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EXCLUSIVE: James Clyne Talks About His Newly Revealed Star Trek Concept Art June 1, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Interview,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

There were two main concept artists for the new Star Trek feature film. In the last few weeks Ryan Church has posted a couple his designs on his site. Now James Clyne has joined in, by putting up over two dozen pieces of Star Trek concept art on his site. TrekMovie talked exclusively to Clyne about his work. See below for his sketches and what lies behind them. 


Trek designer shows his concepts
The visualization of the new Star Trek movie started with two veteran concept illustrators, James Clyne and Ryan Church. Working with production designer Scott Chambliss, the pair stated in early 2007. Clyne tells TrekMovie that he is “proud” he and Church “had the opportunity to do the first visualizations of the new Star Trek." The pair also worked closely with director JJ Abrams. It was their task to work with Trek’s past while also envisioning something new. Clyne notes:

It was a lot of fun. JJ was fantastic to work with and very approachable. Throwing ideas was really collaborative…JJ wanted us to explore new visuals because he wanted to create a whole new world and reinvigorate Star Trek, which he did.  

In the end Clyne ended up working on the project for over a year, staying on after the concepts were done to art direct the designers at ILM as they came up with the CGI models. Clyne took TrekMovie step by step through the parts of the film that were his responsibility…

The Narada
One of Clyne’s major contributions to the Star Trek movie was the design of Nero’s Narada. Clyne came up with the concept art for the externals and internals for the Romulan ship. The artist tells TrekMovie that he mostly had a blank page and that there was no detailed description for the ship in the script beyond calling it the ‘Battleship Narada’ and that it was from the future and not a traditional looking Romulan ship. JJ Abrams directed Clyne to create something ‘never seen before’ and said he wanted something ‘threatening looking’ which is what he got.

Clyne’s Design sketches of the Narada
(click to see full sized at his site – select the Star Trek XI gallery)

According to Clyne, he envisioned that because the ship was traveling through time (what he thought was back and forth through time), and that it had ‘contracted some kind of  virus, so the ship became like an organism.’ As for the size of the ship, Clyne notes "there was a lot of debate about that, it is massive, but not as big as V’ger."

Clyne’s sketch of the Narada traveling through time

Clyne tells TrekMovie that some involved with the film, including some designers at ILM, had thought that the ship moved like a squid with the points moving forward, so on some sketches he had to note which end was the rear and even draw arrows on it some times. Clyne says "I thought it was more menacing to have the spikes forward."

Sketch noting the rear of the Narada

Clyne was also responsible for designing the interiors for the Narada as well. As you can see from the sketches, the ship was supposed to have hand rails.

Narada bridge and interiors

Clyne also designed the drilling rig, which was a major set piece for the feature film. In order to help out with the ILM team, Clyne also built a real ‘rudimentary model’ of the drilling platform. 

Drilling rig and early sketch of chain

Kelvin interiors
The exterior of the USS Kelvin was designed by Clyne’s collaborator Ryan Church (who also designed the Jellyfish and the USS Enterprise), however Clyne was responsible for the interiors, including the bridge, corridors, the turbolift and the shuttlebay. Regarding the look, Clyne said Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss wanted the Kelvin (originally called ‘Iowa’) to be more like traditional Star Trek designs, but also to be more ‘functional’ and have "more of a battleship aesthetic." Clyne said he drew inspiration from the TOS bridge, the bridge of the USS Reliant from Wrath of Khan and current military ships and submarines. Clyne admits that even though he was familiar and liked the Star Trek TV series and films, he didn’t consider himself an expert. However, he says that Paramount actually had a ‘Star Trek expert’ on staff who would “pore over the designs to keep us in check.”

Kelvin Bridge (including red alert version)

Kelvin corridor

Vulcan architecture and vistas
Clyne was also tasked with designing the vistas of planet Vulcan. Clyne used Vasquez Rocks and SkyRose Chapel as the basis for his designs, as both locations had already been selected to be used for the Vulcan scenes. Clyne came up with the idea for the ‘hanging buildings’ which were used in the final film. Clyne tells TrekMovie that it was originally planned for Vulcan to have a heavier atmosphere and red sky, but as we know Vulcan ended up with a blue sky (although Bob Orci contends Vulcan’s sky is ‘seasonal’). 

Vulcan vistas

Drilling rig attacks Vulcan (note moons or other bodies in background)

Space shots
Clyne also did concept art for a number of Space shots in Star Trek. This first one shows the destruction of the fleet at Vulcan. Clyne tells TrekMovie that this shot was done early in the process and before there were new designs to draw on and so Clyne looked to Trek’s past, including the NX-01, the original TOS Enterprise and the USS Reliant.

