Blade Runner: A technical Review
Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner is a 1982 film that depicts the future of the world in the year 2019. The setting takes place in Los Angeles, California. The set appears to have a half earth, half space look to it. The complexity of the buildings and the set plus the coloring and the constant fog give evidence that this movie was not filmed on location but instead in a specially designed studio. Harrison Ford plays Deckerd, an ex-blade runner who is given his old title back in hopes that he will stop the five Nexus 6 Replicants that have escaped from the off world to earth. Through the use of mise-en-scene and cinematography the director was able to foreshadow events as well as to portray the cold and dark attitudes and feelings of the future.
Lighting and colors are an important aspect in mise-en-scene. The opening scene starts out by panning slowly over the dark and foggy city. Mountains of fire are spit up into the air. The use of light, in this scene, helps to set the feeling for the entire movie. The city is dark and foggy like the Nexus characters. The fire spitting into the air gives the viewer a feeling of war. This foreshadows the war b
In most scenes, the image is held in the clip for a long time. This is to put emphasis on the tension and stress that the characters feel as they slowly move through the world. Pris, who like Rachel is a Replicant, has dark, black circles drawn around her eyes while the rest of her face is ghostly white. Also, they both appear to be motionless in these clips. The only character that has a bright glow to her is Rachel. She is shown in light that is brighter and warmer looking then any of the other light used. This causes their eyes to stand out and look more evil. Here the camera pans the city as if it were being viewed through the car. The camera pans the car driving though the tunnel and then shoots Deckerd in the car before returning to panning the car driving through the tunnel. The second point to having the black circles around Pris"tm eyes is to reveal her evil side. Another important aspect of Cinematography is the level, height, angle and distance of the camera. Another close up is in the scene where Jeff startles Pris when she is laying in the trash. The first time Rachel comes to visit Deckerd, every shot of her is a close up. The first idea is to accent her eyes.