Just before the weekend hit, we received an awesome little package here at Reject HQ: several copies of the latest release from the folks at Titan Books, Star Trek: The Art of the Film. Shortly after finishing my second go-round with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek on Blu-ray (which I have chronicled in my in-depth review), I took a look at this new book to see what was what.
And as I soon found out, Titan Books has once again delivered a companion book that is a must-have for any fan of the film. Combining beautiful concept art from this epic space adventure with hi-res shots from the film, The Art of the Film walks us through all of the design that went into this franchise reboot. Everything is in there, from creature design — a la the “cousin of Cloverfield” monster from the ice planet Delta Vega — to the design of the bridges of both the USS Kelvin (seen below in a never-before-seen image, click to enlarge) and the USS Enterprise. Also seen below, a shot of the original outpost on Delta Vega where Kirk (Chris Pine) was to meet Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) and Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg). As you might notice, this original design didn’t quite make it into the film.
Written by Mark Cotta Vaz with a foreword by director J.J. Abrams, the book also provides great insight into the design of the costumes — from the Starfleet cadet uniforms to the helmets of the Klingon prison guards who ultimately didn’t make it into the movie. One of the most fascinating things to read and see was the attention given to the Starfleet uniforms. The material, colors and fit were all designed with painstaking attention to detail, something that shows up clearly in the quality of the film.
Of course, one of my favorite things about this book comes at the very end. After all of the concept art, the character and costume designs, the beautiful and vibrant images of space, comes some of the sweet, but also rejected poster designs. Above anything else, this is worth the price you may pay for this book (though I would urge you to stay tuned, as we will be giving away a few copies starting tomorrow, 11/17). It hearkens back to a time when I went out and picked up the theatrical poster and makes me almost sad that I cannot hang something like this on my wall:
Star Trek: The Art of the Film is available for pre-order on Amazon and will hit store shelves on November 17, 2009. Just in time for the release of the Blu-ray and DVD. For more on that, check out my special Blu-ray report on the epic release of Star Trek.