Blade Runner 2049 Director Discusses Amount of CGI and Green Screen Effects in the Film

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Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 film, seems to be a film that will heavily use green screen and CGI effects because of its cyberpunk nature, but according to director Denis Villeneuve, there will be a limited amount for those types of effects. He shot as much as possible in-camera. Speaking to Variety, he says:

"I think I can count on one hand how many times I saw a green screen in all of those months of shooting. There will be CG enhancements, of course, but as much as possible it was in-camera."

I thought the film would rely so much on CGI work to depict its Cyberpunk future, but it's good to know that the sequel is using old school filmmaking techniques, and the director went on to say why he prefers working this way:

"I hate green screens. It sucks out all my energy. I get depressed. For Blade Runner, we tried our best to do as much as possible in-camera, building everything."

Despite the limited CGI, the film isn't cheap to make. It's said to be the most expensive R-rated film ever made. Villeneuve went to talk about the film's equilibrium:

"I think the movie we are doing, we will need to find our own identity and territory, and at the same time be faithful and linked to the first project. It's that equilibrium we are trying to find."

Blade Runner 2049 will be released in theaters on October 6, 2017.

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