The mysterious "toymaker" J.F. Sebastian is an iconic part of Blade Runner history—and the man behind the character is just as fascinating. In this interview, beloved character actor William Sanderson sits down with Dan and Patrick to discuss his journey to Hollywood, his experience working with Ridley Scott, and his recent memoir (which you can purchase here, on Amazon).
In this minisode, Patrick talks with David Leach, Senior Creative Editor at Titan Comics. David is overseeing the creation of the upcoming Blade Runner 2019 comic series; he was kind enough to give us TONS of new details and information you won't find anywhere else.
Welcome to the first installment of our first-ever Shoulder of Orion miniseries: A 700 Layer Cake: The Cult of Blade Runner! Since we'll be spending a great deal of time over the coming months focusing on the first Blade Runner film, we thought it fitting to go back to the very beginning: Philip K. Dick's seminal Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Before there was a global fan community—before there were films, before there were digital paintings and tribute albums and comic books and computer games and fan conventions—there was a little book by a brilliant, troubled man.
Our story—the story of this very podcast—begins with that novel.
Let's start from the beginning.
In the first of two episodes, JM and Dan sit down with Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. From Descartes to Deckard, Nietzsche to Batty, the discussion explores Tim's book Philosophy and Blade Runner as together they shed old light on new problems and new light on old problems.
Here is a link to the book, also available on Amazon etc:
For more info on Timothy Shanahan and his other writings:
The Pacific Standard interview on Blade Runner 2049:
We have come upon the one year anniversary of Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast. What a year it's been. In this mini episode Jaime, Patrick, and Dan discuss their first year, and how incredible the journey has been so far.
This is the second part of a two-part series with film historian Paul M. Sammon to discuss his life and his history with Blade Runner. Along the way, Dan and Jaime continue the discussion of the newly released edition of his legendary book: Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.
On this episode of Shoulder of Orion, Jaime and Dan sit down with film historian Paul M. Sammon to discuss his life and his storied history with Blade Runner. Along the way, they also discuss the newly released edition of his legendary book: Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.
It's no accident that it has taken the Blade Runner podcast nearly a year to release a Deckard episode: he's one of the most complex, nuanced characters in a saga full of complexity and nuance, and he's surprisingly hard to talk about. In this deeply personal episode, JM, Dan, and Patrick take the conversation far beyond the typical is-he-or-isn't-he-a-replicant argument and discuss the full arc of this complicated character, from his roots in Philip K. Dick's novel to the sublime moment in 2049 when he meets his child for the first time.
We also look to our social media group (Fields of Calantha) for inspiration, sharing some personal reflections on Deckard from listeners.
It might've taken us a year to get to this moment, but we feel like the resultant conversation was worth it. We brought our all to this one.
We hope you enjoy it.
We recently delved into the history and design of the iconic Spinner on our first-ever Tech Spotlight (see episode 26); now, with this exclusive interview, we're taking things even deeper. JM recently had the opportunity to chat with Peter Tindall—one of the artists responsible for bringing the Spinners of 2049 to life.
Few cinematic objects are as iconic—and as frequently copied—as the legendary spinner. In this episode (our first Tech Spotlight!), Dan and Patrick go in-depth on the beloved vehicle, delving into its astonishingly believable appearance in Blade Runner, its evolved design(s) in Blade Runner 2049, and beyond. And using Dan's background in air traffic control, they pick apart the actual flight sequence in Blade Runner in a level of detail you need to hear to believe.
In this nearly two hour episode, Dan, Patrick, and JM are joined by Micah Greene, our regular contributor, and special guests Evie and Clara. The topic at hand in this discussion is the love scene between Rachael and Deckard in 2019. This scene has proven to be highly controversial among our listeners and hosts. Please join us for this riveting conversation. Please remember to send us your feedback either via email, a voicemail, or a recorded memo. We would love to hear from you.
Dan, Patrick, and Jaime convene for an impromptu minisode to discuss the 90th Oscar nominations—and the five categories that Denis Villeneuve's masterpiece, Blade Runner 2049, is nominated for.
In this episode, JM sits down to interview Richard Clegg, Visual Effects Supervisor for The Moving Picture Company—and recent Academy Award nominee for visual effects for Blade Runner 2049. Before that interview, JM, Patrick, and our new cohost, Dan, discuss the character of Rachael from 2019, and what it was like to see her again in 2049.
A couple of weeks ago, a new listener named Evie wrote in and opened up to us about how she experiences the world of Blade Runner. All of the staff at Shoulder of Orion were collectively heartened and blown away by the contents of her letter—so much so that we invited her as a guest on the podcast. At that point, Evie hadn't seen 2049.
Please join us as we discuss the importance of stories featured in both Blade Runner films, what it means to fit in, to be validated as a human, and live our collective agencies. Joining us in this episode are hosts JM Prater, Patrick Greene, his partner, Micah Greene, and our newly recurring host, Daniele Ferlito.
It's been a few weeks since Blade Runner 2049 had its wide theatrical release, and the reverberations of this amazing film have been felt in all corners of Blade Runner fandom. JM, Ryan, and Patrick decided it was time to gather together for another freewheeling roundtable discussion episode to unpack what's on our minds.
What are the images, ideas, sound cues, etc. we can't stop thinking about? What are fans delving into on social media? How has our relationship with this film and its characters changed as we've seen it again and again over the past month?
And as you're listening, think about what you'd like to contribute to our show! We want to get your thoughts. Your reviews. Your ideas. Your arguments. We want to feature your voice on Shoulder of Orion. So call our voice message number at (213) 787-7894 this week, and we'll feature your call on an upcoming episode!
In this episode, Patrick, Ryan, and Jaime each take a segment to discuss portions from behind the scenes of Blade Runner 2049 starting with a small breakdown of the music, as hosted by Patrick, followed by a behind the scenes interview of 2049 with director Denis Villeneuve as conducted by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, broken down by Ryan. In the last segment, Jaime interviewes Matt Hemenway about a special Q&A event held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, featuring Sean Young (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT). We hope you enjoy.
In this episode, Jaime and Patrick are joined by Peter Haight, an original co-founder of Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast. Peter is a huge fan of the Blade Runner universe and sits down to discuss specific details from the film. This was our first attempt to lightly unpack much of what we saw in 2049. If you're cool with spoilers, give this a listen. You won't be disappointed.
JM and Patrick sit down to discuss their spoiler-free reactions to Blade Runner 2049. This is a brief episode, offering a glimpse into how this new sequel is sitting with us. Enjoy.