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Gabe Koerner Concept Mistaken For Leaked Enterprise

AICN got the net buzzing today by linking to this image with the suggestion that it may be a leaked design for the Enterprise in the new Star Trek.

…but CGI artist Gabriel Koerner has confirmed this is actually one of his designs.

Koerner tells TrekMovie.com:

It would’ve been a dream to create a beautiful Wagon Train to the Stars for JJ Abrams worthy of the command of James Tiberius Kirk. I have not seen the design they chose, but this is one of three ideas I had designed as what I would’ve done if tasked with that assignment. The one pictured here was published in Pocket Books’ ‘Ships of the Line’, a calendar of CG imagery by Trek VFX alum. I am sure Ryan Church has done the vessel justice, betcha his makes mine look like a Pinto.

Gabriel Koerner is well known to Star Trek fans as both a beloved fan featured in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2 as well as an accomplished CGI artist. Koerner is living the dream working at Digital Domain and has done work for Star Trek Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica and many feature films. He is currently at work on the new Speed Racer film from the Wachowski brothers. Like any CGI artist who is also a Trek fan, Koerner loves to make Star Trek models and many of his concepts for a ‘new’ Enterprise have shown up online, often mistaken for the real thing (by no fault of Gabe’s).

The supposed leaked Enterprise is actually available on Gabriel’s website. Here are a couple of other angles of the same Enterprise on Gabriel’s site:


  

One of Koerner’s designs has even worked its way into a fan made teaser trailer:

NOTE: THIS WORK IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OR COMMISSIONED BY DIGITAL DOMAIN

You can visit Gabe’ site at gabekoerner.com.


UPDATE: Orci Responds

In the talkback section below, Star Trek co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci responds to this latest false positive and gives a hint at what we might see for real

I think they’re quite beautiful. A lot of nice work.

You just can’t deny the SHAPE of the ship, which is so great — so elegant.

Can’t wait to show show you ours.

With flames :)

…fyi…he is kidding about the flames (or we all hope so)

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Harry Ballz
December 4, 2007 11:45 am

i know everyone else is picky about the design, but it looks good to me!

ZoomZoom
December 4, 2007 11:49 am

nope- its what the Borg would have done to the E if they had assimilated it.

josh1701
December 4, 2007 11:55 am

new ship will be a datsun

Pragmaticus
December 4, 2007 11:56 am

It would have been fine for me.

Jackson Roykirk
December 4, 2007 11:56 am

I like Koerner’s designs in general, however, I can do without the see-through nacelles and the “foreskin” on the bussard collectors.

(I guess I’m one of the “picky” ones Harry mentioned) ;)

YUBinit
December 4, 2007 11:57 am

I caught this and knew better at AICN news this morning but thought to observe how far it would go. LOL

Nelson
December 4, 2007 11:59 am

Gabriel is a good CG artist, but I don’t think he’s had any training or from what i can see, any sense of design. He’s more of a interpretor of past designs. Taking elements from others and incorporating them.

I feel his images are just that, images, not a real design. There is no clear focus or “big idea” to his work. A great design requires a simple pure thought, not a mish-mash of so many different elements. I agree with the above comment, it’s more like what the Borg would have done.

There is a purity and elegance to the original Jeffries design. It’s a clean design.

No offense to Gabriel, cause he’s good at what he does with the software.

Kev-1
December 4, 2007 11:59 am

Haven’t seen the top image, but the rest has been on the web for months. Interestingly, I believe Mr. Koerner posted some angles of this on Trekweb, to much acclaim, months ago, but he said in posts there that it wasn’t his preferred look for the E. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think he wanted it smoother. I hope the movie ship looks that good.

Mazzer
December 4, 2007 12:06 pm

They’re pretty — but it’s not Star Trek. I think that the more plates and bolts you show, the more you’re getting into the “Jules Verne” aesthetic, where 19th century technologies are used to project futuristic machines.

I think that a more convincing Enterprise would have a smooth simplicity, like the one from ST The Motion Picture.

doubleofive
December 4, 2007 12:11 pm

I was waiting for someone in the news to mistake one of Koerner’s models for the new Enterprise and spread it around. I guess the wait is over.

As for Koerner’s design, I like it. Could be a little smoother, but otherwise its great.

Thomas Jensen
December 4, 2007 12:15 pm

If the Enterprise looked like this for the original series, it’d be fine. No problem, but with the movie, something like it would only fit in if (as rumored) the timeline was changed. I’m hoping for an Enterprise that would actually fit in with what has been established as the early Enterprise around the time of Pike; with more minor detailing.

