Upon the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, much of the visual effects discussion was tied with how much practical, on-location work was done to bring this futuristic cityscape to life. Of course, when it comes to a vision of this scale, the visual effects team still have a hefty load, and now with the arrival of new VFX reels, we can get a stronger sense of this mix of practical footage shot by Roger Deakins and the immaculately-detailed computer-generated imagery.

“Once we got that environment down, we went through and designed the cities,” visual effects supervisor John Nelson tells Digital Trends. “We designed this brutalistic architecture which sort of takes on a little bit of what is in the first movie, without the industry. We took away all the cars and took away all the trees, and then we designed different scales of that brutalistic architecture: Normal scale, large scale, and super scale.”

Check out the VFX reel via Rodeo, following the recently announced shortlist of Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Oscars. One can also see a WETA Workshop reel below and more at Framestore.

Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Blade Runner 2049 arrives on Blu-ray on January 16.

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