Blade Runner: Creating the Universe
Blade Runner is a detective story set in a sprawling megapolis in the year 2019. To construct the proper setting, the filmmakers had to develop a clear, realistic vision of urban life forty years from now. Director Ridley Scott was determined to avoid the pristine, antiseptic future often seen in science fiction films. To help authenticate this picture of the future, the filmmakers enlisted Syd Mead, an internationally eminent industrial designer who is a specialist in picturing the shape of things to come, from skyscrapers and vehicles to parking meters. According to the introduction, the filmmakers researched principles behind the future of “architecture, transportation, fashion and social behavior” to inform their work.
"Blade Runner’ is not a ‘hardware movie,’" Mead wrote, "It’s not one of those gadget-filled pictures where the actors seem to be there only to give scale to the sets, props and effects."
The entire look of the film was based on research and and carefully thought-out principles regarding the future of architecture, transportation, fashion and social behavior. This artwork represents a behind-the-scene look at the original production designs.
Artwork by Syd Mead, Mentor Huebner, Ridley Scott, Charles Knode, and Michael Caplan.
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There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)