Paul M. Sammon's distinctive career can best be described by the film industry expression "hyphenate."
As a writer, Sammon has published numerous articles, short stories and books. His many film journalism pieces have seen print in The American Cinematographer, Cahiers du Cinema, The Los Angeles Times, Omni, Cinefex, and Cinefantastique. Sammon's fiction has appeared in Peter Straub's Ghosts (1995), and he recently edited both the 1994 "dead Elvis" anthology The King Is Dead plus the "no limits" anthologies Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror and Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (1995).
But Paul M. Sammon does not only write about movies--he works in them as well. He first entered the industry as a publicist in the late 1970s, before moving on as a second-unit director, special effects coordinator, still photographer, electronic press kit producer, and Vice President of Special Promotions. Some of the scores of motion pictures on which Sammon has labored include RoboCop, Platoon, Blue Velvet, Conan the Barbarian, and The Silence of the Lambs.
By the late 1980s, Sammon was working in Japanese television, where he coproduced popular entertainment programs like Hello! Movies for the TV Asahi network. By the 1990s, Sammon had served as Computer Graphics Supervisor for RoboCop 2; he recently was Digital and Optical Effects Supervisor for 1995's XTRO: Watch the Skies.
Despite this background, however, Sammon still likes nothing better than sitting down with a good movie. And Blade Runner remains one of his favorite films.
This book is the best of its genre. A milestone of film study and film history. A must-have to any fan.Published 10 months ago by gilles
There can be no better introduction to Blade Runner.
There is a wealth of material here available nowhere else - from interviews with Philip K Dick to anecdotes about the... Read more
A must have for Blade Runner's fans. Easy to read and enjoy.Published on April 2 2002 by Alexandre Souza
"Future Noir" is a delightful read for a fan of the film it studies. Unfortunately, as the book often acknowledges, fans of "Blade Runner" tend to be highly... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Jhon
If you love the movie Blade Runner you should be reading this book. It is indispensable. The author shares many insights and personnal experiences on the set of the film as well as... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by Andy Williamson
I fell in love with the film some years back, and with every fresh viewing find it ever more intriguing. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002 by ED Detetcheverrie
I approached this book as someone who has always loved watching the hypnotic, gorgeous "Blade Runner," but who has never considered it a particularly good movie, and who... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2001 by V. Simmons
Any fan of the movie would find this detailed study fascinating. At times the detail seems to be more than you need; but in the end, this book will serve as an excellent chronicle... Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by The Sleak Strider
Paul M. Sammon reveals an enormous amount of information in this book. Mr. Sammon was able to gain access to all ongoings on the set for a reason; he too had a vision as Ridley... Read morePublished on March 6 2001 by "grimores"