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Blade Runner Production Design

Production Design

The movie was shot on 35mm film by cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth—which means it, you know, predates the digital revolution. Blade Runner has that classic pre-CGI look to it, and the futuristic L.A. sets were actually made by hand. A real camera was swooping over them, gathering in the sights—like when we see the industrial hell-fire torches light up with Tyrell's ziggurat looming nearby.