They would be really clever if the ship was somewhat different when the view is close-up, but looked the same from afar. But I’m not actually thinking that will happen. I think it will be familiar, but with lots more detailing with the same basic shape.

James Heaney
December 4, 2007 12:19 pm

I think this ship is objectively beautiful. But I prefer a more conservative interpretation of the 1701 for the movie.

Still… I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t watched the Gabe K video several (dozen) times.

David (Enterprise should have wings AND flames on the hull)
December 4, 2007 12:22 pm

There’s much more where this came from, including a new shuttle design. Gabe’s site does not link to everything, but…

http://www.gabekoerner.com/ent/ will give you file access to 11 movies in various stages, and 30+ pictures.

Very cool stuff –

And Gabe, disable your view directory settings on your web site! It will keep nosy guys like me out ;).

Plum
December 4, 2007 12:26 pm

Oh AICN is stoned, Koerner’s Enterprise has been around for ages!

It’s what I like to call the “anime enterprise”, as it’s design reflects that youthful style so popular in the last 10 years. It’s not a bad design, it is what it is and I think Koerner did a fine job all around. I noted the animation itself gave terrific weight and feel to his ship. However, it’s not the more mature design I have come to expect from Trek films over the years. Of course, I say that excluding the enterprise-e which I like to call the “stealth enterprise”, a less mature design on it’s own but without the excuse of being a single design by a young Trek fan.

jeff
December 4, 2007 12:29 pm

Seems like a nice guy, but I hate his design.

December 4, 2007 12:32 pm

It’s a great and impressive piece of digital work. But I do hope it does not resemble the ship we will see in the film in any way, the design looks like some freakish mutant and is certainly not Trek or M Jeffries. However, if the Mirror episode were done today…..?

AJ
December 4, 2007 12:32 pm

#7: I think the “big idea” should remain faithful to Matt Jefferies and the small ideas of modernizing some tech issues shouldbe the bain if the new guys. It will be loads of fun nonetheless. Please make her large and glorious!

Harlan
December 4, 2007 12:33 pm

personally, i like it. if they went this way with the E i’d be happy. very close to the original but visually updated. gives a much better idea of the scale. the tos design could never give the awe in size that a modern design could.

Batts
December 4, 2007 12:42 pm

I am very mixed about this look. I believe someone is tampering with history and that i snot a good idea..We have to already get used to seeing our favorite characters played by other people and if that’s not enough now they are changing the beloved ship also. Hey Stop!! Don’t do anymore, someone said this ship look like a freakish mutant, the Enterprise on Steroids!! Or maybe the ship stripped down and thrown back together with some new parts or maybe the ship doing an episode of “Pimp My ShiP”.

Clinton
December 4, 2007 12:43 pm

I believe someone caught the “error” pretty early today in the AICN forums.

jeff
December 4, 2007 12:43 pm

From his website, THIS is his best deign.

Before he gussied it all up, it had a distinct 1950s look to it, like old 1950s car design. It’s simple elegant and stylish:

Batts
December 4, 2007 12:44 pm

I am sorry I did not space that “i snot” to is not!! Ha Ha!! Well snot on that idea…..

ensign joe
December 4, 2007 12:49 pm

It seems to me like one of the better mods I’ve seen… if not a little bit bloated… I personally hated the E design, understood why they went B, C was good… D was to the A what the TNG crew was to TOS crew.. i like the TMP Enterprise best though.. of course I’m biased because TMP was the best trek..

[…] **Update** Sorry ya’ll, seems this picture isnt legit. It’s from a special effects designer who used to work for Star Trek. here is another of his pics: […]

December 4, 2007 12:56 pm

Hey, he can do a better job than I could do, so kudos to him. And I like it …. looks great

YUBinit
December 4, 2007 12:59 pm

#13 Thanks! This http://www.gabekoerner.com/ent/trekreel002.mov actually gave me chills when the phasers fired. Very well done. :)

December 4, 2007 1:07 pm

I like Gabe’s design. When I first saw it, like, months ago, I wasn’t too sure I liked how modified it was, but since then, I’ve grown to like it. It’s updated but it still maintains the same basic shape. It’s almost like an homage to the original vessel, while upgrading it to look more futuristic than the original design. If this were the Enterprise for the movie, I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all. :)

JL
December 4, 2007 1:17 pm

OMG the thing looks so beautiful… the sunset sky shot is simply stunning. W-O-W, nice job

JL
December 4, 2007 1:18 pm

I might add, picky bastids or not, we can only HOPE something this professionally well-done happened to the E when they redesigned it for the new film. holy crap

December 4, 2007 1:22 pm

Oh, to look up and see the Enterprise at sunset…geek love…

*sigh*

That’s exactly how she looks in my dreams.

