I like my iTunes movie library to look nice. Quite often I don’t like the artwork they provide, other times I have to resize posters as the item isn’t in iTunes at all.
Occasionally I create my own piece (by blending existing artworks that I like). Here’s the one I did for Blade Runner using the magnificent original poster by Drew Struzan (a different variation was used for the original movie poster - this is the one he cleaned up years later).
I’ve got my own versions of the Star Wars movies, Doctor Who series, plus quite a few more. Drop me a line in my Ask if you’d like me to post them.
I was afraid to watch Blade Runner in the theater because I was afraid the movie would be better than what I myself had been able to imagine. In a way, I was right to be afraid, because even the first few minutes were better. Later, I noticed that it was a total box-office flop, in first theatrical release. That worried me, too. I thought, Uh-oh. He got it right and nobody cares! Over a few years, though, I started to see that in some weird way it was the most influential film of my lifetime, up to that point. It affected the way people dressed, it affected the way people decorated nightclubs. Architects started building office buildings that you could tell they had seen in Blade Runner. It had had an astonishingly broad aesthetic impact on the world.
I began working on this piece of art way back in 1982 when I was commissioned by the Studio to explore concepts for the poster. I did one colour comprehensive originally and from that made a few alterations as requested by the Studio. In the end, they did not use my design so I never painted the finished illustration
In 2001, when Ridley Scott was thinking of releasing a new director’s version of the film, I was asked if my original sketch from ‘82 could be used on the cover. It turned out that this was Ridley’s favourite artwork for his film. I went through the usual artist angst, rather than use a comprehensive for the cover, better to use finished art and if I’m going to paint the finish should it be the 20-year-old design or should it be updated. I decided on the latter. The DVD was produced at long last and this is now the cover (2007)
I’m a huge Shaun Micallef fan. I didn’t see his early stuff, but became addicted thanks to his ABC series The Micallef Program / Programme / Pogram.
When he started on Ten’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation I thought it would all be over in a couple of episodes. The man is brilliantly insanely obscure, and network television doesn’t accept this kind of genius. I’m so glad I’ve been wrong.
What’s impressed me this year are his numerous references to Blade Runner and science fiction in general. This week’s episode included an Aliens question (unanswered - Newt), the continuing placement of the Tyrell Corporation chair (Bladerunner), and a Jedi Starfighter (!) on his desk.
Even cooler, on the TAYG website is an explanation on said Starfighter, which concludes with
… the ship was linked to his mind, and responded to his various Jedi psychic skills. This is easy to miss, when watching the film - partly because it’s never explicitly stated, and partly because Hayden Christensen is an appalling actor.