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Creating the Set of Blade Runner

Creating the Set of Blade Runner

Before there was computer generated imagery, moving makers still had to figure out innovative ways to create artificial cities to blow up. In this 6-minute mini-doc, Douglas Trumbull shows and tells how Blade Runner’s futuristic-apocalyptic set was built, including all the fans that were needed to blow under the table the model of someday L.A. sat on, because the fiber-optics for all the miniature city lights got so hot.

Watching the footage now, can you tell that it was made from a tiny model? How do you think the movie would have been different if it was made with CGI?