Of course, the huge broken face on the ground references the iconic last shot of the original “Planet of the Apes.” (“Let’s have our ‘Planet of the Apes’ moment,” Villeneuve told Deakins and Gassner.) The director gave Deakins Antonioni’s “Red Desert” as reference, and was also inspired by seeing the Sydney Opera House enveloped by a red dust storm. As the filmmakers researched atmospheres and density, including one of the pollution fogs in Beijing, Scott called Villeneuve from Beijing and told him, “‘You should be here, it’s ‘Blade Runner’ right now.'” Said Villeneuve: “I knew we were on the right track.”
When I was born (in 1936) there was no Babynamewizard in Germany, and so the family had a difficult time settling on a name for me. The final choices were Alexander and Axel, my father wanting the first and my mother the second. So, a compromise was struck: my legal name was to be Alexander, but the family would call me Axel. As I lived mostly with my mother's family, I was known to everyone in the family as Axel, but in school and officially I was still Alexander. As members of the family died out, fewer and fewer people called me Axel. Today, I am simply Alex. I'm not sure whether I'm happy or sad about this, but it is simply a personal experience relating to the difficulty of naming babies without babynamewizard.