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Creating the Set of Blade Runner

<p>A dystopian Los Angeles that fits on a tabletop and other pre-<span class="caps">CGI</span> curiosities.</p>

Before there was computer generated imagery, moving makers still had to figure out innovative ways to create artificial cities to blow up. In this 6-minute mini-doc, Douglas Trumbull shows and tells how Blade Runner’s futuristic-apocalyptic set was built, including all the fans that were needed to blow under the table the model of someday L.A. sat on, because the fiber-optics for all the miniature city lights got so hot.

Watching the footage now, can you tell that it was made from a tiny model? How do you think the movie would have been different if it was made with CGI?