Interview with Syd Mead, famed futurist artist who designed the world of Blade Runner by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | 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 film’s dystopian look and feel. We learn about the 4 alternate opening scenes designed by Syd (one of them, which involved shoveling dead bodies, was deemed “too Holocaust”), what really lights up those building facades, and many more secrets.

Syd explains he envisioned the world of Blade Runner as a place “you wouldn’t want to be for too long,” and describes the challenges of designing for “a love story with moralistic underpinnings… if we could actually make people, would we treat them like dishwashers? Just use them up and throw them away?”

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Syd Mead documentary film