Friday, March 29, 2019

OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. IX, No. 6

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




In the news ...

  • Vangelis trades synthesizers for piano and finds life after the film score Vangelis was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for the release of his album “Nocturne,” a departure from the bank of synthesizers that normally surrounds the composer. It’s a collection of new works for mostly solo piano, with a little synthy accompaniment here and there. You can read the article HERE.




Today is Vangelis's birthday! 
Please join us in wishing him a very Happy Birthday! 


  • Syd Meads's Neo-noir Art Shines in Second Cover for Titan's Blade Runner 2019 | Some of the most energizing news emerging from Comics Land last year was the thrilling announcement of a brand new Blade Runner series courtesy of London-based Titan Comics 
Blade Runner 2019 #1's first provocative cover by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau was unveiled two weeks ago and now SYFY WIRE has the exclusive reveal of the second cover for the upcoming summer title and it's a beautiful neon-drenched tribute to the stellar work of Blade Runner's legendary concept artist, Syd Mead. More HERE.
Credit: Titan Comics




Now for some articles, art, videos, podcasts, and a bit of miscellaneous.


Articles:

Photo: Rulison Photography





Art:


Deckard -- made from the text of the screenplay for "Blade Runner", by Robotic Ewe.


by Axel Medellin




Music: 






Videos:










Podcasts:







Miscellaneous: 
  • Man Explores The Abandoned Power Station From 'Blade Runner 2049'


  • Virtual Girl -- BLACKBOX 1/6 BR - VIRTUAL GIRL ”Joi”




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.


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 (regularly updated)! And, for Blade Runner fanfiction, be sure to visit KippleZone.



"Have a better one!"


~Kipple


Saturday, March 16, 2019

OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. IX, No. 5

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




In the news ...





  • Return to the original world of Blade Runner 2019.

    • Welcome to the rain-soaked world of Los Angeles 2019 - a dystopic world of Replicants, Spinners, and hardboiled future noir. There's a new Blade Runner in town, and she's out for blood. Replicant blood.  
      As we learned back in February when this comic series was announced, one of the featured characters is a female Blade Runner named Ash. Looks as though she's taking the lead in Volume 1.   
      Written by Blade Runner 2049's Michael Green and Matt Johnson with illustrations from Andres Guinaldo, Blade Runner 2019 will follow a Blade Runner named Ash through the city of Los Angeles where the original movie was set. The first issue’s cover, illustrated by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, depicts Ash wielding her gun as she faces off what looks to be Rachael, the experimental Nexus-7 replicant who goes on to play a significant role in the franchise’s future.
      Available in paperback, November 19, 2019 HERE. 






      Ash, by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (Titan Comics)

      • You Can Now Own Drew Struzan's Blade Runner Poster That Was Nearly 40 Years in the Making | Drew Struzan is the name of names when it comes to movie posters and has been for decades. So, in the early ’80s, when he was asked to come up with concepts for a little Ridley Scott movie called Blade Runner, it certainly made sense.
      In the end, though, Struzan’s work wasn’t chosen for the film’s release. The studio instead went with John Alvin’s poster (which, to be fair, is pretty amazing too). Twenty years passed, and then Struzan was again approached by Scott, asking if that original work could be used for a re-release. Struzan agreed, but wanted to update it. The result ended up on the cover of the 2007 release of The Final Cut. 
      Now, over a decade after that and almost four decades since it was first conceived, you can finally own a limited edition print of Struzan’s work for Blade Runner. More HERE.




      Now for some articles, art, videos, podcasts, and a bit of miscellaneous.


      Articles:


      Art: 

      Rachael UE4 - by Liam Grice
      More info. HERE.


      By Esa Luttinen


      Videos:






      Podcasts:



      Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir 
      Episode 6: Blade Runner [September 2005]




      Minute 68: Deckard’s Loft




      Miscellaneous: 







      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.


      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! And, for more Blade Runner fanfiction, be sure to visit KippleZone.



      "Have a better one!"


      ~Kipple

      Saturday, March 9, 2019

      OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. IX, No. 4

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




      In the news ...


      • Library loaner book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, was almost thrown away. But the 'Friends of the Memphis Public Library' made the "sale of the decade" instead. | You never know what you'll find in a bin of old books. In the case of the Friends of the Memphis Public Library, you might just find a book worth $1,250. That's how much the organization made off a 1968 first-edition of a science-fiction book called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.  More HERE.




