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How to Make a Dystopian Los Angeles

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Douglas Trumbull, who created the special effects for Blade Runner, shows on his website how he and his team created the opening "Hades Landscape," in which fire belches into the sky above a haze-coated future Los Angeles. The explanation involves detailed acid etchings, lots of smoke, and forced perspective, plus borrowed explosions "created through massive pyrotechnics shot in the California desert for a discarded sequence for the 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni film Zabriskie Point." [Douglas Trumbull, via Gizmodo]