Monday, 17 October 2011

Extracting Filmic Influences - Blade Runner

In the final installment of Filmic References, I decided to wrap up with Blade Runner, a film classed 'Neo-Noir' a style often seen in modern motion pictures and other forms that prominently utilize elements of Film Noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in films noir of the 1940s and 1950s. This seemed like the right route to take, as my own work will incorporate elements of this sub-genre.

Blade Runner '1982'


In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when six replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth.

After having gathered many different references, each focusing on different elements, such as Femme Fatale, Traditional Japanese Cinema, and Revenge Characters/Tales, I watched this film for the sole purpose of capturing how it conveyed a Hybridized sense of Film Noir, through atmosphere, lighting, mood, composition, and shapes that together build an environment that represents the nature of the sequence. There was many shots in this film that worked in this way, however these particular screen caps I feel will help portray Yuki-Onna in the way I wish.

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