Thursday, May 15, 2008

Syd Mead Visual Futurist at Granville 7 Empire Theater, Vancouver Siggraph

The Future as foretold through the eyes of artist, Syd Mead.

If you haven't heard of Syd Mead, you must not be a fan of science fiction. In fact, you must not be an artist in the filmmaking, animation, or visual effects field. You're probably not even a fan of the movie Blade Runner. And if you are, and you don't know who Syd Mead is, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Last night Syd Mead -- world renowned artist, conceptual designer, and 'visual futurist', whose credits include a long list of futuristic fantasy concept art for film, animation, toys, advertisements, automobiles, restaurants, and bars, came to Vancouver to give a lecture on his career followed by a Q&A and special free screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut. The event was hosted by Siggraph Vancouver Chapter.

This was definitely a once in a life time opportunity, because it isn't often that Mead visits Vancouver. I believe the last time he was here, was in the 80's. The theater was packed with students, and professionals working in the movie and video game industry. Mead kept his lecture full of energy with witty commentary about his art, dealing with clients, and the stories he creates in each piece. From the vehicles, to the people populating the scenes. He also discussed his process, (before the time of photoshop layers, and compositing images). There was one particular image about Time-Travel capsules, that he used ink on board and by tilting the board in different directions he was able to get a very organic feel. It was a very informative, and inspiring lecture.

Lots of surprises were in store for the audience, including Full Licenses of Softimage XSI Educational edition to all students in attendance.

Thank you Siggraph Vancouver Chapter, Softimage XSI, and the other sponsors, for organizing such a fantastic and inspiring event.

Be sure to sign up for your Siggraph Membership, for discounts to all their events.

1 comment:

JShaw said...

Hi there my name is Jared Shaw and I am part of the board for Siggraph Vancouver. I wanted to talk with you about how your blog might be able to help us with future events. Can you email me at jared (at) so we can talk.