant minifigs and Deckard’s spinner after the break.

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Blade Runner has stood the test of time. To say the 1982 film is a classic is an understatement, but the look of the movie especially stands out, even now. A sketchbook with contributions from Ridley Scott, production artists, and the costume designer is available online in its entirety that shows the progress of sets and wardrobe. It’s 100 pages full of the sorts of drawings that make fans feel like fainting, and you can view it all online at no charge. Really.

See a gallery of sketches after the break.

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