Syd Mead in Conversation with Craig Hodgetts // Aliens Screening

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Lectures Los Angeles, CA, USA December 5, 2017

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Join us for a special conversation with renown SCI-Fi Designer Syd Mead in conversation with architect Craig Hodgetts, followed by a screening ofAliens (James Cameron, 1986). 

Renown science-fiction designer Syd Mead, whose designs for the film Bladerunner created an instantaneous movie genre, will celebrate the publication of his book The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist in a conversation with architect Craig Hodgetts. Discussing their year long collaboration on the book, which chronicles Mead’s drawings for such films as Aliens and Star Trek, Hodgetts and Mead will delve into the origins of the imagery, the technology and the often revealing relationships between Mead and the directors and writers he has worked with during his fifty year career.

Hodgetts, an architect best known for the design of the new Hollywood Bowl, and his research into developing technologies such as the Hyperloop, plans to probe the sources, processes and pre-occupations that have resulted in Mead’s hand-drawn renderings, which, in this day of digital imagery, astonish with their masterful handling of light, form and atmosphere.

The book, lavishly illustrated with more than 300 sketches and renderings, accompanied by a descriptive text, captures the insights about Mead’s working methods, his inspirations and frustrations, as well as personal anecdotes about life as a visual futurist.

This will be a rare, once in a generation opportunity to hear and see Syd in one of his few public appearances. A perennial star at Comic-Con and awards shows, his appearance at SCI-Arc will be accompanied by a screening of Aliens, a film he designed in 1986 for director James Cameron, and to acquire an autographed copy of the book from the authors themselves.

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