Monday, December 13, 2010
When we were assigned to watch Blade Runner at the beginning of the semester, I was tickled pink! It is one of my all-time favorite movies. As I had already seen both Blade Runner and Run Lola Run, I decided to go back and watch the special features on the new Director's Cut that I bought for my sister two years ago. What struck me about the back story of getting the movie made was the length of time and all of the iterations/road blocks that came up during the writing of the film. The screenplay was begun by David Hampton, based on the book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The director, Ridley Scott and Hampton bickered back and forth until finally, the director kicked Hampton off of the project and hired David Peoples to finish the story as Scott saw fit. At the beginning of the semester, watching this documentary on the project and getting the perspective that perfection takes time to cultivate, helped lay my mind to rest about the stories we were attempting to tell. Perhaps with a budget of several million dollars, several hundreds of employees and a few years to grind away, my project might start to resemble the epic tale told in Blade Runner!