Here’s a little post showing my progress so far on the Blade Runner Blimp, a 1/2 studio scale project I started three years ago. I have always loved the film, and the technology it presents. Naturally, the blimp was something I always gravitated towards – mysterious, full of lights, and organic in shape. Getting reference on the blimp was always tricky, and the project has been able to happen only because of the generosity of a few key individuals who provided me with the materials that I needed, to make the model as accurate as possible. It will have hundreds of lights, what seems like miles of fiber optics, and two LCD screens showing the original source footage from the film, including the Offworld ad and Geisha B-Roll. I have recreated the “sound” of the blimp, with engine rumble, fog horn, echo filters on the narration, and the vaguely creepy song as heard during the blimp sequence. I’ve also worked with a talented 3D artist, a stellar vac-former, and Dan from Lightbenders – the wizard responsible for the lights and motors in this model. Motors you say? Yes – each of the four spotlights on the bottom of this blimp will have two small servos responsible for moving the LEDs in random sweeping arcs, as seen in the film!!