Post-attack ships around Vulcan

More space shots from James Clyne

Cut scenes
Clyne also tells TrekMovie that he has some additional designs that have not been released yet from scenes that were cut from the film. Clyne was responsible for the designs for the Klingon Prison Rura Penthe (which was a redressed industrial location). He also designed (and they built), a special bike for Sarek, used in the Vulcan scenes. There were also additional sketches for Spock’s home on Vulcan. Hopefully these designs will be revealed by Clyne at a later date.

Clyne did reveal an extra tidbit about his work. One of this many projects working on the Star Trek film was to design the cool new Burger King glasses (and their packaging).

Clyne designed the Star Trek glasses

Clyne’s work will next be seen in the James Cameron film Avatar, which comes out later this year and he is currently at work on a new 20 Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

More on James at his official site.



1. Joe - June 1, 2009


2. Daniel Broadway - June 1, 2009

Those Kelvin interiors are awesome, I wish the Enterprise bridge had been a mix between those and the TOS from the original series.

3. Daniel Broadway - June 1, 2009

Also, if Mr. Clyne is reading, is there a source to get Enterprise orthos? I see he used them on the glasses, and I’d love to get some orthos for 3D modeling reference.

4. Shane Zeranski - June 1, 2009


5. Devon - June 1, 2009

The Kelvin Bridge is absolutely a stunning design. I only wish the Enterprise bridge could have taken a note from it!

BTW, speaking of the Narada, whatever happened to the Playmates toy of this ship?

6. Phasers On Stun - June 1, 2009

This is very cool. I can’t wait to see more of Church’s sketches.

7. The Governator - June 1, 2009

Awesome designs!!!!!

8. Hosetlh - June 1, 2009

All very nice, but I want to know when the ART OF STAR TREK (and all such related books) are coming out.


9. The Last Maquis - June 1, 2009

Bet I could Own those jokers

10. Valar1 - June 1, 2009

When I got the glasses I wanted to put them on a shelf next to my other Trek stuff, my wife took them down and insists on using them, but I still kept the packaging thinking it was cool, now that I know an actual bona fide designer of the film worked on them, that makes it extra cool!

11. Christine - June 1, 2009

Those are absolutely incredible…

12. jocor - June 1, 2009

Beautiful! I like the Kelvin bridge design better than the Enterprises.

I suppose it carried the idea that the Enterprise was new, still I like the added drama of the darker lived in Kelvin.

I want to go see this movie again.

13. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - June 1, 2009

Judging from these and other concept sketches we’ve seen (which show an Enterprise with orange bussard collectors) it seems that the decision to change the color to blue occured fairly later. Even some of the Burger King pictures showed orange bussards I’d still like to know why they went with blue, of all colours – those blue bussards annoy the hell out of me.

14. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 1, 2009

5. Devon

The Narada Playmates ship must have been considered too dangerous for children.

15. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 1, 2009

I like the H.U.D.s on the Kelvin’s bridge. Gonna have to see the movie again!!

16. The Riddler - June 1, 2009

The Kelvin blows everything else in the film away.

17. allister gourlay - June 1, 2009

beautiful work

18. Jordan - June 1, 2009

gorgeous, gorgeous art…. the designs in this film are unparalleled, truly.

19. 8 of 12 - June 1, 2009

This is beautiful stuff. Thanks Mr. Clyne!! This fan is happy.

20. Spock with a Crowbar - June 1, 2009

Just gorgeous. Church and Clyne are amazing; both great choices for the new Trek designs.

I only wish I could buy a book with all of the new art and designs :(

21. SChaos1701 - June 2, 2009

I still want to know what the woman was yelling when she was being sucked out of the Kelvin.

22. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - June 2, 2009

Wow, those are some AWESOME Klingon Warship bridge and corridor concepts!! They really capture the look and feel of Klingon technology and aestetics.

…wait, those are the KELVIN interiors? A Federation ship? Oops, my mistake!

The Kelvin Bridge could have looked more like this: http://www.webolutionary.com/3d/images/bridge_goddard-8.jpg

It’s not only recognizable as a Federation bridge, but a TOS one at that…except “realistic” or whatever without going overboard, like Mr. Clyne (respectfully) did.

