The effort behind Anders Ramsell’s Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition must have been herculean: the Swedish artist creating a short-ish animated remake (“paraphrase,” in his words) of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, making a new hand-painted watercolor for every frame. At 35 minutes long, that came to 12,597 paintings.
Everything flies by in an impressionistic swirl, but fine details still find a way to emerge. When characters speak, their faces move with expression. When Deckard interviews Rachael as she smokes a cigarette, smoke billows past her face just as it does in the film. It’s wonderful.
Watch it above.