Key Source:

Film details:

Bladerunner is a film directed by Ridley Scott in 1982. Writers include Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples and Philip K. Dick. The film is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’.

Bladerunner is a futuristic, sci-fi, thriller film set in LA in the year 2019. Humans have manged to make human clones known as replicants. These replicants are used in colonies outside planet earth to do labour and other talks. These replicants also have a very short lifespan of only 4 years, this is so the replicants don’t gain emotions. Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is a retired ‘Bladerunner’. A Bladerunner is a specialist police officer whos job it is to kill replicants. Deckard is pulled out of retirement to hunt down 4 replicants that have escaped and hijacked a ship back to earth.

After having watched the film I can see that there is no real clear message to this film. Having said that, there maybe a tiny hidden message. Deckard has sped most of his life killing replicants and it get halfway through the film and he falls for one of them. The message in this could be that looks can be deceiving. Another small message could be that playing god by creating replicants is wrong. These replicants have every trait that a human has and it can even learn emotions.

Production details:

The Bladerunner film has 5 major production companies. These are The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers, Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael Deeley Production, Ridley Scott Productions. The last 2 production companies are actually combined to make A Michael Deeley-Ridley Scott Production. There are also a huge amount of distribution companies, most of which are Warner Bros. distribution from different countries. Click here for the link to the full list of distributions and special effects companies.

This film is aimed at those with an interest in sci-fi and futuristic films. It is also aimed at the over 18s due to that fact of mild violence and partial nudity.

Below is a list of technological uses used in the film. Source:


  • Arriflex 35 III
  • Arriflex 535


  • Panavision Cameras and Lenses


  • Technicolor, USA

Film length (metres)

  • 3193 m (Sweden) (director’s cut)
  • 3200 m (Sweden)

Film negative format (mm/video inches)

  • 65 mm (special effects) (Eastman 100T 5247)
  • 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5247)

Cinematographic process

  • Panavision (anamorphic)

Printed film format

  • D-Cinema (2007 “Final Cut” release)
  • 35 mm
  • 70 mm (blow-up)

Aspect ratio

  • 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints)
  • 2.35 : 1

The estimated budget for Bladerunner was $28,000,000.


Bladerunner was nominated for 2 Oscars without winner but won 9 other awards an nominated for another 15 awards. It was ranked 119th in the top 250 films. Click here for a link to the full list of awards.

The certificate given to this film is R because of the violence and nudity. There have been a number of other different certificates given to this film for many other countries. Below is the list of other certificates given.


Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Italy:T / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2007) / Brazil:14 / West Germany:16 (f) / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Ireland:15A / New Zealand:M / Denmark:15 (original rating) / Spain:13 / Canada:14+ (TV rating) (Final Cut) / Chile:14 / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) / Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Japan:R-15 (director’s cut) / Netherlands:16 (director’s cut) / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:AA (original rating) / USA:R / USA:R (1991 version) / USA:R (Definitive Cut) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Iceland:16


The thing that I noticed straight away from the opening to the film was the 3D CGI graphics used. The film is set in an American city in the future and therefore amendments need to be made to the true city. Obviously this cannot be done in really life but it can be done with 3D special effects. The 3D graphics in the film are used to enhance the existing city to make it look more futuristic. For example, in a couple of scenes there is a pyramid sort of building with loads of light and looks very futuristic. This is done through the 3D graphics. During the opening movie, the camera pans over the city. This camera panning is actually of the real city but is visually enhanced. For example, there are special effects such as fire and flying cars put into the original video of the city to give it a more futuristic look.

The element of the movie I would use in my own projects is quite obviously the 3D modeling and the computerized special effects. I have always had an interest in 3D modeling because it really can give so much more to a movie production. Not only that but I would quite like to use this make an entire film. The reason why I would use special effects in my future productions is because some things really are not possible in real life. For example, you cannot destroy a building or something similar in real life, it is possible but not done often. Therefore, special effects will be used to create the explosion and the building falling. I love fantasy films and obviously fantasy creatures and building wont really exist. This is another situation I would use 3D modeling and special effects.


Reserved for bibliography


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s