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  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    A little history now my brother has always been the creative one and while at college he was introduced to the works of Syd Mead Now a lot of these books he borrowed are now fantastically expensive collectors items oh don t I know as I have spent years tracking them down for him but that is another story but Syd Mead is a legend in some circles not an artist of science fiction is a futurist much of his work was done behind closed doors as he did a lot of commissioned work for various A little history now my brother has always been the creative one and while at college he was introduced to the works of Syd Mead Now a lot of these books he borrowed are now fantastically expensive collectors items oh don t I know as I have spent years tracking them down for him but that is another story but Syd Mead is a legend in some circles not an artist of science fiction is a futurist much of his work was done behind closed doors as he did a lot of commissioned work for various people from designers to car manufacturers his work has subtly shaped and guided our view of modern technology and design in a myriad of ways So when I found out that a book was coming out that celebrates his work in the movies from the famous I know his work on the flying car in Blade Runner the spinner and the creation of the Sulaco in Aliens to the never been seen before I just had to have a copy of it.Now the style of Syd Mead is incredibly distinctive and yet when you look through the book you realise how many of his designs shaped the feel of the film and to be honest I am not sure how many of them really did credit him for that After all you can see the character of Johny 5 in Short Circuit really coming out in his work.This book is an amazing catalogue of work that Syd Mead has done I just wish it went in todepth but then again is that not the sign of a great book that what ever they give you are left wantingThe real question is how long is it before my brother tries to steal the book


  2. Trike Trike says:

    Despite the cool artwork and amazing designs that are jam packed with detail and innovation that set the standard for everyone else, this is a disappointing book.Most of the film and TV show and one amusement park designs are given short shrift, many of them only a single page The one truly deep dive, from Blade Runner, is stuff that s been showcased before The new things are too brief to get a handle on, with the possible exception of never filmed live action The Jetsons TV series.Another i Despite the cool artwork and amazing designs that are jam packed with detail and innovation that set the standard for everyone else, this is a disappointing book.Most of the film and TV show and one amusement park designs are given short shrift, many of them only a single page The one truly deep dive, from Blade Runner, is stuff that s been showcased before The new things are too brief to get a handle on, with the possible exception of never filmed live action The Jetsons TV series.Another issue this book has is need of a fact checker and a proofreader A few examples Star Trek The Motion Picture is dated as 1999 when it was 1979 Ridley Scott is identified as the director of Aliens, which was James Cameron Scott directed Alien Douglas Trumbull s last name is spelled Trumbell And so on If you re not concerned with accuracy or completeness, the book is a large coffee table tome with full pictures of Mead s lovely pictures As a 40 year fan of his work, though, I was disappointed


  3. Tim Lapetino Tim Lapetino says:

    This book is both a triumph and disappointment.I absolutely love Syd Mead s work and was excited when this book was announced, as I was thrilled to get what I hoped would be a very complete record of his futurist styled movie design and concept work Other previous volumes are expensive and out of print, so I pre ordered this sight unseen, expecting that it would be the definitive monograph of the artist.Sadly, that s not so It was a great collection of many films both released and cancelled This book is both a triumph and disappointment.I absolutely love Syd Mead s work and was excited when this book was announced, as I was thrilled to get what I hoped would be a very complete record of his futurist styled movie design and concept work Other previous volumes are expensive and out of print, so I pre ordered this sight unseen, expecting that it would be the definitive monograph of the artist.Sadly, that s not so It was a great collection of many films both released and cancelled but there were plenty of holes This book does no justice to the comprehensive work he did on TRON and on Blade Runner 2049 I d assume these were just barely covered because of competing volumes and licensing issues, but the omissions were glaring.Also, I don t know much about author Hodgetts background, but his text is so incredibly glowing of Mead as too border on the ridiculous At one point he writes that Mead has a career unparalleled by any living artist I adore Syd s work, but that s just preposterous Also, Hodgetts seems to be talking out of his depth in some areas of art history where he mentions that the airbrush was new technology in 1965 its origin isthan 50 years earlier and he suggests that anthropomorphic depictions of robot visages have never been done well, when WALL E is still fresh in our collective pop culture consciousness Those are just a couple of the bits that ground down his credibility, and I would have preferred much less of the author s hyperbole anddirect insights and quotes from Syd Mead himself Maybe that wasn t possible, but I would have liked to see it.This will remain on my bookshelf on the strength of Syd s art, but I will have to seek out additional books to complete my look at his amazing work indetail


