Just when you thought Blade Runner couldn't get any better, along comes Blade Runner: The Rock Opera - performed by MEMORIA! This is a five-piece band performing original material to the back-drop of the movie Blade Runner.
Now, in the midst of another Blade Runner revival -- thanks to the recent acquirement of the Blade Runner rights by Alcon Entertainment -- we are given a unique opportunity to open up the many creative ways to explore and enhance the Blade Runner experience.
"A new life awaits you ..." Many hardcore Blade Runner fans, (alright, MOST), would probably cringe at this concept. But I think it'd be a splendid idea that, if given the opportunity, would complement the film very well -- while reaching a new audience.
Click here to learn more about it!
This article is based on a retrospective film series I attended given by Douglas Trumbull in October of 2006. Its primary focus is on the movie Blade Runner.
Revision dates: July 2008, March 2012.
KippleZone is proud to present CITYSPEAK Revisited: The story behind the first Blade Runner fanzine.
CITYSPEAK is an integral part of Blade Runner fandom history. It was a fanzine that spearheaded the Blade Runner fandom long before the movie achieved its cult status.
CITYSPEAK represents an early generation of fanfiction writers before the advent of the World Wide Web. They'd meet in person, talk over the telephone, and send letters via the post. It was an underground fannish activity that produced usually no more than a hundred copies of each issue, and was spread primarily by word of mouth or through a friend of a friend.
First released in December of 1982–while the movie was still in theatres–the fanzine would only produce three issues until CITYSPEAK editor Sara Campbell’s untimely death. The last issue–the Special Edition–was published posthumously.
Back in 2007, Andrew Pokon, a Blade Runner fan propmaker, and collector, sent me a copy of the first CITYSPEAK issue. And it blew my mind. I then embarked on an investigative journey to learn all that I could about the fanzine and the people behind it.
It is tempting to speculate how far Sara Campbell could have gone with her writing career. At present, she is known best for her articles, stories, and poetry on Blade Runner. And I believe that she would have wanted the CITYSPEAK issues to be freely available over the internet.
As she duly noted in the first issue, “CITYSPEAK is an amateur, non-profit publication." It would be of disservice to the Blade Runner fandom–let alone to the writers–if the stories, poems, and articles in this fanzine were to remain in the storage bins of the privileged few.
So, I'd like KippleZone to be the CITYSPEAK athenaeum–a bookshelf containing the fanzine issues, the work of its contributors, and a resource free to all.
The article features an interview with Eric Larson, and some words from Anne Elizabeth Zeek and Rosemary Edghill.
This CITYSPEAK revisit is far from being complete. I’ve only the first issue to share and discuss at this time. So, consider this a work in progress–CITYSPEAK Revisited 1.0. As more is learned, it’ll be added to the website. And all updates will be posted via the OFF-WORLD NEWS.
If anything, this article has raised more questions than answers. Hopefully, this will spur those in the know to come forth and share the remaining issues of CITYSPEAK–an integral part of Blade Runner fandom history–with the rest of us.
Have a better one!
~ C.A. Chicoine
From Concept to Screen to Fandom
The Blade Runner Blimp
Researched, compiled, and edited by C.A. Chicoine
In this article, I focus on the dirigible billboard––also referred to as the Blade Runner blimp, advertising blimp, Off-world blimp, mother-blimp, or simply, the blimp––from concept to construction. And I discuss its message and what it says about the portrayal of humanity in the dystopian vision of Blade Runner. And show how its influence was translated by the fans of this film through their art, words, and music.
Peter Griffin and his friends Glenn Quagmire, Joe Swanson, and Cleveland Brown are at The Drunken Clam talking over some beer when on the news, Joyce Kinney reports that Ridley Scott will be working on a Blade Runner sequel. After Tom Tucker pipes in with his commentary on the subject, it prompts Peter to voice his opinion about Blade Runner.
Peter believes they, (Ridley Scott and Co.), got it all wrong from the git-go; which was why the movie was a failure at the box office. Even with all the different versions of the film out there, from the U.S. theatrical release, International Cut, Director’s Cut, and the Final Cut, he felt that they still didn't get it right. Here’s what Peter would have done if he could put together his own cut of the film -- Blade Runner: The Peter Griffin Cut.
The Off-world Community Grid Team consists of "users" who are also fans of the book DADoES, and the movie Blade Runner, undertaking projects that benefit humanity. Grid computing joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that far surpasses the power of several supercomputers. Come join us!
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick
"At an oil painting, Phil Resch halted, gazed intently. The painting showed a hairless, oppressed creature with a head like an inverted pear, its hands clapped in horror to its ears, its mouth open in a vast, soundless scream. Twisted ripples of the creature's torment, echoes of its cry, flooded out into the air surrounding it; the man or woman, whichever it was, had been contained by its own howl. It had covered its ears against its own sound. The creature stood on a bridge and no one else was present; the creature screamed in isolation. Cut off by-or despite-its outcry."
