Relics of Future’s Past: The Production Design of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Worldbuilding is much different when it’s your own.
Blade Runner Sci Fi
By  · Published on October 17th, 2017

The spectacularly ambitious Blade Runner 2049 spared no expense when revitalizing the thirty-year-old film and turning it into a franchise. Telling the story of Los Angeles in the future’s future, where a future has aged and changed, is already interesting enough. Playing on an audience’s own maturation since the original film, the production team crafted a world that was both full of relics and yet even more advanced than before – both in terms of technology and apocalyptic degradation.

How did they do it? Well, it took a lot of effort from a lot of people. Props, set design, costumers – and those are just the major professions.

This explainer by Tyler Knudsen delves into the absolute science fiction magic behind one of the year’s most spectacular films. Even if the movie itself isn’t your cup of speculative tea, its beauty and detail are undeniable.

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