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Entertainment Syd Mead, Visionary Conceptual Artist Behind 'Blade Runner' and 'Tron', Dies at 86

02:30  31 december  2019
02:30  31 december  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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A Syd Mead design from the 1982 movie “ Tron .” His credit for that movie was “ conceptual artist .”Credit Syd Mead . Mr. Servick, though, said that was an interpretation of someone else’s vision , not Mr. Mead ’s own. “He always tried to make sure that people knew that was not his idea of

Futurist and artist Syd Mead has passed away at 86 due to complications from lymphoma. Even if you don't know his name, you've probably felt his impact on Hollywood, especially on the science fiction genre. Mead designed Blade Runner 's world and technologies by serving as Ridley Scott's concept

Syd Mead, the self-proclaimed "visual futurist" and conceptual artist who shaped the look of Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron, among other projects, has died. He was 86.

Syd Mead wearing a suit and tie © Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Mead died Monday morning at his home in Pasadena after a three-year battle with lymphoma, his spouse, Roger Servick, told The Hollywood Reporter. Survivors also include a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Born in 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mead grew up in multiple locations in the American West before graduating from high school in 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following a three-year period of service in the U.S. Army, Mead attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, now the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating in 1959.

Syd Mead, concept artist behind 'Blade Runner' and 'Tron,' dies at 86

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Syd Mead , the visionary futurist who worked on such classic fantasy/sci-fi films as Tron , Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died today in Pasadena. Last month he was named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild, for his innovative neo-futuristic

Visual artist Syd Mead , best known for his contributions to " Blade Runner ," " Tron " and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," has died . Syd Mead , Visionary ‘ Blade Runner ’ Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86 . Mead was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the

Mead went on to design cars at the Ford Motor Co.’s "Advanced Styling Studio" for two years before he struck out on his own as a freelance illustrator for companies including Atlas Cement, U.S. Steel and Allis Chalmers. Given the success of his venture, he formed Syd Mead Inc. and from the 1970s through the 1980s worked for Philips Electronics and created architectural renderings for companies including Intercontinental Hotels and Don Ghia.

After his work caught the eye of Hollywood studios, Mead went to produce conceptual artwork and other products on films including 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1982's Blade Runner, where he first gained the credit "visual futurist" (a name he coined to describe his position), 1982's Tron, 1986's Aliens, 1984's Timecop, 2000's Mission to Mars, 2006's Mission: Impossible III, 2013's Elysium, 2015's Tomorrowland and 2017's Blade Runner 2049.

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Syd Mead , the visual artist behind " Blade Runner " credited with shaping the sci-fi landscape with his futuristic movie designs, has died in California aged 86 . Mead , who worked on films including "Aliens", " Tron " and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", died Monday following a battle with lymphoma cancer, his

American artist Syd Mead , who is best known for his visual concept designs for sci-fi film Blade Runner , has died at the age of 86 . The renowned industrial designer, concept artist and futurist helped shape the look of numerous sci-fi films including Blade Runner , Tron , Aliens and Star Trek.

In the 1980s, Mead worked for Japanese companies including Sony and Honda and designed for two Japanese films, The New Yamato and Crises 2050.

During a 2011 interview with NPR, Mead said that after he read a script for a futuristic movie he was set to work on, he turned to Google to do his flesh out his ideas. "You download different research tracts on that specific subject and find out that we're implanting cameras in people's eyes now," he said. "They're working on artificial nanoscale retinas. And so you start with that technology leap, or possibility, and then you design around that. To me, science fiction is reality ahead of schedule."

By 1998, Mead had relocated his studio from Detroit to Pasadena. In recent years, he was honored with the Visual Effects Society Award (2015) and the Art Directors Guild's William Cameron Menzies Award. The latter was set to be given to him during a Feb. 1 ceremony.

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Syd Mead , the visionary futurist who worked on such classic fantasy/sci-fi films as Tron , Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died today But he is most famous for his work as a concept artist on some of history’s most visually impressive films. After working with Robert Wise as a production

Syd Mead , a visual effects artist and American industrial designer who helped imagine the futuristic look of science fiction classics like “ Blade Runner ” and A representative with the Art Directors Guild, which was meant to honor Mead in February with the William Cameron Menzies Award, told TheWrap

Carolyn Giardina and Mike Barnes contributed to this report.

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