Extraordinary Visual Effects for Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 wins 2018 BAFTA as well as 90th Oscars award for Best Visual Effects.  From the incredible environment work to the digital characters of JOI and Rachel, this film delivered stunning imagery. The combined efforts of so many artists delivered a beautifully paced and worthy successor to the original Cinema classic. The original film was nominated for both Visual Effects and Art Direction in 1983 but lost in both categories. The original nominees Douglas Trumbull, David Dryer and Richard Yuricich in some respects share in this award as 2049 both extends the craft and pays respectful homage to the original Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 2049 and the VFX behind the film – BBC Click

BUF, Rodeo FX, MPC & UPP has recently VFX breakdown for shots for Blade Runner 2019.  BUF,  Atomic Fiction, Double Negative, Framestore, MPC, Territory Studio, UPP & Weta Digital worked VFX for this movie.

1st Bladed Runner was released in 1982. Blade Runner 2019 is sequel for the same. Sébastien Moreau, VFX Supervisor at Rodeo FX leaf their team For this Sci-Fi film. “The first Blade Runner, released in 1982

 

Blade Runner 2049 VFX By Framestore

Framestore was thrilled to be creatively involved in the production of the long-awaited Blade Runner 2049; crafting concept artwork used in pre-production, and delivering nearly 300 shots of VFX work in postTasked with the creation of large-scale CG environment builds and some challenging animation work, Framestore teamed up with VFX Supervisor John Nelson to pay homage to the original picture, whilst creating an atmospheric film of the future.

 

 

Blade Runner 2049 Miniatures by Weta Digital

For Denis Villeneuve’s critically acclaimed follow-up to the 1982 cult classic, Weta Workshop was honoured to provide practical miniatures, selected cinematography, and concept design work. Retaining the physicality that made the original Blade Runner an iconic work of sci-fi cinema, the Weta Workshop crew hand-made enormous miniature sets which were then filmed by legendary cinematographer Alex Funke. In the Design Studio, the Workshop’s team of conceptual designers helped give shape to the director’s vision.

Some of the Blade Runner 2049 sets were actually made from miniatures

Blade Runner 2049 sets were actually made from miniatures

They were crafted by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company from New Zealand
we say “miniature” but as you can see, there’s really nothing miniature about them!
With the biggest one being the L.A.P.D. miniature skyscraper, which was 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) high

“They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” says Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager
In total, around 38 “miniature” buildings were constructed
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VFX by DNEG
VFX Breakdown by BUF
VFX Breakdown by MPC

VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

The Rodeo FX artists completed 75 visual effects shots on this sequel of Ridley Scott’s classic in their Montreal and Los Angeles studios. The proximity of the LA office greatly helped the collaboration with Denis Villeneuve. Since the post-production work took place in the city of angels, Deak Ferrand, Art Director and Concept Artist, worked directly on the conceptualization with the Quebec director in Rodeo FX’s Los Angeles studios.

“The first Blade Runner, released in 1982, is a classic Sci-Fi film and I’m proud to have been involved myself as a VFX supervisor for Rodeo FX on this sequel, which will undoubtedly also leave its mark. It is a privilege to once again work on a Denis Villeneuve movie and showcase Quebec’s talent on this major project,” said Sébastien Moreau.

This is not a first collaboration for Rodeo FX and Denis Villeneuve. The relationship began with the Quebec film Incendies, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2011. Since then, the Quebec visual effects studio has closely followed Denis Villeneuve’s career and had the opportunity to work on three different films that he directed, namely Enemy (2013), Arrival (2016) and now Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

VFX Breakdown by UPP

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