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Entertainment Syd Mead, 'Blade Runner' and 'Aliens' Concept Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86

04:40  31 december  2019
04:40  31 december  2019 Source:   thewrap.com

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Blade Runner artist and futurist designer Syd Mead dies at 86 . Mead was widely regarded for his visionary art and design. Mead is best known as a concept artist on science fiction films like Blade Runner . After working in the motor vehicle industry for some time, Mead worked as a production

Syd Mead , the “visual futurist ” and concept artist known for his design contributions to sci-fi films such as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens and Blade Runner , passed away on December 30, as announced by Autoline’s John McElroy on Facebook. He was 86 .

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Syd Mead, a visual effects artist and American industrial designer who helped imagine the futuristic look of science fiction classics like "Blade Runner" and "Aliens," has died. He was 86.

A representative with the Art Directors Guild, which was meant to honor Mead in February with the William Cameron Menzies Award, told TheWrap that Mead died on Monday in Pasadena, California due to complications from lymphoma cancer, for which he had been undergoing treatment for the past year.

Mead was known as a "visual futurist" whose concept art and architectural background served as the basis for Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi, as well as other films such as "2010," "TRON" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." More recently, Mead served as a consultant on the films "Tomorrowland," "Elysium" and "Blade Runner 2049."

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Syd Mead , the visual futurist and conceptual artist who shaped the look of ' Blade Runner ,' ' Aliens ' and 'Tron,' among other projects, has died . Syd Mead , Visionary Conceptual Artist Behind ' Blade Runner ' and 'Tron', Dies at 86 . 3:14 PM PST 12/30/2019 by Katie Kilkenny.

The 1982 cyberpunk cinema classic Blade Runner remains one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time, and tops many a nerd's favorite films list. Today on Boing Boing tv, Boing Boing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson visits the studio of artist and futurist Syd Mead , who designed the

He specifically worked with Scott on the building design for "Blade Runner," with Steven Lisberger on the light cycles in "TRON" and with James Cameron on the look of the U.S.S. Sulaco in "Aliens."

Prior to working in both film and video games, Mead worked with tech and automotive companies in helping to visualize products for Ford, Sony, U.S. Steel, Philips Electronics, Minolta, Dentsu, Honda, Chrysler and even Playboy.

In 2018, the Art Directors Guild awarded him with an Excellence in Production Design prize for his work on "Blade Runner 2049," and in 2016, the Visual Effects Society gave him its Visionary Award. And in 2018, Mead published his autobiography "A Future Remembered."

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Syd Mead is the first Visual Futurist in film history. He has contributed designs to Star Trek the Movie, Blade Runner , Tron, Aliens , and 2010 a Space Odyssey. The Movie Art of SYD MEAD Visual Futurist . Illustrator and concept artist , Syd Mead , is regarded as one of the most accomplished

Visual Futurist Syd Mead (" Blade Runner ," " Aliens ," "Tron") reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Photographed in P2 High Definition, this featurette provides insight into the fascinating mind of one of the most influential artists of modern cinema and automotive design.

In a 2008 piece about Los Angeles architecture in the New York Times, Mead was quoted as saying that science fiction is "reality ahead of schedule." More recently, Mead spoke with Curbed about additional work developing concept art for theme parks, revealing that he even worked on what would've been a possible theme park inspired by Michael Jackson.

Some of Mead's other credits include "Short Circuit," "Timecop," "Mission to Mars" and "Mission: Impossible III."

Arrangements for a private "Celebration of Life" service are pending at Forest Lawn, Glendale.

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