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This mad genius is recreating ‘Blade Runner’ shot for shot in MS Paint

Quite an experience living in MS Paint, isn't it?


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 19, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 6:37 pm CDT

What drives a man to recreate the classic sci-fi noir film Blade Runner scene by scene in MS Paint? Some would say madness. But for David MacGowan, the man behind the mind-blowing Tumblr project, it comes down to his love for the film and creative drive. 

“I finally saw it on the big screen as an adult when the final cut came out theatrically and I was just amazed. Just completely stunned,” MacGown told Motherboard. “Blade Runner is a mix of the old and the new in so many ways.”

It’s a pretty impressive body of work, creating a kind of rudimentary comic book that poignantly captures the film’s story. 

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We never would have guessed that MS Paint would be such a prefect medium to revisit Blade Runner, but it works. 

You can check out the rest of MacGowan’s illustrations on his Tumblr page, and read his interview with Motherboard here.

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*First Published: Oct 19, 2016, 3:17 pm CDT