23. Phil - June 2, 2009

Yeah, I’m glad to see hand-rails hadn’t been “forgotten about” in the 24th Century, especially in such a massively cavernous setting as the inside of the Narada. It seems like a bit of a Star Warsian oversight from the designers of Romulan mining ships. Common sense, for me, dictates that if there’s lots of cris-crossing walkways over a huge chasm on my ship, basic safety features like a guard rail would be a bit of a no-brainer. Something a bit more secure, like, oh I don’t know, a wall would be better again. Perhaps the designers sought to save weight be eliminating such trivial things… despite being in space?

Anyway, apart from the Narada (the design for which doesn’t sit well with me – exterior either – should’ve been in Aliens), these designs rock. Probably prefer them to Church’s, if you’re going to compare them. Agree with what everyone else says about the Kelvin bridge, even though the “window” viewscreen still doesn’t work for me.

For me, though, the scene where the Enterprise warps into Vulcan orbit into the battle-torn fleet seemed like was completely awry with it’s sense of scale. But that’s picking nits.

24. SciFiMetalGirl - June 2, 2009

Sometimes the end result makes much more sense when you can see the begginings of where they came from!

25. Darrksan - June 2, 2009

The Post-attack ships around Vulcan picture shows
the NX-01, The NCC-1701 (tos) and a USS Reliant all destroyed
which just feels to me like just an FU to past trek.
I known most people will hate me for saying that, but
It is just odd to me that all the Prime Star Trek easter eggs
in the new film are destroyed or blow up.
* Saurian brandy smashed.
* the NX-01, The NCC-1701 (tos) and a USS Reliant all destroyed
* Vulcan (A Prime Star Trek Fav) destroyed.
* Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”, was more likely a dig at William Shatner (I think JJ is lying that it is not).
* The 1966 Corvette being destroyed. 1966 being the year Trek was first broadcast. seem like a dig to TOS (I think JJ is lying that it is not).
* and so on
Why does most of the Prime Star Trek easter eggs have to be destroyed?

The Artwork of the Kelvin Bridge just great (too bad the Kelvin Bridge in the film does not look like this and looks cheap).
The Artwork of the Kelvin Bridge is just awesome.
It like the NX-01’s Bridge meets TOS’s Bridge.
this Artwork of the Kelvin Bridge is canon to me for a Bridge of sometime between 2160 to 2240.

26. Phil - June 2, 2009

Darrksan (25) – you’re paranoid. Stop being such a victim. I don’t hate you for saying it. I just think you’re living in the past. Do you think Abrams would go to all the trouble of getting a licence to play Sabotage in the movie just to piss Bill Shatner off? If so, that’s a pretty childish thing to do. I think it was just an opportunity to get some nice Nokia product placement into the film. If anything, the ‘Vette getting thrown off the cliff can just as easily be seen as some kind of prediction of yesterday’s news of GM filing for Chapter 11. But that’s just crazy. People need to stop looking so much into things like that and just enjoy the film for what it is.

You talk about the NX-01 being an “FU to past trek”. Well, a lot of people would disagree, and would say the fact that Star Trek: Enterprise was ever greenlit was an “FU to past trek”. Personally, I’m a fan, but it didn’t wash with a lot of fans. At least, not until four years in, at which point it had it’s fate sealed already.

27. Geoffers - June 2, 2009

25.. My friend.. seak help.. you are, (just maybe) a tad paranoid.. Seak help.. or better still A LIFE!

28. Kirk, James T. - June 2, 2009

why isn’t there a “making of” book for this movie?

29. Anthony Thompson - June 2, 2009

I’d been wondering which E. Fay Jones chapel had been used in the film. This isn’t one of his best, but was probably the most handy to film. Thorncrown Chapel (which is where I had guessed the Vulcan scenes were shot) was designated one of the best buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects.

I hope the filmakers for the sequel will consider using Arcosanti, AZ (by Paolo Soleri) or the City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain (by Santiago Calatrava). Both would make outstanding locations for the 23rd century!

30. DannydeK - June 2, 2009

Well, the NX01 is a great ship to my opinion, very realistic. If I see the Kelvin I can see it’s an evolution of the NX01-NX02 etc.
It looks very awesome and realistic as well. The new Enteprise is another big evolution of those ships. It’s ‘the’ switch from dark to light.

31. Geoffers - June 2, 2009

Personaly.. I think they got it totaly right with the look of the Kelvin, then the Enterprise.. when you look at the NX01 Enterprise, then the Kelvin, then the Enterprise.. it shows the kind of progression in design and tech, that makes it all hang together as “real”..

