Syd Mead, the visionary futurist who labored on such basic fantasy/sci-fi movies as Tron, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died immediately in Pasadena. He was 86.
His supervisor Roger Servick instructed Deadline that Mead had been in failing well being as a result of lymphoma most cancers and he was present process remedy at Metropolis of Hope in Duarte, CA.
Mead’s artwork division credit embrace Star Trek: The Movement Image, Aliens, Timecop, Mission: Unimaginable III, Elysium and Tomorrowland. He additionally appeared in quite a few documentaries over time.
Final month he was named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Artwork Administrators Guild (ADG, IATSE Native 800), for his modern neo-futuristic idea art work on quite a few legendary films. The ADG had deliberate to offer him the award in February at a gala in Los Angeles.
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Born on July 18, 1933, in Minneapolis, Mead did a stint within the Military former touchdown work as a designer for the likes of Ford Motor Co and Philips Electronics and later as a “futurist” for corporations together with Chrysler and Sony.
However he’s most well-known for his work as an idea artist on a few of historical past’s most visually spectacular movies.
After working with Robert Sensible as a manufacturing illustrator on Star Trek: The Movement Image in 1978, Mead teamed up with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, with Steven Lisberger on his designs for the sunshine cycles in Tron, and with James Cameron on his artistic ideas for the united statesS. Sulaco in Aliens. His work was featured in such movies as 2010: The 12 months We Make Contact, Brief Circuit and Mission to Mars. He additionally provided designs for the Japanese anime movies Yamato 2520 and Flip A.
He received the 2016 Visionary Award from the Visible Results Society and the 2018 Artwork Administrators Guild Award for fantasy movie for Blade Runner 2049. He additionally was nominated in that ADG Awards class for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium in 2013.
In 2018, Mead revealed his autobiography, A Future Remembered.
Mead is survived by a sister and a number of other nieces and nephews. Preparations are pending for a personal “Celebration of Life” service at Forest Garden in Glendale.