1982’s “Blade Runner” Inspired a Generation of Filmmakers
Upon its theatrical release in the summer of 1982, “Blade Runner” grossed $ 6.2 million, the equivalent of $ 18.6 million in 2017.
The movie, directed by Ridley Scott and released by Time Warner Inc.’s US: TWX
Warner Bros. studio, was not a commercial success. But for future fans of the film and aspiring filmmakers, “Blade Runner” had a significant impact.
Movies like “Ghost in the Shell”, “The Fifth Element” and “The Matrix” have all been influenced by “Blade Runner”.
The film, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” grossed just $ 32.9 million ($ 83.4 million adjusted for inflation) on an announced production budget of $ 28 million. The production of “Blade Runner” was renowned for its tension and the film received mixed reviews.
But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized the film for its artistic direction and visual effects, nominating it for two Academy Awards, and “Blade Runner” has since been credited with unleashing a subgenre within. science fiction.
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Kees Van Oostrum, president of the American Society of Cinematographers, told MarketWatch that the work of Scott and cinematographer (cinematographer) Jordan Cronenweth inspired him and a generation of filmmakers.
“I was still in film school, mostly doing music videos at the time, and we were still talking about ‘Blade Runner’,” Van Oostrum said. “From a cinematic perspective, it was absolutely a breakthrough. “
“Blade Runner,” despite its initial failure to find an audience, has used a new way of doing cinema, Van Oostrum said. The film’s avant-garde lighting of the subjects, not the scenes, and the art in the close-ups as well as the dramatic wide-shots were remarkable.
This weekend, 35 years after the original was released, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) and 13-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) “Blade Runner 2049” will attempt to repeat this awesome cutscene. to live.
“Of course it’s difficult. It’s like asking a playwright to imitate Shakespeare – you’re trying to emulate one of the best. But if anyone can do it, it’s [Roger Deakins]”said Van Oostrum.
The first reception of “Blade Runner 2049” was overwhelmingly positive. Critics, while questioning whether it will be well received commercially, have called it visually stunning and a masterpiece.
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The film grossed $ 4 million in limited previews on Thursday night. By comparison, “The Martian” made $ 2.5 million in its Thursday night showings in 2015. Box Office Pro analysts predict that “Blade Runner 2049” will bring in $ 54 million in its weekend. ‘opening.
While the film generated immense interest from fans of the original, Van Oostrom said that Villeneuve and Deakins, while inspired, did their own thing. The film will be different.
“Oh, I think it will be very different. We have evolved; we don’t do ‘Blade Runner’ anymore, ”said Van Oostrum. “’Blade Runner’ did something that had never been done before.
“Whenever people talk about the movie, they talk about the end shots in the Bradbury Building, but sometimes you even have to watch the close-ups of the movie. It’s fantastic and has been very, very, very inspiring for the cinematography in general.