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The Los Angeles Map of “Blade Runner”

There is one thing I need to do to recreate Syd Mead’s Los Angeles. it’s mapping out Los Angeles in the film “Blade Runner”.

Ridleyville, Deckard’s apartment, Sebastian’s apartment, Tyrell’s pyramid, etc., each of which has to be well located. I can’t find any official information about their locations. So, I made my own map of Los Angeles of Blade Runner, using scenes from the movie as references.

The Los Angeles map made with reference to scenes from the movie (click to enlarge)
    1. The Bridge and Skyscrapers
      This is an illustration of Los Angeles 2019 by Syd Mead.

      Syd Mead’s illustration of the huge pyramid towers

      You can see the huge pyramid towers, the skyscrapers in the foreground, and bridge over a large river in this illustration.
      However, since Los Angeles does not have a big river like the illustration, so I decide that the ocean was in the foreground. If so, where would this bridge be located? I decided that this bridge is the bridge to “Santa Catalina Island” off the coast of Los Angeles.
      The skyscrapers are also extended further southeast from the current skyscrapers.
      The first cut of the Los Angeles scene in the Blade Runner White Dragon cut is footage taken from camera A.

      Los Angeles scene taken from camera A (White Dragon Cut 5)
    2. Ridleyville
      I decide that Ridleyville is located on the Warner Bros. studio where the set was actually located.

      New York Street, Warner Bros. Studio and Syd Mead’s illustration
    3. The LAPD
      I decide that the LAPD is located where it is actually located. Incidentally, Union Station, which was the location inside the LAPD in Blade Runner, is located very close to this LAPD.

      The LAPD(Google Street View)
    4. Deckard’s apartment
      I decide that Deckard’s apartment is located where the Ennis House, which was the location of Deckard’s apartment.

      The Ennis House, which was the location of Deckard’s apartment(Google Street View)
    5. Sebastian’s Apartment
      I decide that Sebastian’s apartment is located where the the Bradbury Building, which was the location of Sebastian’s apartment.

      The Bradbury Building, which was the location of Sebastian’s apartment(Google Street View)
    6. The Pyramid Towers
      I decide that the pyramid towers are located the east side of the skyscrapers, base on Syd Mead’s illustration. If you take a picture the pyramid towers with Camera B, you can see the skyscrapers and RIdleyville in the foreground.

      If you take a picture the pyramid towers with Camera B, you can see the skyscrapers and RIdleyville in the foreground.
    7. Industrial Area and Tyrell Pyramid
      At the beginning of the film “Blade Runner”, you can see the industrial area and the Tyrell Pyramid.

      The industrial area and the Tyrell Pyramid.(It would be shooting from Camera C)

      When Deckard and Gaff drive from the skyscrapers to the Tyrell Pyramid with the spinner, they passes through the industrial area on the way. This fact sees us that the industrial area is located between the skyscrapers and the Tyrell Pyramid.
      Since there is a national park to the north of the skyscrapers, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and little flat land to the west, the industrial area and the Tyrell Pyramid are located further east of the pyramid towers.

Now, if you would examine the scene of Deckard’s movement from the LAPD to the Tyrell Pyramid on the map, you would see that he passes through the pyramid towers before the industrial area.
This means that I need to make a new CG video of the spinner flying between the pyramid towers!

you can see that Deckard passes through the pyramid towers before the industrial area.

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