  4. C.J. Bunce C.J. Bunce says:

    Originally published online at BORG.com.Syd Mead, the famed artist who illustrates the future, is an icon of visionary design and illustration No other creator has shown the world a utopian vision of a possible future in so many ways At the same time he has created a world we want to see develop that lies ahead, we have seen his future begin to be realized His aerodynamic designs have influenced auto design in recent decades from car makers including Chrysler, Ford, and GM He has created t Originally published online at BORG.com.Syd Mead, the famed artist who illustrates the future, is an icon of visionary design and illustration No other creator has shown the world a utopian vision of a possible future in so many ways At the same time he has created a world we want to see develop that lies ahead, we have seen his future begin to be realized His aerodynamic designs have influenced auto design in recent decades from car makers including Chrysler, Ford, and GM He has created the look of space technology that we all accept as believable thanks to his concept art art that has influenced the art direction of films for four decades A new book published this month provides an in depth intellectual review of Mead s style, influences, and impact on the history of design The Movie Art of Syd Mead Visual Futurist is a college level, art design course book of sorts that takes movie concept art to an entirely new level, a serious look at his style that will appeal to serious artists in any field, and a popular work for fans of the films he has inspired What makes Syd s vision so compelling, says the book s author, architect designer and professor Craig Hodgetts, is not only the means he employs to convey it, but the acute physical and environmental awareness the endless curiosity about how the world works the precise level of detail and the practical engineering knowledge that he brings to even the most fantastic devices Beginning with the look of the both geometric and organic mechanical villain V ger from the year 2273 in 1979 s Star Trek The Motion Picture to a mid 21st century casino and hotel in this year s Blade Runner 2049, Mead s sketches, drawings, illustrations, and paintings have inspired and influenced the art design of dozens of movie productions.Mead s most groundbreaking and memorable cinematic visionary creations came in the 1980s with four films Returning to our theme of celebrating 1982 films, for Ridley Scott s Blade Runner Mead was influenced by Edward Hopper s desolate cityscapes To translate author Phillip K Dick s writings into visual form, Mead and Scott took an idea of sculpture artists Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Stankewicz and author William Gibson The filmmakers lay claim to be the first to use their ideas of retro fitting on film the process of creating a unique object by means of a strategic assemblage of allied components by harvesting parts from abandoned or obsolescent donors and re assembling them, a new entity is created In the same year as Blade Runner, Mead saw his designs realized in the very different world of Tron, modelling a convincing digital world by extrapolating from the patterns of computer motherboards and other now obsolete technology of the era The giant screen filling image of Master Control, the labyrinthine pathways for the lightcycles, and Sark s hefty transport vessel all hailed from the mind and pen of Mead Taking the look of James Cameron s original Alien film and modifying it significantly, Mead skipped the slick shapes of Star Trek and the greeblies of Star Wars to create what he envisioned as a highly engineered, purposeful vessel where each feature could have a function, in the 1986 sequel Aliens In the same year, Mead created what would become an iconic image of the 1980s, Number Five the robot, the friendly star of the film Short Circuit.Most recently audiences saw Mead s designs realized on the big screen throughout 2013 s dystopian sci fi tale Elysium, as Mead created the interiors and exteriors of the film s orbiting paradise He also designed the prosthetic replica head carrying case in 2006 s Mission Impossible III.Like many creators, much of his original work never made it into final form and onto the big screen Some of his most amazing pieces in The Movie Art of Syd Mead Visual Futurist were created for a cancelled reboot of the classic animated series The Jetsons In only the past five years Mead designed a fully fleshed out future world for a film called Topeka, which never was green lighted after the development work was completed, but would have delivered a unique hodgepodge of hot rod steampunk junkyard motorcycles and classic cars in a city the evokes a mix of post modern Asian metropolis and Logan s Run.At 256 pages, cannot include all of his imagery, but it also is not complete in scope movies Mead designed the large time machine and weaponry for 1994 s Timecop and concept art for 2015 s Tomorrowland, which are not mentioned My biggest quirk with The Movie Art of Syd Mead Visual Futurist is the somewhat artistic arrangement of films explored They are not presented in chronological order and some provide neither the dates that Mead designed the images nor the dates of the film release, so it takes some work on the part of the reader to piece together this information and attempt to identify any differences or changes in style in Mead s work over time or from project to project Still the book is a great overview of original concept art presented for its own sake and without the need to reference any finally realized images or screen stills.Artists, art historians, designers, and architects and film fans will all appreciate Mead s style and influence in The Movie Art of Syd Mead Visual Futurist


