Spectacular Blade Runner fanfilm, made for less than $1,500

Julio writes, "Writer and director Christopher Grant Harvey has shot Tears in the Rain, a stunning fan film set in the Blade Runner universe with just a $1,500 budget." Goddamn, that's some badass fanfilm.

In a dystopian Los Angeles future, replicants or genetically engineered humanoids are created to work forced labour on off-world colonies. The latest generation, the Nexus 3 series, begins to display erratic and violent behaviour. Replicants were not designed to experience complex emotions or develop long-term memories. In the wake of corporate scandals of the previous decade, the Tyrell Corporation quietly attempts to remove Nexus 3 from circulation.

John Kampff (Sean Cameron Michael), a senior engineer, heads up the Tyrell Retirement Division. With the primary objectives, detect and remove Replicants, John has suspected Nexus 3 Andy Smith (Russel Savadier) firmly in his sights. As John soon learns, Replicant detection is nearly impossible without specialist equipment. The Voight-Kampff, a polygraph-like machine used by retirement engineers to help in the testing of an individual to learn if they are a replicant, is a distant thought in John Kampff's mind.

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  1. Yes, I don't want to spoil it either, but I would hint that this scene is based on one particular quote from Rachel in the original film. A good Blade Runner fan will know which quote by the end of the short.

  2. This was really good (as in, it held my attention all the way through unlike most fan films!)

    I could be wrong though, but I didn't think replicants were implanted with artificial memories until the ones we see in Blade Runner (Rachel and possibly Decker.)

  3. Hey there, Chris Harvey here. Yup we wanted a talking heads film to explore the limitation of just storytelling and character building. I did not want a huge chase scene, I wanted to tackle the fundamentals with this, what is it to be human - that was the goal. :slight_smile: Thanks for watching.

  4. Hi there, Chris Harvey here, I made Tears. Those are the people I begged and pleaded for some money to make this. :slight_smile:

  5. Hi there,

    I hear what you're saying, but see it from the inside.

    I work in the industry, as an editor & DIT/camera tech, I have done my fair share of "free", and I have given my expensive gear out for "free". Next week some students are using my gear for a project, I believe in helping and asking for help. I have made my fair share of short films, and they are all funded out of my day job as well as my mates from school. I asked for help and never expected it. I did not force anyone to work. I have worked overtime on a 12 hour day and waivered extra pay just to get the project done.

    I have supported many films on Kickstarter and seen nothing in return. Does it bother me? Eh. Will I give other artists some of my hard earned money? Yes. You bet your ass! We are in this together until someone solicits work and provides a budget.

    In fact, the camera was supplied to us for "free", but I had to work off the monetary value off after the fact. I went out as the DIT on many shoots with the camera paying back that rental value. I agreed to the deal. We are not out to screw anyone, the "exec producers" you see, I went to high school & film school with them. Most do not even work in the industry. I begged for money to make this. We shot 16 pages in a 48 hour period, I covered crew and cast expenses and paid for everything that could not be offered for "free" Full rates? No. Nobody was forced to work on this. I cannot emphasize how small in scope this project was at the time of making it. The end product does not represent that because I agonised over it for five years.

    This is a fan film. I have seen wedding videos with more production value and probably more money on the screen.

    This cost me five years of my time. Five years. I was willing to wait on people who would help out a little after hours for a few hours a month to get this complete. Just because it cost $1500 does not mean it is worth that amount - I know that difference.


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