Blade Runner has been a staple of the sci-fi noir aesthetic since its release in 1982, as was the book it was based upon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? before it. Now, we get a new incarnation of the story that thrusts it into abstraction and psychedelia.
Swedish artist Anders Ramsell is recreating the feature film frame by frame using watercolor paintings, which will eventually culminate as an interpretive animation piece. So far, he’s completed 12 minutes of the film, which has taken 3285 aquarelles painted over 11 months of painstaking work.
The scenes are sometimes hard to recognize, but their continuity conveys the scenes and story line in a different light, renewing the experience for anyone familiar with the film. Here are some frames from Ramsell's animation showing the moment when Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) tests Rachel (Sean Young) to see if she's a replicant. Compare the two for yourself.
And take a look at the Voight-Kampff Machine, a polygraph-like device used to test individuals to see if they're replicants or not.
And in water color…
Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the whole water colored version of the movie to come out, which should probably happen in a couple of years. Would you watch it?