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Deckard is a replicant…duh

Unicorn from dream sequence

Unicorn from dream sequence

Origami unicorn left by Gaff

Origami unicorn left by Gaff

 

A random thought last night spurred the question…wait was Deckard a replicant? I have never come to this conclusion on my own. But after doing some research I realized that yes, he is. This is evident in the Director’s Cut edition of the film.

Blade Runner is one of my favorite science fiction movies of all time. I cringe at the recent discussions surrounding a sequel. We all know how terrible the new Indiana Jones movie was (Crystal Skull...attack of the monkeys…spaceships…man-eating bugs…Shia LaBeouf…worst). Any remake would never live up to the original and Harry is getting a bit old. However, I did enjoy Prometheus thoroughly so Scott still has some life in him yet and we could see something spectacular if he assembles a crack team. An aging Deckard on his last leg could maker for an amazing film, full of big budget CGI, but hopefully not too much (we don’t want another Total Recall here folks). Scott’s use of CGI in Proetheus would be perfect for Blad Runner: not overpowering, but sophisticated, well timed and at points awe inspiring.

I did some digging and found some cool writings and videos on the matter. Yes, I got the boat loate, but better than never! Maybe I’ll watch Blade Runner again tonight.

Some interesting writings, media and videos on the topic that I found while researching:

BLADE RUNNER by Midnight Marauder

BLADE RUNNER by Midnight Marauder

BLADE RUNNER by Midnight Marauder

BLADE RUNNER by Midnight Marauder

Blade Runner OST – Vangelis

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Deckard as Replicant

(*Via Off World: The Blade Runner Wiki)

Is Deckard a Replicant? The question has been asked since Blade Runner was first released in 1982.

Today, most people well-versed in Blade Runner are convinced that Deckard is, like Rachael, a replicant who thinks he is human. Paul M. Sammon clearly and methodically lays out the arguments.

  • With the 2007 release of the Final Cut, some say the argument can be finally put to rest. Ridley Scott, with full control of the media, has put/left in the unicorn dream sequence as Deckard is sitting at the piano daydreaming. Thus, at the end of the movie, Deckard’s knowing nod when he picks up Gaff‘s origami unicorn and recollection of Gaff’s last comment concerning Rachael signifies Deckard’s own realization of the facts.
  • One interesting point that comes up is what Bryant really knows. Does Gaff know that Deckard is a replicant while Bryant does not? Or is it okay with Bryant that a replicant retirer is a replicant himself?

Ridley Scott have mentioned this matter in several interviews. BBC News ran a story about this in 2000, where he concludes that Deckard is a replicant. [1]

Also in a interview Ridley Scott did in Wired magazine in 2007[2], he explained this matter:

Wired: It was never on paper that Deckard is a replicant.
Scott: It was, actually. That’s the whole point of Gaff, the guy who makes origami and leaves little matchstick figures around. He doesn’t like Deckard, and we don’t really know why. If you take for granted for a moment that, let’s say, Deckard is a Nexus 7, he probably has an unknown life span and therefore is starting to get awfully human. Gaff, at the very end, leaves an origami, which is a piece of silver paper you might find in a cigarette packet, and it’s a unicorn. Now, the unicorn in Deckard’s daydream tells me that Deckard wouldn’t normally talk about such a thing to anyone. If Gaff knew about that, it’s Gaff’s message to say, “I’ve read your file, mate.” That relates to Deckard’s first speech to Rachael when he says, “That’s not your imagination, that’s Tyrell’s niece’s daydream.” And he describes a little spider on a bush outside the window. The spider is an implanted piece of imagination. And therefore Deckard, too, has imagination and even history implanted in his head.

Wired: Harrison Ford is on record saying Deckard is not a replicant.
Scott: Yeah, but that was, like, 20 years ago. He’s given up now. He said, “OK, mate. You win! Anything! Just put it to rest.”

Harrison Ford 1982 Interview with John C. Tibbets about the Film

Blade Runner’s Original Ending: Yes, Deckard’s A Replicant
(*Via i09)

A few precious pages from an early screenplay for Blade Runner have turned up online, and they’re radically different than the version you saw on screen. They end with Deckard realizing he’s a Replicant.

Blade Runner went through many drafts on its way to the screen, and that’s not even counting the last-minute revisions that added a new voiceover. For years now, we’ve had the July 24, 1980 version by Hampton Fancher, and the February 23, 1981 revision by Fancher and David Peoples. (Fancher didn’t want to make some of the changes director Ridley Scott kept insisting on, so Scott brought in Peoples to do them.)

