'Blade Runner 2049' VFX Reel Shows the Movie's Sleek Special Effects
Regardless of how much money it made, Blade Runner 2049 was a ridiculously cool movie to look at (the rest of it was also good too).
Now, a couple months after it came out in October, Rodeo FX released a video showing off some of the 75 special effect shots they put together for Denis Villeneuve's cyberpunk movie. It's impressive not just because of the sprawling CGI backgrounds from VFX supervisor John Nelson and his team, but also because of what's not CGI.
There's a ton of practical effects in this movie as well, and it's cool to see it before everything else was added in. Check out the reel below, with lots of before-and-after pans scattered throughout:
Some of the highlights here include the 3D models for the movie's elaborately grimy cityscapes, the sheer amount of actual junk used in the movie's junkyard scenes, and of course the scene where Deckard (Harrison Ford) shoots Officer K (Ryan Gosling) off a balcony. Gosling seemed much safer in real life, knocking himself backward onto the tarp a crew had safely set up behind him.
But even he wasn't safe from Ford, who accidentally punched Gosling for real while filming a nearby scene from the movie. In Harrison Ford's account, he threw about 80 punches in different takes, and only 79 of them missed.
So even that ended up being a "practical effect," although one of the less flashy ones. And it doesn't take away from VFX reel, as it's always fun to watch an actor fling himself backward during an action scene.
As for whether 2049 can bring home some awards for its visual effects, the answer is "so far, absolutely yes." The movie's won a fair amount of smaller awards already, and it's a big contender on the visual effects shortlist for the upcoming Academy Awards. So far, its competition is likely to include other big-budget science fiction like Alien: Covenant, Valerian, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Either way, a ton of work went in to creating 2049-era Los Angeles, and it definitely shows. You can check out a more in-depth look at some new Blade Runner props over here.