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Star Trek: The Art of the Film Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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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
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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.)
Here is a brief list of the attributes that distinguish this volume from less exceptional volumes:
1. Very high quality paper and reproduction of images, including a separate paper cover and hardcover binding.
2. Text that is relevant to the imagery itself and describes the inception, transformation and final construction of those conceptual images.
3. Explication for the rationale as to why decisions were made with respect to costume, and even color.
4. Most exciting of all (to me personally) is the inclusion of concepts that had to be omitted from the the final film. This aspect of the work process is fascinating, and the inclusion of alternate concepts is one characteristic that makes this volume intricate and fulfilling.
This is a tremendous glimpse into the creative process that led to some of the most vivid and visionary imagery in the STAR TREK movie, and it is hugely appreciated.
Bottom line: Worthwhile, visually splended andhigh quality book.
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.
This retrospective book is quite possibly the prettiest Art of Trek book I've ever checked out.
Concept art, renderings, digital photos/set photos, creatures, the characters, the ships are all explored and shown in the book. I particularly liked the glimpse at the USS Kelvin with the bridge photos, crew uniforms, and renderings of the vessel.
I'd recommend the book to either a Trek fan or a science fiction art fan.