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Here's how Blade Runner 2049 brought that shocking scene to life

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Jan 3, 2018

Can you tell what’s real or fake anymore? Movie magic keeps pushing the boundaries and tireless visual effects artists to the limit with every blockbuster film. The work behind 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 is a prime example of how real VFX can look.

You should probably stop reading if you don’t want to avoid spoilers if you haven’t seen the film.

Moving Picture Company released a video showcasing how their team brought back Rachael as if she walked on the set in 1982. MPC's Richard Clegg worked meticulously with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Production VFX Supervisor John Nelson to impose Sean Young’s likeness into the film.

Entertainment Weekly splendidly breaks down how the character replicated and spoke with Young about her experience on set. "It's one thing to make a digital double look real, it's another to make them perform and act,” Young told EW. Along with bringing old characters back, the designers also went above and beyond to bring their version of future-LA to life.

So, this begs to resurrect the old debate: will computers replace actors? Nelson says not to worry. According to io9, it took a year to make this scene a reality. The amount of time and patience on the actor can be difficult. "I think real actors are safe for a long while,” Nelson assured EW.

Check out how MPC’s VFX breakdown below.

Were you shocked to see how realistic Replicant Rachael looked? Do you prefer the good old fashion SPX make-up? Let's take this to the comment section and discuss this like civil cinephiles.