      • The Wall Will Tell You: The Forensics of Screenwriting, by Hampton Fancher | A completely original guide to the screenwriter's art -- as only the writer of Blade Runner could conceive. 
      The master speaks, in this unique guide for screenwriters -- and writers and artists of all kinds.  
      In short paragraphs--oracular and enigmatic, hardhitting and concrete--the man Forbes called a "creative genius" writes a guide book like none other for the aspiring screenwriter. Learn how to write living, breathing characters, exciting action and plot, and develop your own artistic vision. And learn how to never compromise that vision, most importantly, with yourself. More HERE.


      Word Bookstores presents: Hampton Fancher Wednesday, March 13, 2019, @ 7:30 PM. Discussion and Q and A. Brooklyn, NY · 718-383-0096




      Now for some articles, art, music, videos, podcasts, and a bit of miscellaneous.




      Art:


      by Axel Medellin

      Blade Runner 2017  by li xiang


      Music:

      Taking inspiration from the futuristic aural world of Ridley Scott's 1982 film "Blade Runner", composer and sound designer Gavin Salkeld has created a seamless sixty-minute suite of original music and sound effects that immerse the listener in the world of "Blade Runner". Featuring compositions inspired both by key scenes in the film and the film's original score by Vangelis, DANGEROUS DAYS is a bold and hypnotic experience. 


      Download the 96/24 hi-res album HERE.  


      Videos:















      Podcasts:










      Miscellaneous:  



      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.


      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! And, for more Blade Runner fanfiction, be sure to visit KippleZone.



      "Have a better one!"


      ~Kipple

      Friday, February 22, 2019

      OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. IX, No. 3

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




      In the news ...


      • Get a first look at the new Blade Runner comic. Last July it was announced that Alcon Media Group and London-based Titan Publishing were partnering in a new co-publishing venture which would initially focus on the Blade Runner universe. Now, EW can exclusively reveal that the first comic to explore that universe will be called Blade Runner 2019. Launching this summer, Titan Comics’ new series will be set during the exact timeframe of the original Blade Runner film, and feature a (mostly) new set of characters and situations. More HERE.




      Now for some articles, art, music, videos, podcasts, and a bit of miscellaneous.


      Articles:

      Art:


      "Rachael" by ekaterina z.


      "Tears in the rain ..." by Benjamin Carre


      Music:

       


      Videos:


      From kazuchoice's FanEdit, Blade Runner: White Dragon Cut Ver. 5. It seems to be coming along splendidly! 



      A dark realization burdens blade runner Devrouax, forcing him to question everything he's ever known. Will the weight of it all crush him, or will Devrouax find the answers he seeks?

      A Word from Director, Chris R. Notarile

      Like most filmmakers, Blade Runner was an insanely inspirational film for me. However, I never cared for it as a kid. Sure, I LOVED the visuals of a dark futuristic 2019. I loved the atmosphere, but when I first saw the movie, I did not care for it. This is largely in part due to the version in which I saw- the theatrical cut. I hated the gaudy voice-over, explaining everything to me like I was a moron, and I hated the "happy ending" of Deckard and Rachel flying off into the sun. But then, one day, I decided to give the movie another chance, and I picked up the FINAL CUT. And let me tell you, it was way more satisfying as both a film and an experience. 

      Not long after, 2049 was announced, and as a renewed fan, I was very pleased with the end result. Then, as 2018 came to an end, I realized I was ACTUALLY going to be living in LA, in 2019, and it dawned me- "Dude, I should make a Blade Runner short!" I literally said that to myself. 

      So I gave it the ol' Blinky try and thought about what I could possibly bring to the Blade Runner mythos. I knew going into this I did not want to give any definitive answers to any questions I raised, but rather HEAVILY imply things. That's how Ridley did it. That's how Denis did it. Who am I to go against the grain.

      My story was pretty simple. I wanted a film that ended the way it began but from a different perspective. One of the biggest plot points in 99% of Blade Runner-related content is always- "Am I real?" Or, "What is real?" So a protagonist like Devrouax, having an existential crisis seemed like a good idea.

      This film was shot in Los Angeles. I really wanted to make the thing look as legit as I could with a shoestring budget. So location scouting was key.

      Filming took a little longer than anticipated, but in spite of all scheduling conflicts, it got done!


      [The above content was taken from the video description.] 



      Podcasts:








      Listen to "Ep 2: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" on Spreaker.






      Miscellaneous:













      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.


      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! And, for more Blade Runner fanfiction, be sure to visit KippleZone.



      "Have a better one!"


      ~Kipple