Flip Through Prod. Designer Syd Mead’s 'Blade Runner' Sketchbook
by Ethan Anderton
December 30, 2011
The final version of any futuristic sci-fi film is a wonder to behold when settings of entire cities are designed to look like they were crafted decades or even centuries in the future. However, those of us who like to look beyond the big screen usually find themselves fascinated with the production art that went into designing that world. In the case of Blade Runner, production designer Syd Mead and director Ridley Scott released a sketch book full of concept and production art from the film, but if you want the actual book it'll cost you a pretty penny somewhere online. But now the images have been posted online for your enjoyment.
And here's the flipbook for you to see all the images (click to fill your screen):
Originally published in 1982, the book features sketches and conceptual designs by Syd Mead, Mentor Huebner, Charles Knode, Michael Kaplan and of course Ridley Scott. You'll also notice there's some artwork in there for sequences and devices that never even went in front of the camera. This is truly a treasure for Blade Runner and sci-fi fans alike, especially thinking about whether or not Los Angeles will actually feature any of these aesthetics in just seven short years since 2019 was the futuristic setting for Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. I'm really glad a gem like this doesn't stay hidden from fans without some extra cash. Cool?