Anyone who is seen Blade Runner 2049 will understand how magnificent it is. Even when you did not enjoy the film itself, it is nearly impossible not to gaze in amazement at the amazing visuals available in Denis Villeneuve’s amazing followup to the 1982 classic. What is even more striking is that rather than solely relying on CGI for all the filmmakers really used mini versions for lots of the scenes. We state “miniature” however as you can see, there is really nothing mini about them!
“They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” states Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set manufacturing director, from the movie below. And a few people could disagree if they view the 14.8feet (4.5m) large L.A.P.D construction, the pyramid-shaped Wallace Towers that may only be raised by crane, as well as the Trash Mesa that almost filled the entire floor of the studio. “They’re just stellar pieces of art,” she says with pride.
The “bigatures” were created by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop firm from New Zealand (co-founded by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson) that has also worked on such blockbusters as Thor: Ragnarok and Ghost in the Shell. About 38 versions were created in total, and “each building would probably take about a week to make,” stated Ben Milsom, the tiny unit’s senior art director, highlighting that they had been “mega high detailed.” Scroll down to find the amazing results.
A lot of the Blade Runner 2049 sets were really made from miniatures
We state “miniature” however as you can see, there is really nothing mini about them!
Together with the largest one being the L.A.P.D. mini skyscraper, that was 14.8 ft (4.5 meters) large
“They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” states Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set Manufacturing director
In total, approximately 38 “miniature” buildings were assembled
Some were so large that they could simply be transferred by crane
They have been created by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop firm from New Zealand
The company was co-founded by Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies
“Each building would probably take about a week to make,” stated Ben Milsom, the mini unit’s senior art director
Plus it comes as no surprise, seeing just how much detail that the artists pack into one miniature