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To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage - Season One Paperback – March 10, 2016
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"Gurian's book has hundreds of pictures of all aspects of the creation of the original Star Trek, giving us a great look at the sets, models, actors and work that went into bringing the science fiction show to life." - io9.Gizmodo.com
"Gerald Gurian ... brings us a 218-page book filled with a collection of photographs that took over forty years to build, featuring eye-catching images that include behind-the-scenes action during filming." - GeekAlerts.com
"It offers fans a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, which is a brilliant way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek." - Fiz-X.com
"A great TOS photo book, BUY IT!" - James Cawley, Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II
"Truly, there has never been a more mind blowing collection of rare behind the scenes TOS shots ever assembled in one place." - Doug Drexler, Academy & Emmy Award winning artist, Star Trek: TNG/DS9/Voyager/Enterprise production crew
"Gerald's collection of images is simply stunning; it's just plain fun to see new perspectives on old scenes from the series that we've come to know so well." - Adam Nimoy, Hollywood filmmaker, author, Director: "For The Love Of Spock"
"To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage gives us a look at many amazing behind the scenes moments from the original show." - SciFiDesign.com
About the Author
Gerald Gurian, born in Toronto, Canada, earned a B.A.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1985 and then spent the next 25 years in manufacturing systems design - most recently serving as a Senior Simulation Engineer with General Motors in Detroit, where he received a prestigious Boss Kettering Award in 2007, the company's highest internal recognition for technical innovation. Since 2008, Gerald has been the author and publisher of startrekpropauthority.com - a site dedicated to documenting the Art and Production History of the Star Trek franchise, with a special emphasis on The Original Series. In 2002, he authored a section in the book Trekkers: True Stories By Fans For Fans (ECW Press, edited by Nikki Stafford), and in 2012 helped to authenticate an early 1st season TOS Captain Kirk gold velour tunic that sold at auction in Los Angeles for just under $100,000 - a Shatner costume sales record. Gerald was also a significant contributor of rare Star Trek imagery to the book Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block (Sept. 2010, Abrams Books). And from 2013 through 2014, he provided hundreds of rare images from his personal collection to the Jacobs/Brown Press Saturn Award winning three book series These Are The Voyages: TOS by Marc Cushman. Gerald is constantly supervised by his adorable and benevolent Pomeranian Minka.
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This book contains an impressive collection of both known and rare images from the original Star Trek season one
While this print on demand book is an impressive collection of film clip, film stock and photographic images from the image archives of its author, Mr Gerald Gurian, from all three seasons of production of the original Star Trek, the aggregate of these images collected for this season one book volume, suffers some from poor image editing/restoration, as well as to, maybe random decisions to size those rarer images that could have been made larger than they were presented in this book volume.
My rather strong criticisms of the quality and accuracy of this "print-on-demand", pictorial documentation volume of each episode of season one of Star Trek, come from Mr. Gurian's own decision to personally edit and modify these images, himself, instead of hiring a seasoned image editing professional with better, professionally standard image editing apps, more experience with getting the best and largest resolutions of images from film negatives, clip and photos and higher grade film and image scanning equipment that would have allowed Mr. Gurian the ability to showcase many of the rarer images at a larger size while still retaining a quality resolution for print.
While Mr. Gurian thoroughly and extensively documented his own procedures that he used to make all of his image archives viable for print at the beginning of his book (and I DO recognize and laud his own efforts to try and do his own restoration of his own Star Trek image archives) based on the various and uneven levels of success in producing accurate, high resolution images for editing/restoration/enlargement for print and not knowing anything about Mr. Gurian's own professional or semi-professional/amateur experiences in photography, digital photography or digital image creation, editing/restoration, I have to believe that his background in this area of expertise is limited to less than a professional digital image editing knowledge, limited knowledge of the tools/applications he used to convert these images to digital versions and some very amateur looking color corrected images that are either wrong colors are too saturated.
This is especially apparent in some color images that show the command and sciences uniform color as just plain wrong color due to bad color correction and/or over saturated color or attempts, perhaps, at "colorising" a black & white image.
Mr. Gurian had other color images he edited that had very accurate color, so I am at a loss to explain the handful of other color images in this book whose colors were way off from other more accurate color images.
As a long time digital image editing professional, myself, there are many techniques to increase both image size and resolution of image either at the initial scanning stage or post scanning stage in a comprehensive image editing app and there are, also, ways to get more accurate color of images during editing, also.
While his own clean up of all of these images was quite good, and I will give him the Kudos he deserves for the excellent digital clean up job that he did with all of the images he presented in this book, in my professional opinion, his other editing attempts were very uneven and amateur-ish and gives his first printed book efforts a less than professional polish.
Perhaps, if Mr. Gurian is still planning on presenting the last two Star Trek seasons in photos using the "print-on-demand' process, maybe he should seek a out a graphics/image editing prodessional who can help him with converting his image archives to high quality digital imagery that will have enough "built-in" resolution so he can present a better collection of larger images in the next two installments.
I did like that he chose a paper stock with a matte finish for the book to keep the gloss down and to present sharper, cleaner/clearer printed image.
I give this book a 5 for effort, but only a three for exexcution and the final printed result.
Still, if you own the "These Are the Voyages three book collection, you need to add this book volume and the other two volumes that may come to your collection as a companion set of Star Trek extensive and rare image books to go with the
extensive three volume/season behind the scenes books!
" To Boldly Go" is a MUST HAVE BOOK for any original Star Trek fans who think that they have seen every single photo or image from that production over all of the years.
You will be in for some amazing surprises, thanks to the extensive pictorial film archives of Mr. Gerald Gurian!
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