Shooting Blade Runner 2049's Climactic Scene Was Two Weeks Of Misery
The finale of "Blade Runner 2049" puts its protagonist, K, played by Ryan Gosling, through mental and physical ordeals.
K's bubble about being the Chosen One, the first human kid born of a bioengineered replicant, is blown when he finds himself in a horrific fight on a seawall with fellow replicant Luv (Sylvia Hoeks)
K has stopped the off-world transport transporting Luv and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who remains shackled inside while waves break all around them and the water level increases, threatening Deckard's drowning.
Luv swings a knife, blood is spilled, and the fight for survival appears to have extended to the filmmakers.
Denis Villeneuve's film, the 2017 sequel to Ridley Scott's original 1982 "Blade Runner" picture, had a seawall sequence shot on a set in a water tank in Budapest.
According to Paul Lambert, Double Negative's resident VFX supervisor, it took "two weeks of night filming with simulated rain and wind."
Lambert and other members of the "Blade Runner 2049" visual effects crew spoke to Creative Bloq about its production, and it wasn't "all sunshine and rainbows," as Rocky once quipped.
Lambert also said how cinematographer Roger Deakins (who, like the visual effects team, won an Academy Award for "Blade Runner 2049")
While the rain created a technical problem, Lambert and the team had an even more great creative challenge in realizing K's digital girlfriend, Joi (Ana de Armas), an effect that was "complex and difficult to pull off."