Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Behind the scenes look at the Enterprise-E, Argo, Scorpion, and more

The physical model of the USS Enterprise-E made it's debut in First Contact, and then was never seen on-screen again, as subsequent films went fully CGI. Thanks to Prop Store we can drink in the details of that amazing model though, as photographed by one of the ILM crew members. Continue below for a few highlights, plus some other TNG movie era behind the scenes goodies, and visit Prop Store to check out the full gallery of photos of the Enterprise-E model.













You can see much more of the Enterprise-E over at Prop Store. Meanwhile Star Trek production artist, and designer of the E, John Eaves, set up a Facebook page a little while ago, and has shared some of his artwork and photos. For instance, a look at the Enterprise-E bridge, and how it was converted for use as the Valdore in Nemesis:





Eaves also posted some of his concept art for the Enterprise's shuttlecraft Argo, also seen in Nemesis:
The Argo times 2, Nemesis called for a double Argo so here is what was conceived, the Argo shuttle, and the Argo 4X4. the two vehicles were a unit and the design process was a lot of fun. This was probably my fav of all the trek shuttles that came a cross my desk and mainly because we figured out a way to have wings that did not have to retract into the body of the craft.. This outer hinging idea came from all the fold up wings on all of the carrier based planes from WWII, The Avenger and the Hellcat were the Two that provided the most inspiration and in the end this outer wing made for a very practical and elegant way to have wings.




And finally in this TNG behind the scene pick-and-mix Eaves has also posted lots of imagery looking at the creation of the Reman Scorpion fighters from Nemesis.
This is a small amount of the pix and art that went into the creation of the Ramen Scorpion fighter. This was a wickedly fun assignment to undertake and I worked with some remarkably talented folks with this one, Herman Zimmerman, Mike Okuda, Ron Namora, Bill Skinner, Anna Packard, Tom Arp, Dan Plan, Mike Mentzer, and the incredible Paramount pictures construction and FX crews. The Scorpion was actually the first full sized props to break the flat glass and pained window look. Jag was just about done and I found a bunch of F-18 canopies in the back of the FX shop, I told Herman about them and we decided to flip the canopies around and design the ship around the glass.




You'll find much more about the development of the Scorpion design on John Eaves' Facebook page, and there's more to see on all the links posted above. And for more still, check back through my "behind the scenes" label for all sorts of concept art, and looks at props, miniatures, sets, and more from across the franchise and various Star Trek media.


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