Geekery: Weta’s Miniatures for Blade Runner 2049

Weta Workshop recently shared some photos of the models they built for the movie.

When director Denis Villeneuve took on the project he promised a certain level of physical effects. As those that have seen the movie are aware: he didn’t break that promise. The mix of practical effects, miniatures, and CG was amazing. Weta Workshop built a bunch of miniature sets for the movie that look like they’d fit in nicely with Douglas Trumbull and Syd Mead’s work on the 1982 film.

Chris Menges working on a city scape.

Lauren May adding details to a building.

Rob Chesney gluing some siding onto a skyscraper.

Zan Johnson makes sure a building is ready to be filmed.

Starting work on what would become the highly detailed Trash Mesa.

Oscar award winning cinematographer Alex Funke takes a look at some of the shots Weta has lined up. He worked with them on LoTR.


All of these photos and more can be found in The Heart and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 published by NECA, which is available now on Amazon and at your local bookshop.

As a bit of a bonus: this is a great short doc from Vice that takes a look at some of the effects used in the film. It has set walk throughs, a look at some of the props, and interviews with the cast and crew. Well worth your time.


What did you think of the look of the movie? Did it meet your expectations?

  • zeno666

    Are those terrain pieces to make 40k 8th edition playable?

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s 9th edition. After the failure of getting every space marine player to upgrade their armies to primaris, GW upped the scale to 50 mm.

      • Damistar

        For goodness sake, give it a rest already! If you don’t like 8th ed. then play something else. There are plenty of options out there.

        • ZeeLobby

          Lol. They’re just jokes man. Breathe!

  • euansmith

    The giant holograms look a lot better with their cloths on.

  • af

    I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t like Blade Runner 2049 and didn’t like its visuals either (which, it should be noted, even negative reviews praised). I absolutely adore the original and my expectations were probably too high; I also didn’t think a sequel was needed to begin with.

    What’s puzzling to me is that everything looks so fake and obviously CGI — even when some of it was actually done with miniatures! It’s like they put all this effort and it still looks fake and boring.

    Of course, this is just my opinion, YMMV, etc, etc.

    • Marcus Langdale


  • Richard Mitchell

    Damn! Lauren May has it going on! And the models are cool too.