Ridley Scott made a few cuts Blade runner– but what is his favorite scene?
If you read this page a lot, you know that Ridley Scott and I go way back. And by that I mean, my Hollywood career started as an intern at Scott Free and he once called me “Smiley”. Either way, it’s really fun to see Scott’s influence across the cinema and hear from one of the most brilliant and unique minds of a generation.
Scott is famous for getting involved Blade runner, but one scene that has never changed from cut to cut is when Deckard meets Rachel. It’s Scott’s favorite scene, and he sat down to explain how he worked on it and styled the elements in it.
Check out this video from WIRED and let’s talk after the jump.
Ridley Scott breaks his favorite scene for Blade runner
As I mentioned before the jump, Deckard first meets Rachel in this scene. He visits a man named Tyrell. Tyrell is the CEO of the company that makes replicants, and he’s probably the richest and most powerful man in the world.
When Deckard meets Rachel, he is intrigued by her beauty, but not impressed. If he gives her the replicant calm, he can immediately see that she is a machine and has no idea how she does not understand that she is one.
Deckard calls it “it” but we see that there is something more in his eyes. A man trying to understand how he is feeling.
There is a lot going on in these scenes. And Scott knew that every shift had to play a role. It has actually changed and redesigned Sean Young’s makeup on the scene. He painted her lips to give her harsher tones. Scott had done hundreds of commercials and fashion shoots, so he let her take her hair down too and style it more that way Hedy Lamarr.
One thing he wanted to do too was accentuate her eyes. Throughout the film, Scott wanted to highlight the replicants’ eyes. So they built a special camera rig to record them.
They had half a mirror mounted on the camera at a 45 degree angle. Then added a puppy light on a dimmer. It would shoot the mirror and then the light would hit the actor’s eyes. There would be a nice flash of light in the eyes.
Scott has always been accused of being too visual and is against it. His work on the pictures and small details has real impact on the story. There are clues as to who is and who is not a Replicant, and we see hubris in Deckard eventually dissolving into his character arc. It’s a really brilliant way of building the story and then building the world with Tyrell and his eccentricities.
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