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BLADE RUNNER revisited

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Published on: 22 August 2010

Video artist François Vautier made an experimental film in tribute to Ridley Scott’s legendary film “Blade Runner” (1982).
This film was made as a unique picture with a resolution of 60.000 x 60.000 pixels (about 3.6 gigapixels)
It was made with 167,819 frames from ‘Blade Runner’.

The artist explain

  1. first step : the “picture” of the film
    I extracted the 167,819 frames from ‘Blade Runner’ (final cut version,1h51mn52s19i)
    then I assembled all these images to obtain one gigantic image of colossal dimensions : a square of approximately 60,000 pixels on one side alone, 3.5 gigapixels (3500 million pixels)
  2. second step : an illusion
    I placed a virtual camera above this big picture. So what you see is like an illusion, because contrary to appearances there is only one image. It is in fact the relative movement of the virtual camera flying over this massive image which creates the animated film, like a film in front of a projector.

source : Blade Runner de Ridley Scott (the final cut)
duration : 1h51mn52s19i > 167819 frames >>
one picture / format psb : 60 000  X 60 000 : 3 540 250 000 pixels >> 3,5 gigapixels
compositing> logiciel : Combustion. Mac pro 2X 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon. nombre de layers : 1!

Note by me: 3.600.000.000 are 3.515.625 mega-pixels, so the title should be “> 3.5” not 3.6. But it’s only an academic question.

In my opinion, the interesting fact is that this is a whole film in a single image. All the 167819 frames from the film are in this mammoth image.

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