But now another Fancher draft has surfaced at GameOfTheArt.com, and it’s dated December 22, 1980. (It appears to be genuine, but as always, you never know.) If it’s real, this might be Fancher’s last stab at the screenplay before he handed it over to Peoples. Also, there are a few pages of cool-looking storyboards, and here are a few images from them.

So how does this new draft differ from the other two known drafts? Here’s the evolution of Blade Runner’s ending:

July 24, 1980 draft:

Roy Batty dies. (And instead of that awesome speech, his last line is, “Crap.”) Deckard drags himself to his car and goes home to find Rachael. They get in Deckard’s car and drive out to the countryside, while Deckard’s voiceover talks about how they had a lovely day and he taught her a song about monkeys and elephants. And then Deckard takes her out in the snow and shoots her in the head. If he hadn’t done it himself, they would have done it, his voice-over explains. But now Deckard can’t go back to the city, and he’s no longer sure what’s really real. Maybe nothing is. He drives off. The end.

Blade Runner's Original Ending: Yes, Deckard's A Replicant

December 22, 1980 draft:

It’s the day after Deckard kills Batty, and he’s in his apartment with Rachael. Bryant shows up at Deckard’s apartment, and they talk on Deckard’s vidphone. But Deckard won’t let Bryant in. Deckard insists he’s alone, but Bryant can tell Deckard is lying. Bryant warns Deckard that Gaff is ambitious. There are long pauses while Deckard tries to figure out what Bryant means, and then he gets it. Deckard finds Gaff staking out his apartment, and almost shoots Gaff. But Deckard says (in a voice-over!) that he’s tired of pulling triggers. So instead Rachael and he sneak out and go out to the countryside. Rachael makes Deckard pull over because she’s never seen snow before. They talk about Roy Batty, and how he made Deckard realize every moment is precious. Rachael says it’s the happiest day of her life, then she begs Deckard to shoot her. He does. Then he drives off, realizing it’s too late for him to get away. “They wouldn’t give me papers for the Colonies even if I wanted them.” He wonders who designs “the ones like me.” As Deckard stares at the sky, he concludes his voiceover:

The great Tyrrell hadn’t designed me, but whoever had, hadn’t done so much better. ‘You’re programmed too,’ she told me, and she was right. In my own modest way, I was a combat model. Roy Batty was my late brother.

The end.

Blade Runner's Original Ending: Yes, Deckard's A Replicant

February 23, 1981 version:

Deckard and Rachael are in Deckard’s apartment. He asks her if she loves him, and if she trusts him, and she says yes. He packs some stuff and they head for the elevator, but he sees a tiny unicorn made of tinfoil: “Gaff’s gauntlet.” Then Deckard drives through the woods at 160 miles per hour. Deckard and Rachael smile at each other, but a blip flashes on the vidscreen of Deckard’s car. Deckard puts the tinfoil unicorn on the dash. Deckard’s car zooms through the woods, and he gives us a last voice over:

I knew it on the roof that night. We were brothers, Roy Batty and I! Combat models of the highest order. We had fought in wars not yet dreamed of… in vast nightmares still unnamed. We were the new people… Roy and me and Rachael! We were made for this world. It was ours!

And then the camera pans up above the woods and we see Gaff’s spinner, chasing them. The script says: “CREDITS ARE ROLLING, God help us all!” The end.

 Ridley Scott addressing the question: Is Deckard a Replicant?:

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Playlist 7 has ARRIVED

PL7

PL7: A summer companion to combat music mediocrity

Always new exciting & sounds coming out. I put together a new mix of summery jams. Highlights include Party Machine from master of strange-fi: Bruce Haack, Deerhunter’s raging new track Monomania from new distortion-centric LP: Monomania [out now], Shabazz Palace’s exquisite remix of Animal Collective’s New Town Burnout, Daft Punk’s collaboration with Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) in soaring nighttime anthem Doin’ it Right, a pumping new track from Sweden’s The Knife, Lana del Rey’s epic Young & Beautiful from The Great Gatsby OST and one nice lick from Mac Demarco (pumped to see him perform this summer at Union Park for Pitchfork Music Fest) plus many more.

Stream/download the whole thing below via Soundcloud. Track list is below that. Enjoy the soundzzz.