32. Felkin - June 2, 2009

In the second picture of the Narada, the Enterprise is visible in the “exhaust” of the ship. Was the Enterprise originally scripted as hiding from the Narada’s sensors in its wake (ala Voyager and the Hirogen in “Flesh and Blood”), rather than in Titan’s atmosphere as in the film? Looks that way to me…

33. Jim Nightshade - June 2, 2009

Well I think its kinda ironic that he is now working on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea since the Narada ship design immediately reminded me of a cross between the giant squid from that classic movie and the Nautilus submarine ship itself-that Disney movie from the 50s is such a classic with an awesome design and look that still holds up to any of todays movies–one of my faves! I cant believe they would be remaking it and the rock is gonna be Nemo? Sheesh! Doesn’t he seem to be more like the physical yet kinda simple minded heroic harpooner Ned Land? He was so outta place in the witch mt remake which except for a Whitely Strieber cameo, sucked! Five minutes of the original witch mt had more depth and suspense than the whole race to witch mt remake-the original had Ike Eisenman from WOK in it-has the word been given Admiral?

34. Jim Nightshade - June 2, 2009

Clyne is a great artist-I have to admit that the BK glasses are the best designed movie tie in glasses I have ever seen-now I know why!Both the glasses and the boxes they came in were so awesome that even though I am using the glasses I couldn’t throw the boxes away-they are just too cool! Thanx for the great designs Mr Clyne!

35. crazydaystrom - June 2, 2009

I’ve wanting an ‘Art of Star Trek ‘ book for a while. Now I’m salivating for it!

36. trekboi - June 2, 2009

pity they didnt stick to his vulcan designs- why was the sky changed- hoe did nero traveling back in time do this?
fashion and technology can be influenced and changed but a planets atmosphere?
Seasonal? – what a cop out.

I understand they might have wanted vulcan to appear cold dull and umwelcoming but they could have done that with the archetecture colour and lighting of the sets- and the intrusive flashes of red sky peeking in as a reminder of the human emotion barely contained in spock could have been wonderfully symbolic- these are the cannon violations that hurt the series- u can create an alternate time line and gift us with a clean slate for storytelling but u cant change everything- there has to be a line.

37. I am Kurok! - June 2, 2009

I can’t wait for the follow-up books, artwork, visual guides, etc. like the ones that are out for Star Wars and Watchmen.

DVD by Christmas????

38. SPOCKBOY - June 2, 2009

Beautiful work.
Remarkable talent.

39. Spock - June 2, 2009

Narada was a fine piece of work, bravo mister Clyne.

Church, however, should be posting apologies on his site. That Enterprise redesign has surely earned him a trial at the Hague.

40. Phil - June 2, 2009

39. I wasn’t a big fan of the Enterprise until I saw it on the big screen. Yes, elements still bother me, but my initial apprehension was quashed between seeing the first released stills and beholding it in motion. I think a lot of people feel the same way about it as I do, too.

41. Captain Otter - June 2, 2009

I think the Narada has a certain Farscape-esq vibe. I could see ol’
Scorpy chasing Moya in the Narada.

42. CAPT KRUNCH - June 2, 2009

The NX-01 and the TOS style starship debris above Vulcan is chilling…
the Vulcan vistas are beautiful..though I still am not buying a seasonal red sky…I’ve heard several scientists explain atmospheric blah blah blah…but I think that Vulcan is a mainstay and she should have been shown in her red splendor..though I guess that does not matter anymore..
As for the Big E re-design…didn’t care for it much at first, but those shots of her going to warp and above appearing above Saturn are so beautiful, that she definately grows on you fast….the engine room is still up for debate!!

43. Unbel1ever - June 2, 2009

I like his designs much more than those of Ryan Church. The Kelvin bridge looks way better, than the one of the Enterprise and all his other designs are much more fitting – with the exception of the Narada, which is just style over substance and doesn’t make any sense in any universe. As Scotty put it: “If there’s any sense to the design of the enemy ship, I’ll be putting you in the middle of the cargo bay.” – and we know where Kirk and Spock ended up.

I can live with Church’s Enterprise on screen, but I caught myself thinking several times: How much better would this look with a decent design. Especially, when we see her for the first time.

44. Digginjim - June 2, 2009

I agree with all the comments above re: the Kelvin bridge – why couldn’t the bridge of the enterprise look this good? Maybe next time…

45. D - June 2, 2009

“The NX-01 and the TOS style starship debris above Vulcan is chilling…”

Yeah, but more in line with what I was wanting…

They could have perhaps done it, the new “Enterprise” along side all of her TOS style companions…Sulu leaves the parking brake on, and the Enterprise arrives in the scene above…

Hidden message – “Nero just blew your precious canon all to Hades!”

