“The simplest and most radical thing that Ridley Scott did with Blade Runner was to put urban archeology in the frame. I hadn’t been obvious to mainstream American science fiction that cities are like compost heaps — just layers and layers of stuff. In cities, the past and the present and the future can all be totally adjacent. In Europe, that’s just life — it’s not science fiction, it’s not fantasy. But in American science fiction, the city in the future was always brand-new, every square inch of it.”
— William Gibson, on Blade Runner [petervidani]
Blade Runner Revisited by François Vautier
Vautier’s tribute to Scott’s classic uses all 167,819 frames of the film:
“I assembled all these images to obtain one gigantic image of colossal dimensions: a square of approximately 60,000 pixels on one side alone, 3.5 gigapixels (3500 million pixels). He then panned a virtual camera above this giant image, creating the illusion of animation.
Philip K. Dick's letter to Blade Runner's production company after catching his first glimpse of the movie during a television program. He passed away just 5 months later, 4 months before the movie was released. (transcript at letters of note; via yewknee)
"I did not know that a work of mine or a set of ideas of mine could be escalated into such stunning dimensions. My life and creative work are justified and completed by BLADE RUNNER."