The 'Blade Runner' Guide to Designing a Believable Flying Car

A film from 1982 goes behind the scenes of the iconic sci-fi film to interview Ridley Scott and his production team. 

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, this gem is essential viewing for any fan: a behind-the-scenes documentary from 1982, originally intended for audiences at conventions. Ridley Scott and his production team discuss how they approached designing the grimy, yet high-tech, universe of the film. The key, Scott explains, was balancing the futuristic setting, 40 years hence, with familiar, "Philip Marlowe"-inspired elements from 40 years earlier. The film was produced by M. K. Productions and resurfaced a few months ago on YouTube

Blade Runner fans will also enjoy Alexis Madrigal's "The Fake Magazines Used in Blade Runner Are Still Futuristic, Awesome" -- an exploration the magazines that appear in the background of shots in the film. 

Via Aaron Stewart-Ahn by way of William Gibson.

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