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The Original Concept Art From "Back To The Future Part II" Is Awesome

What 2015 looked like in 1988, by designer Edward Eyth.

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Eyth told BuzzFeed: "At that point in Hollywood there were just a handful of concept designers providing art to accommodate the sci-fi renaissance that Star Wars, Tron, and other films started."

"Word of mouth was the primary means of getting work – often a director or producer I'd worked with would pass my name on when a sci-fi project entered pre-production."

"In this case, it was a dream gig: Sit in a trailer on the Universal Studios lot with a handful of other 'visual futurists' and speculate about what the experience of living in 2015 would be like."


"A film's visuals are primarily dictated by the script, combined with the director's vision. Within that structure there's still a lot of room for creative exploration."

"I was inspired by Syd Mead's work on Blade Runner and Tron [and] the sketchbooks of Joe Johnston for the Star Wars films – the great sci-fi films that preceded BTTF II drove my urge to be in the film industry."


"In Back to the Future [Part II], it was more about projecting forward three decades and creating a visual experience that was realistic and relatively optimistic."


When I was assigned to create a layout for the 2015 USA Today newspaper, I inserted a feature on the cover that mentions 'Washington prepares for Queen Diana's visit'. A lighthearted projection that's now so wrong, sadly.

"I always liked the design of the DeLorean itself, and the inventive time machine elements just looked so nicely handmade and believably fabricated in some garage science lab."


“The driving incentive in entertainment is to create something ‘that's never been seen before’, and artists & writers have free reign to create things that might be completely unrealistic in the current state of technology.”

“To some extent engineers and commercial designers are constrained by manufacturing budgets, market realities, and generating revenue. Few companies have the resources to experiment and innovate in bold ways.”


“I have a DeLorean in my garage that I'm trying to convert into a time machine so I can go back and get it right this time so the film holds up under all the fan scrutiny it's experiencing now.”

Edward Eyth's artwork was brought to our attention via Newsweek and iO9. H/T to Newsweek for the find.