The short film “2019, A Future Imagined” shows Syd Mead reflecting upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Syd Mead is famous for his conceptual design work in feature films like Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron, Star Trek I, 2010, Mission to Mars, and many more. He is without doubt one of the most influential industrial artists of modern cinema history.
While this short film is but a drop in the ocean compared to the “VISUAL FUTURIST” documentary, it really captures the very essence of the creative state of mind that is Syd Mead.
Blade Runner has played an important role in the 20th century, representing the pinnacle of science fiction cinema. And as Syd states, it will be of equal value in the 21th century, as the movie touches on important human values and core feelings about what constitutes humanity.
I like Syd’s general optimism for the future. He has confidence in mankind’s ability to properly process knowledge and apply new technologies. To quote Syd; “I’m optimistic about the future, because we have more people working with problems today than ever before.“. His optimism is in strong contrast to Blade Runner’s general vision of the future, but I think that further strengthens his conceptual designs to become more apt to non-technological challenges.
This short film was directed by Joaquin Montalvan and was shot in 1080p (Full HD) by producer and photographer Jim Hunter.
It’s available on DVD through the Tribeca Film Institute’s ReFrame Collection.
The trailer has also been put on YouTube: