Re: Syd Mead and "The Phantom Menace"

Alfred Urrutia (
Mon, 25 Jan 1999 12:10:03 -0800 (PST)

On Jan 25, 10:42am, Prabal Nandy wasted bandwidth discussing:
> Subject: Re: Syd Mead and "The Phantom Menace"

> You'd never know it by looking at the crappy "70's car with loads of
> junk and pipes on the roof" designs he had for BR, along with the
> "Quartz-lamp lit flying objects" that would scoot by at 100Mph before you
> could get a glimpse of them!

Hmmm... quartz-lamp lit... scoot by at 100mph... you should voice those
complaints to the *director* of the movie, maybe? You'll notice that
Mead's designs are on paper. They don't move. That's somebody else's
job. When Mead directs his own movie then you can fault him for design
choices and animation, both also being director/producer calls.

> > 1950's? George Lucas has made a lot of his spaceship design for "The
> > Phantom Menace" look like 1950's car stylings, with lots of chrome
> I've definately noticed that, though I'm still reserving some judgement
> on it... it really has a sort of goony, goofishness which I dislike, but
> on the other hand, it makes vehicles like the "Sandspeeder" from the
> original SW easier to swallow!
> I really hope we don't see this in the new Gundam!

Man, I wonder how you'd react if the future actually ended up being
modelled that way?


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