- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (September 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785651188
- ISBN-13: 978-1785651182
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.5 inches
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- Customer Reviews: 60 customer reviews
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The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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“With such a plethora of images from the many genre-defining films Mead has worked on, this is essential reading for film fans, artists and futurologists alike.” ComingSoon.net
“a handsome (and heavy!) coffee table edition” Birth Movies Death gallery
“Excellent art book worthy of any 'Blade Runner' and for that matter science fiction fan’s library” - Adventures in Poor Taste
“the perfect way to delve further into Mead’s particular brand of science fiction” - The Verge
“If you love science fiction films and appreciate the concept art that brought them to life, you will more than likely find great joy and nostalgia” - Entertainment Buddha
“a great overview” borg.com
“256 pages of futuristic design that will knock your socks off” Kirkus Reviews
“stunning, otherworldly designs” - The Film Stage
About the Author
Syd Mead is a prolific and influential "visual futurist", industrial designer and a neofuturistic concept artist. For more than forty years, Mead’s iconic designs have appeared in movies including Star Trek - The Motion Picture, ALIENS, Short Circuit, Blade Runner, Elysium, TRON and many more.
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His work on the original “Blade Runner” has been well published and documented over the years, yet a big hunk of this book is still dedicated to “Blade Runner”! Why?
I was really hoping to see more from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, “TRON” and “2010: The Year We Make Contact”. Syd Mead is also, responsible for the look of 2010 and the exterior AND interiors of the Leonov.
Yet, only a paltry six pages dedicated to 2010. Why?
Same for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.
He must have scads of conceptual sketches and paintings for these two movies!
Especially for 2010.
I have what amounts to a small handbook size book on “The Art of 2010:The Year We Make Contact”.
The book is small and Syd Mead's conceptual sketches are very small in the small book
It would have been nice to see all of these “2010” concept sketches and art presented in this new book in this larger book format and to see a lot more from that movie.
“2010:The Year We Make Contact” is an often neglected movie that STILL is deserving of attention!
I know at one point TRON was well documented in an art book, but not much has been done with the original TRON movie over the years, so it would have been nice to include more of Syd Mead's art for TRON, too!
I really would have liked to have seen less pages dedicated to Blade Runner and more pages dedicated to these three movies.
So, there was some disappointment in this book for me.
Solid and quality Syd Mead book, regardless.
Any fan of Syd's will not be disappointed with this book - and the price is extremely reasonable, compared to what has been paid for other collections of his work!
The writing is window dressing. It provides some very basic info, but it isn't insightful. It uses a lot of flowery words that don't really say anything, as if the author was given a word count and had to figure out how to reach it. Additionally, the captions are written in an architectural/blueprint font style that is small and difficult to read.
Regardless, if you're a Syd Mead fan, you'll find something to like in this book.
I especially enjoy the inclusion of illustrations that show the development of concepts.
This book is well made. The paper is thick. Color is liberally used. It has great "coffee table" potential that can open new topics when current conversation lags.
Some books are to read once and then pass to others. This books is to keep and to return to.
And for that it's a good publication, and I'm glad I have it in my library. I love good experimental architecture, high tech, conceptual devices ad art. But this is work that I've seen already, and more or less seen it on the big screen when I went and saw those afore mentioned movies and other titles with mister Mead's work.
Still, it's a good publication. Check it out if you're into conceptual art.