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Ridley ScottA Biography$
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Vincent LoBrutto

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177083

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177083.001.0001

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Ridley Scott

Vincent LoBrutto

University Press of Kentucky

In February 1980, Ridley Scott signed on to direct a film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? During development of the project the film became Blade Runner, a highly influential science fiction film set in a dystopian Los Angeles of the near future. The production was highly inventive and the narrative experimental. Scott pushed the cast and crew hard because of the limited amount of time he had to put his vision on film. The producers were constantly hounding him over what they considered excesses and lack of respect for the schedule, actually firing him and his producer Michael Deeley at one point, only to rehire them days later, although they constantly threatened to take the film over. Narration included for clarity slowed the film down and was eventually removed after the initial release. Blade Runner is a landmark film in visual effects and for its sophisticated narrative and complex characters.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Science fiction films, Los Angeles, androids, visual effects, film narration

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