Lou
December 4, 2007 1:30 pm

I hope the one they chose is better than this. (and that would be damn hard to do!! :D )

December 4, 2007 1:31 pm

Come next year we may all be WISHING that had been the design used!

But I hope not.

bmar
December 4, 2007 1:41 pm

I like his designs. I particularly like the “sunset” one – as it looks the most realistic of any CGI Enterprises I have ever seen. Not to reignite the model vs. CG debate – but you can’t argue that this one doesn’t have “heft.”

Chris Clow
December 4, 2007 1:41 pm

Personally, I think we’ll be lucky if we got something as faithful to Matt Jeffries as that one.

Maybe I’m just pessimistic. Oh well, hopefully I’ll like it!

bmar
December 4, 2007 1:46 pm

following up on my previous comment – if you look through the directory of files linked to in #13 above – you’ll come across this picture, amongst others:

I think Gabe is a stunning realist. His use of shadow, shade and focus places these drawings squarely in the “real world” – even without any reference points (like the sunset one). This picture looks remarkably like an extreme close up of a real model.

Herbert Eyes Wide Open
December 4, 2007 1:56 pm

I kinda’ like it… not everything about it, mind you… but it does have an interesting and compelling design aesthetic to it.

Funny… it kinda fits into the visual lineage moving from the NX-01 to the refitted NCC-1701 in TMP.

Balock
December 4, 2007 2:09 pm

interesting, kind of looks doomsday machinish. I don’t get how anything like this is an improvement over original model. The old painted hull is still by far the best as is…

josepepper
December 4, 2007 2:11 pm

I like the shuttles a lot

I must say I like the enterprise too, a little too mechanical and muscular but probably a lot more realistic for what a space vehicle would actually look like with external machinery etc…

Id actually like them to really re-imagine this a bit and get away from all previous incarnations while trying to stay true to the original beauty and simplicity of the original. This is not an easy task and will be thoroughly criticized no matter what they do. Personally I can’t frieking wait for the new voyages to begin!!!

Balock
December 4, 2007 2:13 pm

The least criticism will come from leaving the exterior as is from Pike and Kirk E…

Captain Fantastic
December 4, 2007 2:16 pm

i hate gabe’s deflector dish, the way it is detached from the hull, its deprives the enterprise of looking like its made of advanced technology and as if its been cobbled together.

Balock
December 4, 2007 2:16 pm

by the way, I’m okay with changes to interior, but I think most of the original E bridge elements, like the big screens looked much better than the movie bridges

Bart
December 4, 2007 2:22 pm

Generations may have been a bad film, but the music was absolutely beautiful!!

J C
December 4, 2007 2:23 pm

There’s almost something reptilian and sinister about the rendering of that enertrprise.It would make a good’Mirror Miror’ enterprise.

Bart
December 4, 2007 2:23 pm

[…] Zitat von Trip Tucker Zig widersprchliche Meldungen…. Der eine sagt, man erkennt sie kaum als Enterprise, wg. Warpgondeln und Rumpf. Der andere sagt, sie wurde in die "Neuzeit" geholt. Und wieder ein anderer sagt, es ist dieselbe wie damals, nur "grittier". Jetzt fehlt nur noch jmd der sagt: "Sie wurde kein bichen verndert!" und wir haben alle Varianten durch! Mal im Ernst: wir werden hier doch nach Strich und Faden verarscht. Glaube nicht, dass von der Enterprise, wie wir sie zu sehen bekommen werden, irgendwas nach auen gedrungen ist. Und wenn doch, es lt sich vom Wahrheitsgehalt nicht von den gefaketen Aussagen unterscheiden. Eigentlich raffiniert: Man verhindert nicht, dass was nach draussen dringt, sondern zerfuselt nur das Fundament, auf welchem Wahrheiten in der Medienwelt erkannt werden knnten. Passend dazu ein neues Gercht Gabe Koerner Concept Mistaken For Leaked Enterprise | TrekMovie.com […]

December 4, 2007 2:39 pm

The new designs look great but it’s too radical for me.

Adam
December 4, 2007 2:42 pm

I think what I like best about this model is the blue glow from the nacelles, and that you can see the phaser emitters and RCS thrusters.

jonboc
December 4, 2007 2:53 pm

I’m glad this isn’t what JJ has in store for us. Having said that, I’m also a bit nervous to see what JJ DOES have in store for us.

Harry Ballz
December 4, 2007 2:57 pm

#47 “the blue glow from the nacelles”

Funny, back in my college days, I had the very same physical reaction when my date would turn down my request to make out! :)

December 4, 2007 3:10 pm

I don’t know why everyone hates Star Trek Generations. It’s a great movie.

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