With the 30th anniversary of the release of Blade Runner this year and a followup film heading our way in the next couple of years, director Ridley Scott’s science-fiction noir classic has a little higher than usual profile right now. And one of the things that have helped the film’s longevity is the meticulous world that Scott and his production designers created. At the time of Blade Runner‘s release, you could see some of the work those designers did in the book The Blade Runner Sketchbook. Unfortunately, it has been out of print fro some time and a much sought after collector’s item, demanding close to $300 from Amazon marketplace sellers online.
But for those fans who don’t have the three bills for a copy of the book there is an alternative. The book is now available online for everyone to peruse the stunning work of designers like the legendary Syd Mead, Mentor Huebner, Charles Knode, Michael Kaplan and Scott. It’s an amazing look at what went into the creation of the film’s dystopian future and what didn’t get get into the film.
You can check it out here.