46. Geoffers - June 2, 2009

End of the day.. design is subjective, for every person who likes a thing, there will be another who don’t.. for me I liked the Kelvin and the Ent.

It’s very easy for folks to bitch and moan on an Internet board, but the truth is, very few who do, actualy have diddly squat idea, as to how much work really goes into the “creative process”.. and to simply say “oh I don’t like it, this looks better”.. is rather an injustice to those who are creative and talented enough to bring this movie to life…

47. MC1 Doug - June 2, 2009

Wow! This is great stuff. Clyne’s work reminds me of Ralph McQuarries pre-production artwork for “Star Wars – A New Hope” and for “Star Trek Phase II (the 1970s).”

It’s great seeing the roots of the movie. Both his and Church’s work compliment each other nicely.

48. Jorg Sacul - June 2, 2009

“pour over the designs”…

No. It should be PORE over, as in examine on the skin pore level.

Great images, btw. Yes, we need a big book of this stuff!

49. Weerd1 - June 2, 2009

I hate to go all fanboy, but the Narada makes perfect sense even if you don’t include the Borg stuff from “Countdown.” Though I have to admit Countdown’s idea of Borg nanotech working without control for a while is a chilling concept (and adds to things like there being no safety considerations)…

However, even just looking at the film dialogue, the Narada is a mining ship. It’s got the drill for planets and moons when necessary, but I don’t think it’s a stretch that such a ship mined asteroids too. Hence all the spikes and tentacles. Depending on the size of the asteroid, the Narada could either anchor itself with the spikes, or pull a smaller chunk in toward the interior for easier mineral extraction. You don’t want to go back and forth to home port as much, so the ship is huge to allow for more mined cargo. Sometimes, the drill can’t be properly deployed against a rotating asteroid- so they carry a number of high yield explosive charges, primitively propelled with rockets instead of being a warp capable torpedo.

It’s the Romulans by the way- I doubt they have labor unions who strike due to worker safety concerns. If you don’t want to fall off the edge Mr. Romulan miner, don’t walk toward the side. When you do drop, we’re all going to laugh at your broken corpse. Or did it seem like when Nero, or even Kirk jumped, there was some kind of variable gravity thing going on? Perhaps you don’t need railings because the ship will catch you.

On a different note, I was quite displeased with the Church Enterprise when I first saw it… but seeing it in motion has really changed my tune. She’s not meant to stand still. She is meant to soar, never idle. How like an Enterprise…

50. Kirk's Girdle - June 2, 2009

He put an NX saucer section in the wreckage.

51. Dennis Bailey - June 2, 2009

I, too, vastly prefer the Kelvin bridge to the Enterprise bridge as realized in the movie.

52. Shunnabunich - June 2, 2009

@46: All that being said, it wouldn’t have killed Ryan Church to take his existing Enterprise design, which is beautiful in many ways, and give it proper proportions. (Not even talking about canon or whatever here…just aesthetics.)

53. Mike Ten - June 2, 2009

I like that Kelvin Bridge, the new Enterprise bridge is too bright. It’s like something you would see in TNG, I think they went alittle too advanced for the time period.

54. Gary the Gorn - June 2, 2009

Great job! Best designs in a Star Trek movie since Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I loved the Kelvin and the crew of the Kelvin. I’d love to see a weekly series with that crew and ship. That would be awesome!

55. Ultimate TOS Fan - June 2, 2009

“However, he says that Paramount actually had a ‘Star Trek expert’ on staff who would “pour over the designs to keep us in check.”

Apparently, the so-called “expert” wasn’t doing his job.

56. Daoud - June 2, 2009

The USS KELVIN was originally the USS IOWA? Had we heard that before? Funny if they’d left it that way, then Kirk’s line in STIV that he was “from Iowa” would have been right in either universe!

The Vulcan sky issue to me, a physicist, is silly. The atmosphere on Mars were it not for the dust storms would be a faint light blue. The dust being almost always in the sky causes it to be butterscotch. But at sunset, the blue comes out. So, Bob Orci’s comment about it being “seasonal” isn’t far-fetched. Maybe there’s 11 “months” of dust, and one wintery low-dust month that’s dust-free and hence a “blue moon”.

Then again, just assume that the Nero’s drilling platform burned all the dust down around ShiKahr and that’s why the sky is strangely blue. Just adds to the strange stares that Spock, Sarek, Amanda and others make.