Party Machine  – Bruce Haack (0:00)

A tout a l’heure – Bibio (8:37)

Boe Zaah – Mac Demarco (12:40)

El Aparecido – Victor Jaras (14:20)

Doin’ It Right [feat. Panda Bear] – Daft Punk (16:32)

The Payback – James Brown (20:40)

New Town Burnout – Animal Collective {Shabazz Palaces RMX} (25:55)

Raging Lung – The Knife (33:46)

Sleepless– Andy Stott (42:30)

Casino Lisboa – Dirty Beaches (48:10)

Monomania – Deerhunter (51:52)

Young & Beautiful – Lana Del Rey (55:08)

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GHOSTFACE KILLAH Live in Bloomington

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Ghostface and cult reading…

The master of metaphor, the Nostradamus of non-sequitars, the story-telling-est Apollo Kid, the real Tony Stark: the Ghostface Killah tore it up at the Bluebird last night. Our very own Okie-Texan, by way of Shanghai, Surfwaco delegate, Zachary Carlisle Davidson was on the scene. Below are some of the photos of the show which involved an entire dramatic aspect to the performance. I’m glad to see contemporary rappers taking it beyond just the music. Makes me think of Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces (new remix below) and Fever Ray (1/2 of Sweden’s The Knife–one of the best releases of 2009 by far–also a video below–arguably her best–). Below is Killah & Adrian’s racy video for new track, Rise of the Ghostface Killah, from their new album Twelve Reasons to Die available everywhere.

Rise of the Ghostface Killah – Ghostface Killahg & Adrian Younge

Ghostface & Adrian narrating the story before Ghost dies and comes back after an interlude by Adrian and Delfonics. Adrian switches from bass to keyboards.

Adrian Younge

Adrian Younge

Ghost and Delfonics

Ghost and Delfonics

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Killa Priest. This was towards the end, everyone was wild by then.

New Town Burnout – Animal Collective (Shabazz Palaces RMX). This will be on a remix release, Monkey Been to Burn Town out May 28th via Domino.

When I Grow Up – Fever Ray

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Journey Into the Woods

 

A little context...

She stands bewildered by this man-made utopia

Had a wonderful photo-hunting nature exploration session yesterday with Surfwacoette, Julia. We shot through several rolls of 35mm film and exposed several Polaroids. The highlight of the trip was the discovery of a giant concrete custom skate pool in the middle of the woods by a small pond. It gets better…we then uncovered an abandoned mausoleum of skate decks and paraphernalia set within a mini cabin. Continuing on, we discovered a small village of isolated cabins big enough for at least a half dozen close friends. We both decided that our lives were just made a little bit more uncool and we must meet the founders of this sweet, secret skate utopia. Shots of our discoveries via Polaroid and iPhone are below. 35mmers to come once they get developed. Individual Polaroid scans to come soon…

Polaroids!

Mmmmm

Teddy wants to SHREDDDD

Yes please

Hmmmm....

Deckzzzz

Decks, decks, decks

Decksssss

Ceiling deckz

"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." – Jack London

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
– Jack London

Mausoleum

 

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Dont Look Back

Dont Look Back Title

Dylan with director D.A. Pennebaker

Subterranean

Playin' in the country!

One of the advantages of being at a “RESEARCH ONE INSTITUTION” are amazing on campus resources like a dedicated cinema that shows rare, indie and international films. I caught “Dont Look Back” a docudrama about Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of London. The film was gorgeous, partially because of the film grain and high contrast. It gave you an honest perspective of his life during the tour (stressed/constantly under questioning and ridiculing). The typography at the beginning of the movie was excellent. A big bold black title rested in the corner of the screen which was barely readable near Dylan’s wiry frame dressed in all black. The director’s name followed, stretched across the screen and completely unreadable. This all happened shortly after a quick snippet of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” that featured a cameo by Allen Ginsberg. If you haven’t seen this video, watch it below. If you have, watch it again!

A lecture preceded the film which mentioned Dylan being in a state of complete mental and physical dissolution by the time he left London. It was also mentioned that Dylan was convinced he would abandon songwriting all together after the experience in favor of a career in prose. However, after discovering one of his songs covered electrically by a British group hit #1 on the pop charts, wrote and recorded “Like a Rolling Stone” within 2 weeks of his return State-side and the rest is history.

One of the funny aspects of the film was this ongoing rivalry with an English singer songwriter by the moniker “Donovan.” He plays a great song while hanging with Dylan and his compatriots (he is obviously borrowing “a little” from Dylan’s songwriting style and presentation, regardless it’s a catchy well-written song). Watch a video of the track below.

