VFXShow 226 : Blade Runner 2049

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In this episode, Matt Wallin, Mike Seymour and Jason Diamond go to 2049 and discuss director Denis Villeneuve new Blade Runner film.

Cast include : Ryan Gosling,  Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and  Ana de Armas.

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Production Designer: Dennis Gassner

VFX Supervisor : John Nelson

From EW : John Nelson worked on Rachael’s two-minute appearance in 2049 for a year. “Digital humans are sort of like the holy grail — they’re really hard,” says Nelson. “I knew it would be one of the hardest things I’ve done in my career. We had many challenges in this movie but this one was definitely the hardest one we did.”

Rachel was rendered in RenderMan. Since her son was on the film as a production assistant, “Sean Young got to be on set while actress Loren Peta acted out the performance that would be the foundation for the effects work. And later, both Peta and Young spent a day in Budapest in facial motion-capture rigs, with both women performing Rachael’s scene in the film”, according to reporting on io9.

Blade Runner 2049 : A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.


Lighting reference Mike and Jason discuss: Arri


The show was co-hosted this week by

Matt Wallin    @mattwallin

Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond      www.thediamondbros.com

Mike Seymour @mikeseymour

Special thanks to Matt Wallin and Ryan Pribyl for producing and editing the show. The podcast is only possible due to their great work and your support.

Director DENIS VILLENEUVE on the set of Alcon EntertainmentÕs sci fi thriller BLADE RUNNER 2049 in association with Columbia Pictures, domestic distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures and international distribution by Sony Pictures Releasing International.

3 thoughts on “VFXShow 226 : Blade Runner 2049”

  1. I had a small problem with the scene with the prostitutes, i thought that one shot looked very staged and to contained, not feeling like K was “outside” in the city.

    Also a few of the spinner scenes in the end looked a bit cgi compared to the start. But still its no big deal.

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