Filmmaking and Cinematography Techniques: Blade Runner 2049

Filmmaking and Cinematography Techniques: Blade Runner 2049



you're watching television suddenly realized there's a wasp crawling on your arm I'd kill it you wanna go for a ride let's talk about the beautiful cinematography and filmmaking techniques and some hidden secrets of Blade Runner 20:49 beginning with the horizon line usually you'll spend extra time to make sure the horizon is always level but in Blade Runner they went out of their way to make sure the horizon is almost never level it's not a lot which is why it's effective subtle if it's too much we'll know something's wrong filmmaker Denis V&M keeps us off-balance to create tension in each frame the world of Blade Runner is filled with realistic detail mostly created by constructing large sets or miniatures la surrounding buildings we've got about 30 Steven 48 scale buildings he's building they probably take about a week it has all of the inherent flaws of filming something real surfaces illuminated with real light with all the issues of tiny specular reflections to showcase this world cinematographer Roger Deakins used wide lenses to reveal more background this immersed us in the world it's as if the city actually exists right now each frame was deliberately composed to increase the illusion of depth even simple locations like Kay's apartment had passageways extending behind him you see the use of long corridors throughout the film people are always going through these corridors and we explored different worlds in the Vegas set when we finally meet Deckard played by Harrison Ford the filmmakers used visual effects to create the illusion of a long room but that's not all Denis Villeneuve avoids shaky camerawork most of the shots are locked on a tripod with basic pan and tilt movements however there are three symbolic movements that are repeated throughout the movie the first is the tracking shot where we follow characters through hallways this is what subconsciously allows us to enjoy the world not only does he show us the corridors but we also walk through them giving us the illusion of a dimensional world that we can explore the second movement is a subtle punchin this is when the camera moves in closer but slightly it's in the very first shot of the eye which is followed by solar panels also like the eye they to collect and focus light he repeats this movement every time he wants to draw our attention to something important look he says this is important these shots are all symbolic references to eyes even the baseline test is about eyes the last symbolic camera movement is sideways like lighting there's music playing in the background and we are meant to be swept away just enjoying the moment the cool thing is Denis via Neve never goes overboard these camera movements are used only a few times for greatest impact if you're interested in a walkthrough of his camera techniques I've got a special video you'll find a link in the description let's talk about color V&F has acknowledged the use of the color yellow I knew that I will be able to use like for instance the color yellow as a meaning for me and it's like a trend that you can follow in the movie it's not you don't have to know that for to appreciate the movie but it's there no but it doesn't reveal how he used yellow and he doesn't tell us about the other colors yellow appears throughout the movie mostly in subtle ways yellow is information realization or simply where kay finds clues every time he learns a piece of the puzzle to move to the next step there's yellow as a signpost the headquarters and the Vegas scene are both completely bathed in yellow why the HQ houses a library and memories it is a giant source of information in Vegas Harrison Ford knows the truth he's a giant source of information – without his information Kay wouldn't know his real identity and Wallace will not achieve his dream the day world of Blade Runner is rust-colored inspired by ship-wrecking yards in Bangladesh and India even the costumes are rust-colored the earth is literally rusted at the end of its life the night world is blue and gray where color has no meaning except chaos people are literally kept in the dark you have to live for a tomorrow that possibly doesn't exist then there's green green appears whenever joy is around she's Kay's holographic girlfriend the replicants replicant however Green has a more important significance it's present in the first scene when sapper grows protein whatever products are created by Wallace is green and finally there's white the color of the girl child the truth and of Rachel if rain was a great factor in the original Blade Runner and then 2049 has snow Dan even Neve used it as a personal symbol because of his experiences with it in Canada there's a clarity to things with white there's peace it's home it's the answer to what K is searching for are his memories real only she knows almost everything in Blade Runner 2049 was done practically which is a phenomenal achievement take the water effects we first see in headquarters it's called caustics which is what happens when you shine a hard light into moving water you can create a yourself with a glass of water and any torch light in Blade Runner Roger Deakins used multiple 10k lights high up blasting into pools of water below the bottom was painted black and they used a wave machine to create ripples in this where Wallace confronts Deckard hoping he'll spilled a secret the caustics are just a background the foreground actors are lit with two concentric rings of light actually 285 of them controlled by dimmers as a scene stars they are in silhouette the number of lights on are less then as the progress more lights are turned on until at the end they are bathed in soft light Wallace fails to break Deckard even this shot was done practically they put lights on a pulley and had actual people pulling them the result lighting elegance of the purest kind what do you think do you think Roger Deakins deserves an Oscar think about this HQ is the only place where you have direct sunlight but it's always moving why because the Sun is practically giving up on humanity it's scarce like water is slipping away these are the last rays of sunshine for Humanity the future is blindness and darkness and water is not used just for effect either there's hardly any water left in the world water is rationed and ironically they have a giant dam built to contain the sea water caustics appear when the rebels are first shown and then we see protein for the first time there are echoes of water everywhere hidden patterns water is life but not for humans the future of Earth belongs to replicants and humans are no longer needed if you've enjoyed this video and want more please subscribe now after you subscribe don't forget to hit the bell you'll see on the right so that you won't miss any new videos you

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35 Comments

  1. yes, visually stunning (a cinematographer can appreciate) however, imo the movie was a colossal bore. the pacing, acting, story just didn't do it for me.

  2. "sounds like a wasp crawling on your hand" – "I'd kill it". And then you realize there was a moment where a wasp did just that on K's hand and he didn't kill it. Holy shit those subtle connections

  3. Oh man, once you pointed out that the horizontal lines are not level, it's really easy to see it in the shots that follow.

    Now I need to watch the Rick and Morty scene about True Level again.

  4. I really don't get where the "sunlight is always moving because the sun has given up on humanity" comes from. Other than that though, an excellent analysis and breakdown. The aesthetics of this movie are fascinating.

  5. I have a really bad vibe about this whole rebel direction they are going….. i have a feeling they are going to destroy blade runner like they have everyone other franchise these modern hollywood lunatics have touched.

  6. I Loved this movie😭😭a lot of my friends said it was boring but I loved it..I wished it was even longer

  7. just Fantastic. Its like – whatever you watch first the "movie" or "this video" the second to watch is the other.

  8. Roger Deakins always uses wides. His genius is his shot composition. I feel like he is inspired by Cartier-Bresson who shot street photography wide in 35 and established 35mm as a still photo street photography standard. He shot people in wide while keeping the frame about the subject while still showing atmosphere. Cinema at the time was shooting with 50 and concentrating on the scene using big studios and motion to capture the eye occasionally cutting to the close up to show emotion. Just a thought.

  9. Still, when the rebels showed up for the exposition, there was piss poor acoustics and I had difficulty listening to the conversation. Yeah yeah good techniques, but they should always support, not interfere with, the main plot of the movie.

  10. Awesome video. Gotta watch this movie again – it was breathtaking. I wish I could see it in IMAX

  11. Great analysis. So many things I missed on the first watch I must watch again. A beautifully crafted smart film.

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