Behind The Scenes of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ – Weta’s Workshop

The grounded real-world feel of Blade Runner 2049 had a lot to do with a return to old school practical effects to create a worn, lived in world painstakingly assembled by the geniuses at Weta.

Here’s some shots of the impressive set pieces being put together by the production group that made Los Angeles in 2049 look so compellingly real.

Cinematographer Alex Funke examines a shot of the L.A cityscape.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I guess at this point I don’t know that I expect anything different. I don’t want to phrase it purely in terms of intelligence because it’s arrogant, but smart movies like this don’t find an audience at this large a scale. Villeneuve is fantastic but does not have the name recognition of a Spielberg or a Nolan to make a project like this fly. It’s sad but it’s normal. I’m just amazed and thankful that it got made with the budget it did in the first place. Here’s to hoping Villeneuve gets to make Dune next.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I try really not hard to care about box office numbers, but when a studio does everything absolutely right and gives an amazing director the budget they need and keeps their hands off the creative process, but then the movie flops anyway (despite being great), that is really bad. I don’t expect to get anything like this again in the next 10 years.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I’m of two minds. On the one hand a great movie is being underappreciated guaranteeing more mediocre blockbusters in the dumb mold we’ve grown used to. On the other hand, the original wasn’t a hit either and this at least guarantees that there won’t be an attempt to make this a cinematic universe.

  • I’m trying to look at the bright side. At least movie fans are taking ownership and singing its praises, similar to Fury Road. But it stings having this movie fail, especially compared to Shlocky Explosion-fest Blockbuster Part 9.

  • King Alvarez

    Fuck the Box Office numbers. That movie is a gorgeous marvel of film making. I need to see it again.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    That looks fantastic!
    Too bad this company will lose a lot of money because the movie crashed in the BO!
    They should do stop motion movies that would be awesome!