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Blade Runner 2049 - Making sequels and maintaining the visual style (5 replies and 5 comments)

Tom B.
8 months ago
Tom B. 8 months ago

Mr. Deakins,

First of all, I'm very excited for Blade Runner 2049!  I've seen the trailer and it looks great.

Being that Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel, and the original Blade Runner is very famous for its cinematography, to what extent did you study Jordan Cronenweth's work from the original film and what was the process?

I hope you can answer this question even if under a Non-Disclosure Agreement since it doesn't pertain to the plot of the film itself.

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

I will only say that Jordan's great cinematography on the original film was always there in my mind but it really didn't have an impact on what I was doing. That's because I simply can't light like Jordan. End of story!

Wouter
8 months ago
Wouter 8 months ago

From what I've seen in teaser I have to say that the images really "feel" like Blade Runner although they also really have your signature all over it. To me it seems that both the composition and lighting is much more simplified, a bit more graphic, iconic in a way. Not sure if those are the right words.. there's some sort of minimalism in them I really like. 

The original had lots of bells and whistles in every shot, a lot of movement in the light whereas the new teaser is less busy, more to the point without sacrificing its beauty so to say. I think that could very well be a good thing!

I'm not really sure I really like all these reboots we're seeing coming from Hollywood as of late, so I'm glad you seems to have kept your own and did it the way Roger Deakins would really have done it. 

Looking very much forward to see it projected on a large screen.

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

Yes, I am looking forward to seeing it myself!

Tom B.
8 months ago

So you have no input at all on DI? Once the film has been shot you never see it again until screening?

I read that Chivo got to have a lot of control over DI and grading of the different distribution mediums for The Revenant. There were different versions for theaters, DVD, online streaming, etc. Is this a rare occurrence?

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

When I do any DI I am there every day for every shot so, yes, I have a lot of control and I don't expect BR to be any different. I was saying I am looking forward to seeing the film! That doesn't mean I will only see the final when the film has been released, just that I have yet to see it!

Wouter
8 months ago

as in: allowing yourself the time to let go so you can come back to it somewhat with a cleared head and experience the movie itself rather than creating it? 🙂

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

That would take a few years!

Tom B.
8 months ago

I know DI is digital intermediate but what is BR?

Gregg
8 months ago

Tom, I'll give you you a clue.. BR 2049.

Tom B.
8 months ago

Oh, haha, silly me.

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