The desk where Anders Ramsell painted the animation was always facing north.
Anders Ramsell used to get up at 4 am to be able to paint for 5-6 hours before leaving for work. After work he usually did another 6-7 hour session. This went on for approximately 2 years.
The sledge hammer and the crucifixion in the beginning of the animation are actually not scenes that exist in any other Blade Runner cut. They are especially made for The Aquarelle Edition.
A thing that Anders Ramsell worked a lot with but maybe not many people have thought of, is the use of purple/violet and how the color is linked with Roy Batty, (Rutger Hauer). The character bears traces of a Christ figure, hence the addtion of the crucifixion with Roy looking up at the hammer that is falling down on the nail. Purple/violet it is a symbol of pain, suffering , but also repentance and confession. The color returns during the animation very clearly but at times it also trickles out as if there would be someting wrong in the images.
Pris lips was originally painted with real lipstick in this scene. But in the end thoes images were scrapped, and remade with aquarelle.
The size of each painting…
- My Mother? Let me tell you about my mother… The frames just before Leon (Brion James) shoots Holden (Morgan Paull) did at first have a darker shade of red but it was changed to a brighter color with a splash of black to make the rage more vibrant.
In relation to Trivia 1, Anders Ramsell´s desk were actually placed facing north because of Rachel´s line - ”What if I go north, disappear…”
Druing the questioning of Leon you can actually see a small hair that got stuck in the red paint - in the light of the void kampff machine. It was left there because it made the shine more vivid.
The commercial with the geisha is in fact played backwards, because it happend to look and fit better with the sound.
Sketch lines were mostly just removed by a regular eraser or covered with paint. How ever in some scenes they were deliberately left - like in the same sense when you read a book and underline things you feel a certain connection to and know you have to remember forever.
”It seems you feel our work is not a benifit to the public…” MiQ Bohlin did a tremendous job with the syncing of the dialog to Anders Ramsell´s paintings. The original Blade Runner has a a lot of music over the dialog and in The Aquarelle Edition you needed to cut out certain parts of the speech and still make the background music not seem out of place.
The conversation between Deckard and Bryant was made in two different versions, one were the details were more visible and another that was more abstract. In the end just some frames from the detailed version remained; used like glimpses to enhance ceratin parts of the dialog. Above is one of the detalied frames that can be found in that scene...
The hard copy Deckard prints was remade several times, because Zhora´s expresson never felt right- untill the eye shadow was made a bit brighter and her hair more orange, only then the right blance was found.
The scene at Bryant´s office is longer in the final edit, compared to the one in the teaser.
”And hundred baby spiders came out and they ate her…” The moving yellow and black background is an illustration of the confusion, when realizing that the memories isn´t her own.
The folding lines in the paper where deliberately made to accompany the noise the void kampff machine makes when Rachel reveals herself as an android.
The interior of the ship was made more "clean" so the focus would be on the faces of Deckard and Gaff instead.
The unicorn was the last scene that was painted.
The tears in the rain monologue – Rutger Hauer´s character Roy Batty was made to apperar as transparent as possible, like his body would only appear when the rain hits against his skin and washes over it.