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What made “Blade Runner” groundbreaking was it created the visual look, atmosphere and world of cyberpunk. Ridley Scott and his team of incredible technicians built a futuristic Los Angeles that was the perfect extension of the near-future dystopia sci-fi authors were writing about in their books.

Very thorough analysis of Composition & Color of Blade Runner

Blade Runner (1982)  Movie color palette

The idea of technology changing the look a world was nothing new to sci-fi, but Mead’s early sketches and work with VFX artist Douglas Trumball and production designer Lawrence G. Puall projected a vision of the future on top of Los Angele.

Blade Runner color palette
Blade Runner is a tech noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, based on the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

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