Overall, if you like Dylan, see this film! It has been released in all the chrome on blu-ray. My favorite parts: a raging Dylan over the behavior of his hotel room guests surrounding throwing of glass bottles out of the window to the streets, Dylan’s exceptional one liners (“Give the ‘Anarchist’ a cigarette!”), anytime Joan Baez sang and Dylan’s irritating conversation with a “science student” who is a total gimp with no social skills (this guy actually grows up to be a big whig in the music industry who discovers Blondie).

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Angel Eyes

Andrew Cowie

Lately, I’ve been addicted to Angel Eyes, a moniker adopted by Melbourne based lo-fi guru, Andrew Cowie. I love the way he uses his voice amongst the clashing and clamoring of digital noise. This is some of the only music I feel I can meditate to. I envision an alternate universe of pyramids and sunsets in a ancient world long forgotten. Buy Cowie’s first release, Dire Dish, over on iTunes, highly recommended. His new release, Vice to Vice is out on cassette via Moon Glyph. Grab it here. Listen to some select tracks via YouTube/Soundcloud below.

Angel Eyes – Vice to Vice

“Flicked Bottle Tops”

Angel Eyes – Dire Dish

“Do Away With”

 

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New Polaroid Set Posted

Untitled I

Untitled I, 3.5″ x 4.25″, PX 680 Color Shade

Untitled VII

Untitled VII, 3.5″ x 4.25″, PX 680 Color Shade

I posted a new set of summery Polaroids courtesy of fellow instant lover Mo. Check out the full set over on the Polaroid page.

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A Visit to BlackHare Letterpress Studio

Surfwacoposter

BlackHare Studio

BlackHare Studio 1

I went for a very exciting visit to BlackHare Studio last week for some lessons in letterpress. My goal was to produce some personal business cards. With the help of VGreen Design, I came out with hundreds of cards and a handful of one-of-a-kind monotype letterpress prints.

BlackHare Studio 2

An impressive collection of metal and wood type of all shapes and sizes

BlackHare Studio 3

A vast collection of wood furniture

The studio was located in a downtown strip and was fully equipped with several large letterpress units. I printed my business cards on a small, but effective table top press.

I blind debossed my logo into my cards first using custom photo polymer plates. I printed my cards three-up on a page to save time with printing.

Custom photopolymer plates

My custom photopolymer plates mounted on a form

I hand set all of the letters and numbers on my card…three times…using a modern sans serif typeface (Spartan).

SD Creative...hand set

Business card set type in a composing stick

Business card type set in a composing stick

Business card type in composing sticks

I printed the rest of my information with a blue-green ink.

Business cards being printed on the tabletop letter press

Business cards being printed on the tabletop letterpress

Business cards printed

The cards were then cut down to the standard 3.5″ x 2″ size using a large papercutter.

SDCreativeCard

SDCreativeCard

After my cards were finished, we printed a handful of letterpress monotypes using an old U.S. Feed sign and some brayers on one of the large Vandercook presses.

U.S. Feed

US_Seeds1

US_Seeds2

I then dove into BlackHare’s collection of orphan type drawers to create an original letterpress poster for Surfwaco.

Original Surfwaco letterpress poster

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If you’re a fan of printmaking and graphic design, I suggest a visit to a letterpress shop. There are a lot of great ones across the country including, one of my favorites, The Firecracker Press in St. Louis, MO.

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Killer Covers: Black & White

As a designer, interesting and exciting album covers are an important part of the music experience for me. Here’s some great cds that go hard using only black and white.

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Madvillian–Madvilliany

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Tokyo Police Club–Smith EP

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The Shins–Port of Morrow

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Video for Matthew Dear’s “Her Fantasy”

Dear

Psyched about Matthew Dear’s new LP coming out next month (Beams). 2010’s Black City was incredible. Buy it if you don’t have a copy. Below is the video for new single “Her Fantasy.” Strange but amazing…just like his music.

(Via Ghostly International)

“Her Fantasy,” the highly praised lead single––and dare we say summer anthem––gets a very fitting video treatment. Director Tommy O’Haver’s video takes us on a journey through bizarre sequences of debauchery and seduction with a hint of humor, as he pays homage to Avant Garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger in a self-described “mash-up”. Tommy brings out the dark side of the psychedelic pop synth track by using pulsing lights, dim colors and exotic subjects. Featuring a pink-haired geisha, a slow-moving harlequin clown, and a smiling lady with a cage over her head, “Her Fantasy” is a very weird trip. Also, check out the Australian producer Tornado Wallace’s remix of said single. Beams is available August 27th & 28th. Pre-order now.

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