FOR OVER SEVEN DECADES GENE WINFIELD has been one of the most-respected Rod & Custom builders in the Industry. But Gene's talents are truly multi-dimensional, and what many might not be aware of is the fact that through the year's Gene has also left his mark firmly imprinted in the TV & Movie Industry...as well as TV Commercials and many other important Projects that he's been associated with...ESPECIALLY, the Movie Project that Gene was involved in for the mind-blowing Sci-Fi Classic "BLADE RUNNER" from 1982, that many may not be aware of !
SO, EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING, July 27th, 2014, in Salina, Kansas, at the KKOA's 34th Annual Leadsled Spectacular, Gene & I had a light breakfast and then settled-down for a one-on-one Interview about a fantastic new book that he's published.
It's called "GENE WINFIELD'S TV & MOVIE CARS, COMMERCIALS, AND, SPECIAL PROJECTS", it's written in an excellent and easy-to-read manner by Nicholas K. Whitlow, and has a Foreword by Chip Foose...who Gene's known since he was a kid ! (Chip's Dad, Sam Foose, another legendary R&C Builder, worked for Gene on three separate occasions.) This book is a MUST for all Gene Winfield fans...and anyone who's ever met Gene in-person and knows what a Super-Pro he is !
Above: Hall of Famer Sam Foose, on the left (Chip's Dad), and myself, at Darryl Starbird's Hall Of Fame Celebration in 2003.
YOU CAN HEAR GENE'S PASSION for his craft, which is really an art-form of its own, as you listen to this Interview...especially when Gene talks about the "Blade Runner" Project, and Syd Mead, the "futurist" who designed those special "soaring-thru-space cars" and vehicles that define the"feel" of that fantastic film, and all of the months of hard work Gene had to go through to build 'em !
PLUS, Gene tells how he got his personal futuristic-designed super car, "The Reactor", into the TV Studios, and, how that fan-favorite Episode #93 of the "Bewitched" TV Series, "The Super Car", happened !
AND, as you'll find out as you listen, no matter how long I've known Gene, many things that are covered within the scope of this book, are things I'm finding out for the first time !! Like Gene says: "Everyday's a School Day!"
Gene & I have been friends for a long time, but his constant, dynamic work-ethic never ceases to amaze me. And, everytime I watch my copy of "Blade Runner", or, see "The Super Car" on "Bewitched", I'm so proud that I know the talented, hard-working, craftsman that built those cars: Long Live Gene Winfield !!!
"BLADE RUNNER: 1982-2007...THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY" !
IN 2007, FOR "BLADE RUNNER'S" 25th ANNIVERSARY, a Special 5-Disc Blu-ray Complete Collector's Edition, with the restored & remastered versions of the film in 1080p HD and remixed Dolby 5.1 Audio, was produced, with Director Ridley Scott finally having control over the film, and making The Final Cut...the version he'd personally always wanted to do.
ON THE SECOND DISC in this set is the Ultimate Documentary on the making of the film entitled: "DANGEROUS DAYS: MAKING BLADE RUNNER", produced & created by Charles de Lauzinka for The Final Cut version of the film. Charles had worked hard for many years to see that Scott's original vision of this masterpiece was completed...and it shows. There are over 80 Interviews from cast, crew, and family members contained in the Eight Chapters of "Dangerous Days". This is a fantastic three-and-a-half-hour documentary that is a "must see" for all who love the Original "Blade Runner", and for those who, before now, were not familiar with its historic legacy.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, in the Third Section (Chapter 3) of the "Dangerous Days" documentary entitled, "A GOOD START: DESIGNING THE FUTURE", you will see in-depth, on-camera Interviews with both SYD MEAD, and, GENE WINFIELD, explaining how they accomplished their parts in the project. There you'll view rare photos, see Scott's story board artwork for every shot & scene, view the rare design blue prints, see artist's model sketches Gene had to use, watch some never-before-seen filmed portions with Syd & Gene as they were on the Hollywood Set almost everyday during the shooting of "Blade Runner", and, in addition, their collaboration with Ridley Scott, and his Staff, is fully detailed for all to learn from & understand.
I HAVE HAD THIS Collector's Edition for a couple of year's (they can be very pricey...but you may find one on Amazon, or, EBAY), and the next Interview that Gene & I do will cover his involvement in this superb "Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner" documentary ! JK
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT makes this very special book of Gene's even more impressive, is the fact that Gene made sure that the book was printed & published right here in the U.S.A. !
"GENE WINFIELD'S TV & MOVIE CARS, COMMERCIALS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS", By Nicholas K. Whitlow, with a Foreword by Chip Foose, is available directly from Gene. For your personal copy, contact him at: Winfield Publishing Co., 8201 Sierra Hwy., Mojave, CA 93560. Phone: 661.824.4728. eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: The beautiful "Blade Runner" "Spinner Car" Model Kit from Fujimi of Japan.
Above: Gene's "Reactor" as The "Bewitched" "Super Car" ! You can also read my Review of "THE REACTOR", also written by Nicholas K. Whitlow, on the "Hot Off The Press" Page by Clicking-On-This-Link ! (Photo courtesy of harpiesbizzare.com)
NOTE: TO READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW: "GENE WINFIELD'S TV & MOVIE CARS, COMMERCIALS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS" ...SIMPLY CLICK-ON THIS LINK go to our "Hot Off The Press" Page, and you'll see Gene's book ! JK