Weta Workshop was honoured to contribute practical miniatures, selected cinematography, and concept design work to Balde Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve.
This was a passion project for the Weta team, who are huge fans for Ridley Scott's iconic 1982 original.
In Wellington, New Zealand, the team designed the sets by hand, which were enormous miniatures that were then filmed by the legendary cinematographer, Alex Funke. In the Design Studio, the Weta team of conceptual designers helped give shape to the director's vision into the latest Blade Runner 2049.
"They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings," Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager, laughed when talking about the creations they’ve built.
When looking at the footage of 4.5 meters high L.A.P.D buildings, the pyramid-shaped Wallace Towers that could only be lifted by crane and the Trash Mesa, that nearly filled the whole floor of the studio, we can all agree that it is indeed "massive buildings".
"They’re just stellar pieces of art," Harvey-White states with pride.
The whole set design of Blade Runner 2049 should indeed be something to be proud of. We recommend you take a look at the video below to see the amazing process of creating something so grand and beautiful that left the audience in complete awe.