In this interview West Coast editors Blake Mitchell and Jim Ferguson talked to Syd about his career past and present, and specifically his involvement with the soon-to-be-released sf thriller, Blade Runner.
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Doll and Faller assert that Ridley Scott's film, Blade Runner, exhibits elements of two distinct pulp genres, film noir and science fiction. The genre cross-pollination is a reflection of Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, upon which the movie is based.
Interviews with screenwriters Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, industrial designer Syd Mead, production designer Lawrence C. Paull and director Ridley Scott. Articles & Interviews by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier for Starlog magazine, November 1992 issue.
Ridley Scott's film "Blade Runner" is rooted in the myths and legends of Western culture and draws on a number of genres including film noir and science fiction. Central to the plot, though, is the Genesis story of the creation and fall. Gravett examines the religious subtext of the film, and discusses Deckard and Roy Batty's relationship in terms of the biblical story of Jacob and Esau.
Excerpts from an interview with David Dryer, one of three special photographic effects supervisors for Blade Runner along with Douglas Trumbull and Richard Yuricich
“Films usually attempt to do the future by presenting a rather bleak, pristine, austere, clean look. It could go that way, but I’ve got a feeling it’s going to go the other way.” Ridley Scott is discussing his approach in directing Blade Runner, a detective thriller set forty or fifty years in the future.
Ridley Scott's 1982 film 'Blade Runner' appeared just before William Gibson's quintessential cyberpunk novel 'Neuromancer' was published in 1984, and the two share enough features that one might well retroactively call Blade Runner the first truly cyberpunk film.
Both in what it shows and in what is absent from it, Blade Runner (1982) deviates in morally significant ways from the 1968 novel by Dick on which it is based.
One of the big questions in Blade Runner is "What does it mean to be Human?" John W. Whitehead has a look at this and related questions in Blade Runner couched in a view of the postmodern world.