Douglas Trumbull on Blade Runner

Special effects guru Douglas Trumbull has posted a video on his official site about the visual effects behind the famous opening of Blade Runner (1982).

The first of a three part series, he talks about the “Hades Landscape”, the use of brass miniatures lit from below, the Tyrell Pyramid, how the explosions were created and the connection with Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point (1970).

It makes for fascinating viewing and some of the craftsmanship that went into this sequence is mind-boggling.

Watch the video by clicking here.

UPDATE: There are other videos on the SFX in Blade Runner here.

> Douglas Trumbull
> Blade Runner at Wikipedia