Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Star Trek Sketchbook by Herbert F. Solow & Yvonne Fern Solow

Today's item is a very interesting book:

The Star Trek Sketchbook is about four people:
- Walter Matthew "Matt" Jeffries, who designed the sets for the original series, as well as the exterior of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Included are many photos of a scale model of the interior Enterprise sets that he personally built and used to help directors decide how to shoot episodes. Matt Jeffries also designed the Galileo shuttle, the Klingon "battle cruiser," and the famous Klingon emblem.
- William Ware Theiss, who designed the costumes for the original series.
- Fred Phillips, who did the makeup for the original series, thus creating the look of many alien races and diseases. This book also covers his work on The Motion Picture, where a bigger budget enabled him to improve his Klingons.
- Wah Ming Chang, a prop and costume designer. He designed Star Trek's phasers and communicators, many of the alien costumes (including the "salt vampire" and the Gorn), Spock's Vulcan harp, the Romulan ship, and many, many tribbles.

This book is available on amazon.com:

Coming on Thursday: A Star Trek game that cannot be played on a screen.

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