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Blade Runner 2049 Water Reflection Effect 2 (2 replies and 2 comments)

akimto
1 month ago
akimto 1 month ago

Hi Roger,

I'm a commercial cinematographer. I really enjoyed your works. A huge huge fan from Shanghai!  I always have your movies for references and studies. 

A quick question about the water reflections from Blade Runner 2049. I tried water effects in couple of commercial projects, either hanging a big glass water tank on top or on the ground out of camera frame.  All the water ripple effect I created was kinda soft, not like the effects you created in the movie.

The one you made in the background wall even looked like an electrical ripple. I'm wondering how did you make it?  Was it depends on the depth of the water tank? or something else.

Even in that famous scene where there was a gigantic ring light hanging from the ceiling,  the water ripple in the background also looked a lot stronger and sharper than I created. 

Thank you !

Best,

AK Zha

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GianniRanzuglia
1 month ago
GianniRanzuglia 1 month ago

Hi Akimto,

Roger has written specific and detailed lighting plans for Blade Runner 2049, you may find your answer there. From the top of my head he used 10K's combined with other lights for the water caustics, but don't quote me on that.  

On the subheading of the website click on "Members Only", "Looking at Lighting" and "Blade Runner 2049," you'll find the lighting plans for both the scenes you mentioned as well as many others.

 

akimto
1 month ago

Thank you thank you! yes I read those article before. Was also wondering about the office ripple effect too.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

The ripple effect on the walls was created using 10K Fresnels lamps bouncing off a 1' deep pond with a black bottom. The office with the patterns around the walls was created using open face 2K Blondes projected through a ceiling 'tank' of water that was about 9" deep.

akimto
1 month ago

Got it! Thank you very much Roger. A lot of appreciation! gonna give it a try. 棒棒

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