"I think," Phil Resch said, "that this is how an andy must feel." He traced in the air the convolutions, visible in the picture, of the creature's cry. "I don't feel like that, so maybe I'm not an--" He broke off, as several persons strolled up to inspect the picture."
In the web-comic Dieselsweeties, the main character of Clango, a robot, is seen asleep in one panel. Above his head, he is clearly shown dreaming of an electric sheep.
Crazy, a humour magazine, (An imitator of the popular MAD Magazine.), published by Marvel Comics (1973 to 1983), published a Blade Runner parody comic called Blade Bummer.
In 1983, an anthropomorphic parody of Blade Runner, known as Bad Rubber, was released. It was written and illustrated by Steve Gallacci, and published in the prototype issue (NR 0, VOL 0) of his comic book title Albedo Anthropomorphics. In Bad Rubber, the character based on Rick Deckard is a duck named "Rick Duckard".
Steve Gallacci had seen Blade Runner opening night in Seattle, Washington. Afterward, at dinner, a friend of his (a duck fan) came up with the idea of Rick Duckert, and he sketched a flat-topped duck in a trenchcoat. Such a hit, within forty-eight hours the script of Bad Rubber was complete.
"The Long Tomorrow" is the title of a short story comic written by Dan O'Bannon around 1975 or 76, and illustrated by Moebius. The storytelling of "The Long Tomorrow" is inspired by film noir and hard-boiled crime fiction, but the story is set in a distant, science fiction future, making it one of the first true cyberpunk stories. The comic came to the attention of Ridley Scott and was a key visual reference for Blade Runner.
Ridley Scott wanted Giraud to work on Blade Runner, but he was under contract elsewhere at the time. Although he was not directly involved, his style was certainly referenced during production.
It was originally serialized in two segments in the French magazine Metal Hurlant in 1976 and later by the American magazine Heavy Metal in Vol. 1 No. 4 and Vol. 1 No. 5 published in July 1977 and August 1977 respectively.
Dan O'Bannon co-wrote the original story and screenplay for Ridley Scott's landmark film Alien (1979). O'Bannon went on to co-write the screenplay for Total Recall (1990), an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Later in 1995, he would co-write the screenplay for the movie Screamers, based on another of Philip K. Dick's short stories titled "Second Variety".
Alternate Opening Scene to Blade Runner.
On the web there once was a Japanese computer-generated animation of the following alternate opening scene to the Blade Runner movie. I did find the storyboard that it is taken from. If anyone knows of this animation I'd like to either host it or link to it to share with other Blade Runner enthusiasts.
The panels featured below are from Sherman Labby's storyboard, representing an unshot, alternate opening scene to Blade Runner.
This is close to what I remember. The clip I recall had a slower pace, and was crafted with more detail...smoothly done. This one is done differently. However, this is certainly the next best thing!
The Kindle 2 and iPod Shuffle perform a scene from Blade Runner
(Vid no longer available)
Ridley Scott carried a photo of Edward Hopper's famous painting "Nighthawks" with him during shooting to show it to the crew members, to give them a feeling what kind of mood he wanted to create in the film.
Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn't see it as particularly lonely... Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.'
Blade Runner enthusiasts take to the camera on Vimeo!
SCOTT FREE and BLADEZONE 2000
DVD layout and icons, Blade runner DVD special edition Project
Unreal Tournament 2003 - Matinee scene
by Ville-Pekka Vainio / Hennu
An imagenary trailer film of one vision of the BR universe inserted into "Unreal" world. Video is in DivX 5.1.1 / MP3 format.
Can also be viewed here.
DM-2019: Blade Runner UT2K3 The DM-2019 level is inspired by Blade Runner, the Ridley Scott classic from 1982.
Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Bladerunner Chronicles is an Internet-based fan film series currently in production. It will consist of 6 fifteen minute episodes.
MEMORIA'S Blade Runner: The Rock Project
Music inspired by the movie Blade Runner.
Off-world Colonies was performed at the point of the film when we first meet Deckard.
This track is a re-mix with added sound bytes from the movie.
The instrumental interlude, Blade Runner (End Titles), was composed by Vangelis. Blade Runner is copyright ©1982 Warner Brothers, Ladd Company, and the Blade Runner Partnership. The sound bytes used in this product is intended for free fan-share use only. No intellectual property infringement is intended.
My Mind Lies
Inspired by the last scene of the movie Blade Runner when Deckard walks into the the room where Rachel lies asleep. It is sung from the perspective of Deckard. He is expressing his feelings to Rachael.