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Star Trek: The Art of the Film Hardcover – November 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Film tie-in edition edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566200
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
Director J.J. Abrams’ new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek features a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before, as it tells the story of how the brash Starfleet cadet James T. Kirk first meets a Vulcan named Spock, and earns the Captain’s chair of the Starship Enterprise. The film quickly became a critical and commercial smash hit worldwide, as audiences — confirmed Trekkers and newcomers alike — thrilled to a state-of-the-art action epic which both respected the legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s archetypal modern myth and forged ahead into an exciting future of its own.

Star Trek: The Art of the Film is a lavishly illustrated celebration of that new vision, tracing the evolution of the movie’s look through a stunning array of previously unseen pre-production paintings, concept sketches, costume and set designs, unit photography and final frames.

Written by New York Times-bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz in close co-operation with the film’s production team, and including a Foreword by J.J. Abrams, this is the essential companion to the film.

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"If you're a Trekker, this is without reservation a must-own book....this collection is packed with so many stunning visuals that it's worth plopping down on you living room table just for the eye candy alone." - Cinematical.com

"Titan Books has once again delivered a companion book that is a must-have for any fan of the film. " - Filmschoolrejects.com

More About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is the author of over twenty-one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His recent works include Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon, The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, and the biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller

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Very nicely done.
Lois King
Concept art, renderings, digital photos/set photos, creatures, the characters, the ships are all explored and shown in the book.
Kansas_Jones
And hopefully like the film itself, you'll end up loving it just as much as I do!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 30, 2009
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It's weird this book came out months after the movie. The wait is over and I'm glad to say that this book is great.

There's plenty of cool concept art in this 160-page hardcover art book published by Titan Books. There are technical sketches and paintings for spaceships, the set, character, costumes, gadgetry, weapons and creatures. Included also are discarded ideas and concepts.

The amount of detail in the art is astonishing and texture is everywhere, 3D renderings, paintings, film stills. The bridge looks like casinos straight out of Las Vegas, with all the lights, panels, buttons and seats. The wickedly awesome looking mining vessel Narada is shown in different views and comes with close ups which will make you marvel at the engineering.

Those who love spaceships will not only find them, but also space stations and their interiors. They are all meticulously designed showing all the seams, cutting, and texture. The designs for the spaceships look really sleek.

For the non-human looking characters, there are lots of photos on the sculptures. For the creatures, there are sketches and 3D models.

This book is highly recommended to fans of sci-fi, not just Star Trek fans.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Cooper on December 19, 2009
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It was glossy and very well-made, with absolutely beautiful production values (a lot like the movie). As Trek art books go, though, it concentrated rather heavily on either what did or was going to appear on screen with very little in pre-production sketches and preliminary, experimental designs. Anyone who owned "The Art of Star Trek" will recall things like Matt Jefferies' initial sketched ideas for the overall shape of the Enterprise and the Klingon D7, among other things; this sort of first-cut experimentalism is sadly lacking in this book. Instead, we see what we saw in the film along with some glimpse into how those designs evolved. That's well and good, and this book does do what it intends to quite well. I would have wanted just a little more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By overlordspock on February 21, 2010
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Like others have already mentioned, this book is a great concept and executed well, except that it is very thin on included material.

Each different category of artwork that is explored (sketches of the Enterprise, uniforms, aliens, sets, etc.) are only given one or two pages of space at the most. I for one would have greatly enjoyed seeing the evolution process of getting from the original Enterprise to the new Enterprise explored in much more detail rather than the few random sketches we are given. Why were some of the decisions that were made made? All the different sketches/paintings of different aliens were fine, but most of those were not actually seen in the movie. It's good to see the concepts but again, why were some in the movie, but others weren't?

Don't get me wrong, I liked the book and do not regret purchasing it, but I would have loved to have seen a lot more meat to it, even if it meant at a higher price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoleeka on September 12, 2012
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I always loved the Star Trek created universe, in timelines, events, places, characters, ships and of course all of it imagination process. Pictured how it started? Wondered if my novel's graphic details could be more impressive after i see how the bigs do it. And now i'm just looking forward for my chin.
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By Miim on December 13, 2013
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This is a great book for fans of the movie and/or of Trek in general! I just wish something similar existed for the second movie. And perhaps also I wish that they had something like the Marvel artbooks, that come in those pretty boxes. Still, even without a pretty box, this book looks great on my artbook shelf and is always fun to peruse and go deeper into what we see in the movie.
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I was expecting a bit more out of this, honestly, but the photos and art are nice and it makes a good display piece. Hardcore Trekkies might not enjoy it as much as the casual fans, but it'll make a good addition to your bookshelf or coffee table if you enjoyed the new movies at all.
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Very nicely done. My daughter loved it. Check it out at a library before purchase and you won't be disappointed.
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amazing art book, I love it !!

it is unfortunate the pakage box is almost broken and the paper cover is folded when I receive it.

and it's my gift order, where is it?
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