The Art And Soul Of Blade Runner 2049 Book Review

Posted By yonghow on December 10th, 2017

The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review

This oversized hardcover volume documents the art and making of director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the groundbreaking sci-fi film Bladerunner, Blade Runner 2049. The book is written by journalist Tanya Lapointe, who shadowed the creative/film crew over the 2 years of production as she documented their work.

Included in the book are a good balance of concept art, storyboards, behind-the-scenes photography, and production stills, plus annotations and notes from the director and creative crew. Measuring a good 14.6 x 11.6 inches, it is quite a bit bigger than your usual art of book and really shows off the visual content.

The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review

(above & below) Artists working on miniatures for key structures and buildings featured in the film, including the LAPD monolith. With the wide advent of CG used for vfx these days miniatures is a welcome sight.

The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review

(above) The sweeping aerial shots are similar to some seen in the director’s earlier film, Sicario, both shot by the renowned director of photography Roger Deakins. I love his work.

(below) Concept art for K’s Spinner vehicle. Japanese concept artist Kouji Tajima ( see his art book here ) was also involved in the designs for some of these.

The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review

(below) Renowned concept artist Syd Mead also contributed to some of the designs for the Las Vegas set. I highly recommend checking out his art book The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist.

The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review
The Art And Soul Of Bladerunner 2049 Book Review

Blade Runner 2049 is certainly one of my favourite films of 2017. There is so much visual artistry and depth to the storytelling, and this book is a great way to learn more about the incredible work that the creative crew put in when making the film. Highly recommended.

“The Art And Soul Of Blade Runner 2049″ details :

– Dimensions – 1 x 14.6 x 11.6 inches
– Hardcover, 220 pages
– Full color

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2 Responses to “The Art And Soul Of Blade Runner 2049 Book Review”

martin

Gorgeous film. I don’t quite love it as much as other people do, but it lingered in my head and I look forward to watching it again on bluray.

yonghow

martin – The blu-ray will be out next month, so we won’t have to wait long. Hurray !