Monday, January 8, 2018

OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. VIII, No. 1

Welcome to another edition of the OFF-WORLD NEWS Digest.




In the news ...


  • Denis Villeneuve Talks 4-Hour Cut Of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Shortly after “Blade Runner 2049” opened this fall, editor Joe Walker discussed the wealth of material that didn’t make the nearly three-hour movie we all saw in cinemas. The one tidbit that captured many people’s attention was his revelation that “the first assembly of the film was nearly four hours and for convenience sake and – to be honest – my bladder’s sake, we broke it into two for viewings.” Most assumed this meant there’s some kind super, extended cut of “Blade Runner 2049” kicking around, but according to Denis Villeneuve, it was an idea that really didn’t get very far. More HERE.
  • Ridley Scott has plans for another Blade Runner sequel: "I've got another one ready to evolve" Don't write off the replicants just yet Blade Runner fans, as Sir Ridley Scott has confirmed that he still has a few ideas that he could turn into another film rattling around in his mind. More HERE.
  • Danger Close Studios is going to produce a 20-minute Blade Runner short fan film, based on Gerry Kissell's short fanfic story, "Solstice." 

The painting created for the short story, seen here, is actually the very first digital painting Gerry ever created, back in 1998.

Travis Williams, the producer, said,"I read that story and it was thrilling and even scary in a scene. I was shocked at what a fantastic story it was, and all I could think, after reading it was, I have got to make that into a movie."

Patrick Parenteau, someone else well known from the BladeZone crew, is also working on the film. He is famous for the Spinner CG animations early on, and one of the first CG artists to render a 3D model of the spinner. He has worked in both film and video game industries and is one of the best in his field.









Now for some articles, art, videos, podcasts, and some miscellaneous!



Articles:

Art:
Blade Runner 2049 by @GlenBroganArt

Blade Runner 2049 by Andrew Sebastian Kwan

Blade Runner 2049 Concept Art by Peter Popken 


Videos:










Podcasts:











Miscellaneous:

  • PRE-ORDER: Limited Edition 1/6 "Officer Joe K" Painted and Unpainted Head Sculpts
    HERE
























If anyone has comments, feedback, or questions, please feel free to post them in the Comment section below. And if you'd like to contribute, or recommend Blade Runner-related art, music, video, podcast, or article, you may do so at Kipple@KippleZone.com.

And remember to follow @OffWorldNews on Twitter to receive these and other Blade Runner related news items, (including movie showings, specials, and more not featured in this newsletter), as it comes in. 

And be sure to visit KippleZone's Pinterest page for more Blade Runner images, and videos; from behind-the-scenes photos to fan art, figures, and props!



"Have a better one!"


~Kipple 
(C.A. Chicoine)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blade Runner 35th Anniversary Cast Reunion at NY Wintercon 2017







On Saturday, December 2, 2017, New York WinterCon in Queens, NY hosted a Blade Runner 35th Anniversary Reunion Panel featuring many of the cast members of the original Blade Runner film. Present at the con and panel were Rutger Hauer (Roy Batty), Sean Young (Rachael), William Sanderson (J.F. Sebastian), Joanna Cassidy (Zhora), and Kevin Thompson (Napoleon Bear).











Because NYWintercon set up their main stage in the middle of the convention floor, all of the noise taking place at the convention surrounds the stage, and so the audio can be tough to hear at times. Below are two videos of this panel. The first video has a better visual presentation. While the second video has a slightly better audio presentation. Take your pick.




Blade Runner Winter Con Exclusive Print




Also at NYWintercon was Scott Pettersen. He is a freelance sculptor and painter. He is best known for his portrait sculptures, 1/6 limited art figures, and resin kits.

Some of the cast of Blade Runner posed with Scott Pettersen's figures of themselves at NY Wintercon 2017. He was happy to hear they all really liked the figures and were willing to take these great pics with them. Thanks to Frank Patz for the "precious photos"! 


Joanna Cassidy "Zhora" 

Kevin Thompson "Napoleon Bear" 

Sean Young "Rachael" 

Rutger Hauer "Roy Batty" 

William Sanderson "J.F. Sebastian" 



"Have a better one!"

~Kipple