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Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner Paperback – May 1, 1996
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About the Author
Paul M. Sammon's distinctive career can best be described by the film industry expression "hyphenate."
As a writer, Sammon has published numerous articles, short stories and books. His many film journalism pieces have seen print in The American Cinematographer, Cahiers du Cinema, The Los Angeles Times, Omni, Cinefex, and Cinefantastique. Sammon's fiction has appeared in Peter Straub's Ghosts (1995), and he recently edited both the 1994 "dead Elvis" anthology The King Is Dead plus the "no limits" anthologies Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror and Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (1995).
But Paul M. Sammon does not only write about movies--he works in them as well. He first entered the industry as a publicist in the late 1970s, before moving on as a second-unit director, special effects coordinator, still photographer, electronic press kit producer, and Vice President of Special Promotions. Some of the scores of motion pictures on which Sammon has labored include RoboCop, Platoon, Blue Velvet, Conan the Barbarian, and The Silence of the Lambs.
By the late 1980s, Sammon was working in Japanese television, where he coproduced popular entertainment programs like Hello! Movies for the TV Asahi network. By the 1990s, Sammon had served as Computer Graphics Supervisor for RoboCop 2; he recently was Digital and Optical Effects Supervisor for 1995's XTRO: Watch the Skies.
Despite this background, however, Sammon still likes nothing better than sitting down with a good movie. And Blade Runner remains one of his favorite films.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book reads easily and well, Sammon's style informal. He writes as one BR fan to another, a great approach. The production details are thorough, insightful, and wonderful to read, 441 pages in 18 chapters, with nine appendices containing interviews, production details, the cast list, etc. Sammon is a total BR devotee, I compliment and commend him on his achievement and the recognition of those who worked so hard to make BR.
There is vast information throughout from all members of the cast and crew, all of them supportive of Sammon's effort to tell their story. There is surprisingly liberal information from the movie's principals, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Michael Deeley, Syd Mead, Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. One disappointment is the absence of direct input and comment from the soundtrack maestro, Vangelis. Sammon nevertheless gives him thorough justice.
Wonderful esoteric tidbits abound through the book, such as the revelation that the original lead was not Harrison Ford, but Dustin Hoffman.Read more ›
Written by Paul M. Sammon, the book takes us through the making of the film, the initial screenings and subsequent release, interviews with the cast and crew, the special effects, mistakes and problems with the film, the question of "Is Deckard a replicant?" and much, much more. This book is very much a reference book so it can be read in almost any order and referred to when you have questions that need answering.
The book provides some very interesting little insights into the film. One example, revealed during an interview with M. Emmet Walsh, is that Ridley Scott said that Walsh's character, Harry Bryant, had a stomach problem. This is the reason why he pours two shots for Deckard in his office and none for himself. He likes to see other people drinking since he can not.
The book is quite long and goes into a lot of detail, particularly in the section dealing with special effects. If you're not interested in such things it can be skipped over, however I am happy that it was included. It is better to have too much information than not enough. One thing that bothers me a bit is the fact that shortly before the book was to be published the publisher cut almost 300 pages of material from the book. This left Sammon scrambling to figure out what to cut and where to put important information from those deleted chapters in the book. There is talk of republishing the book in an expanded, more heavily illustrated version in 2002, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Blade Runner's original release, but whether this will happen is not yet clear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As fascinating as the movie. Paul Sammon did an excellent job showing readers what went in to making one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ed.
Never even seen the movie until recently. Only got it because someone had recommended it to me because of my interested of the process of filmaking. Its a good read.Published 5 months ago by rob
Mr. Sammon puts you on the set during the filming of this classic movie.He takes you step by step through it all in great detail.A must for any fan of this classic movie. Read morePublished 7 months ago by F. Clark
This is a very helpful source book for teaching a class on cinema.Published 13 months ago by Adelheid
So amazing reading about all the stuff you don't see in the film. This book is wonderful.Published 15 months ago by Alfred P Liebold III
Everything you need to know about Blade Runner is in these pages. From conception, to production, casting, special effects and beyond, Sammon leaves no detail uncovered.Published 17 months ago by Anthony T. Milazzo
The genesis and journey of this iconic movie is worth every hour of reading..the winners and losers and ' Batty's ' time to die monologue make this a must for perveyors of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Grieve
This book thoroughly reviews all aspects of the movie. From the conceptualizing the book to film all the way through the process of making the movie. A lot of good insight. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Drew