  5. Steve Rainwater Steve Rainwater says:

    A nice collection of Syd Mead s later work done for motion pictures.While I m a big fan of Syd Mead s early work, it s often hard to obtain books of those periods This book had the advantage of still being in print and thus inexpensive It contains samples of Mead s work for movies including Star Trek The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, 2010, Tron, Short Circuit, Elysium, and Johnny Mnemonic There s also art from lesser known movies and movies that never made it past the proposal stage A nice collection of Syd Mead s later work done for motion pictures.While I m a big fan of Syd Mead s early work, it s often hard to obtain books of those periods This book had the advantage of still being in print and thus inexpensive It contains samples of Mead s work for movies including Star Trek The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, 2010, Tron, Short Circuit, Elysium, and Johnny Mnemonic There s also art from lesser known movies and movies that never made it past the proposal stage including a Jetsons reboot, a Forbidden Planet remake, and others.It s all beautiful, fascinating art printed in large format on high quality paper Recommended for all Syd Mead fans and lovers of science fiction artwork in general


  6. Rob Summers Rob Summers says:

    Amazing coffee table book of futurist Syd mead s design work for Blade Runner, Star Trek and countless others He designs vehicles, buildings, logos, clothing and imaginary tech like fake face mask machines for Mission Impossible 3 he s a stunning artist but also a thoughtful, analytical engineer with background in real design His complex output is mind bogglingly prolific Fun if you re a design nerd and filmmaker Only caveat some of the print is kinda small I really dug the smart explanati Amazing coffee table book of futurist Syd mead s design work for Blade Runner, Star Trek and countless others He designs vehicles, buildings, logos, clothing and imaginary tech like fake face mask machines for Mission Impossible 3 he s a stunning artist but also a thoughtful, analytical engineer with background in real design His complex output is mind bogglingly prolific Fun if you re a design nerd and filmmaker Only caveat some of the print is kinda small I really dug the smart explanations as well as the visuals Very inspiring for future projects


  7. Gabriele Cuscino Gabriele Cuscino says:

    Not a complete work nor a great mix of Mead s amazing and groundbreaking concept art pieces, but this is the most affordable and easy to find book, comprehensive of the most important movies Star Trek The Motion Picture, Aliens, Blade Runner, Tron, etc If you don t have anything else of Syd Mead for the above mentioned reasons, consider this a must buy.


  8. Wesly Wesly says:

    Remarkable visual overview of cinema icon Syd Mead s design work for decades of film, with complementary text Beautifully designed, with thorough coverage of his well known, important projects alongside brief but enlightening sections on lesser known and cancelled or never produced films Essential for followers and lovers of genre film design.


  9. M.i. M.i. says:

    The only other person I have seen use shapes and space the way Syd Mead does in the fiction medium is Nihei tsutomi The precision in Mead s work is mind blowing The man is a true genius and the world has lost a one of a kind type talent.


  10. Alexander Pyles Alexander Pyles says:

    A great testament to Mead, but also not complete by any means and is in dire need of an expanded edition Also, I didn t realize that Mead was at heart an industrial artist, so his robust scenes make absolute sense Really loved this, even if we didn t get as big of an explanation.


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