Book Review: Star Trek: The Art of the Film

Star Trek: The Art of the Film

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.

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It came out months after the

It came out months after the film so it was released around the same time as the DVD/Blu.

I bought this book due to your review so thanks Parka. Lately i have had a real interest in Art Books and i have just received the amazing Art of District 9 from Weta. Your site is often linked over at wetacollectors in the Art section so feel free to say hello.

Thanks for this great site and keep up the good work. Cheers mate.

This is good but not great

This is good but not great book. I wish there was more about the actual making of the film. Obviously that's why Cinefex (magazine) exists. But for any fan of this latest installment of Trek, I recommend it wholeheartedly. Personally, I wish there was more about how the designers redesigned the starship Enterprise, especially which versions they ended up not using. Since there were no physical miniatures of the ships made for the movie, there is very coverage of the other Federation starships that are glimpsed briefly in the film. But overall a keeper to add to my Star Trek collection.

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