The Cinematography of “Blade Runner” (1982)


  • Hey Evan, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I really appreciate your cinematography studies. I do production art for film/games so I find having these as reference for lighting can be helpful. You can view my site at:

    It's funny that you had posted a series on Bladerunner, since I had already gone in and taken a bunch of screen grabs for myself as well. Figures, since it is known for it's amazing cinematography.

    July 27, 2009
  • Pete

    The grade on the original directors cut is better.

    October 20, 2014
  • […] can click on the individual frames to get a large blowup. In Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, it’s exciting to see how almost every shot is a revelation in set design and […]

    July 8, 2015
  • Jeremy

    Love this site! Great work. Any idea when your breakdown of 2049 will be posted. Visually, it’s off the charts, even compared to the first Blade Runner.

    October 30, 2017
    • evanerichards

      As soon as the 2049 bluray is out I’ll try to post it!
      It is a beautiful film. I don’t know if I’d say it’s a better looking film than the first though. They both have very different looks, but the more I watch the first one the more I feel like it’s probably my all time favorite cinematography in any movie.

      October 30, 2017
  • I agree with you Evan. Blade Runner, along with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, probably has the best cinematography I’ve ever seen. Definitely one of my favourites. You should have included the shot with the all seeing eye in the beginning by the way.

    As for the sequel, Deakins did an amazing job. Some of his finest work. If he doesn’t win the Academy Award this year, I don’t know who will.

    November 2, 2017
  • Cyrus Kimani

    I’m disappointed by 2049. I expected more. In this day and age we have more advanced filmmaking technology. 2049 had a reported budget in the $150M to $180M range.

    Yet I find 1982 to be the superior film visually.

    The cinematography of 1982 BR is vastly superior to 2017 BR IMHO

    The analog VFX from 1982 still hold up and sometimes outshine current VFX

    And Vangelis’ score is still the one to beat.

    I know this is almost certainly an unpopular opinion…but enthusiastic as I was 2049 didn’t live up to my (admittedly exceedingly high)expectations.

    February 15, 2018

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