On our Earth, red skies can foretell danger… but on Vulcan, blue skies foretell doom.

57. Daoud - June 2, 2009

Yes, I know Vulcan has no moon. Depends though on which version of TMP you watch. :p

58. Scott Gammans - June 2, 2009

^^^ Oh hush.

59. Scott Gammans - June 2, 2009

(that was aimed @ 55 btw)

60. Dr. Image - June 2, 2009

#55 Really. They NEEDED someone to do their homework for them. It doesn’t seem their “expert” did his job very well at all.

The ironic thing is, there are countless fans that would have been more than happy to do all the research that JJ and the writers wanted for FREE.
But no, they chose to re-invent the wheel with all the pitfalls- all the damage control they have to do.

That Kelvin bridge is awesome. Love his designs. Wonder what his take on the E would have been like?

61. Thom Osburn / Feed Your Head Music - June 2, 2009

that Clyne designed the BK cups certainly explains why they look so “integrated” with the film and not “outside” of it – they’re very impressive in person.

Clyne designed most of my favourite scenes in this film!!

62. Rastaman - June 2, 2009

I guess I didn’t notice it when I saw it in the theater, but that would have been a nice touch to make the sky red. Maybe the drill rig energy didn’t stand out as menacingly or something without the blue sky?

63. RD - June 2, 2009

The concept sketches of the Narada remind me much more of the Matrix Sentinels than the actual finished ship did. Especially the “Sketch noting the rear of the Narada”.


64. TonyD - June 2, 2009

What I personally love about James Clyne’s design for the Kelvin bridge is that it is so uncluttered; not too many stations and there’s room to move around. If I were to level one complaint at the USS Enterprise bridge from the new movie, it is that it appears cluttered at times, with too many stations and too many people in a relatively small space. Brighten Clyne’s bridge design up a bit, give it a smooth flooring surface and it would have been just perfect for the new Enterprise.

I really like Clyne’s design choices and would love to see his take on the Enterprise or some other Federation starship.

65. The Original Spock's Brain - June 2, 2009

Beautiful imagery!

66. Nelson - June 2, 2009

Great article! I’m a designer myself, so I always enjoy these kinds of articles.

An Art of Star Trek book is a must! I’d love to see this work published.

One thing I don’t understand, why is Ryan Church contractually obliged and can’t show more of his work on Star Trek, yet Clyne has shown so much of his work!

Its interesting how this new generation of designers, and I think they ought be called designers, are all trained with Painter and Photoshop tools, so they all have a similar digital style. Cool work!

67. Zaphod - June 2, 2009

I still hate the Narada.

68. Bob, The Evil Klingon Frontline Leader - June 2, 2009

23- Maybe the Romulans haven’t heard of OSHA?

69. I am Kurok! - June 2, 2009

I love the “grab-bars” over each bridge station on the Kelvin

70. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 2, 2009

27. Geoffers

Way to be constructive Geoffers!

I liked 25’s post. It added to the discussion here.

71. Jefferies Tuber - June 2, 2009

The Kelvin bridge is great, but I’ll go with JJ’s ‘visual metaphor for optimism’ line. I like the bright energetic bridge and especially love the corridors. In any event, many Trek books posit that the lights are on a day/night cycle, like the actual space station in orbit above Earth today.

After 23 years of making every franchise dark [ie, since BATMAN in 1986], seeing a dark bridge would have been a non-event, a yawner.

Going dark in production design is mainstream and will eventually be dated.

72. Aaron R. - June 2, 2009

25 and others stop your rantings you are only focusing on certain things… Tons of prime easter eggs were left intact… tons.

73. Jefferies Tuber - June 2, 2009

Has anyone on this board actually worked inside of a submarine? [I haven’t]

I’m curious if submarine bridges are anywhere near as dark as ‘Red October’ and ‘Crimson Tide’ suggest.

74. The Governator - June 2, 2009

71. Jefferies Tuber

I agree. I liked the Kelvin bridge a lot but I liked the Enterprise’s too. They were different and I think the “brightness” works well here. Makes you feel like you are watching something, well, bright instead of dark and depressing.

75. Captain "Northern" Pike - June 2, 2009

I have say these are impressive designs. Somewhere between the design and presentation on film things have become less great.

Isn’t there a shot in the movie, when the Enterprise arrives at Vulcan, of the Enterprise in the foreground and a primary hull/saucer about 5 time bigger in the background? What ginormous ship did that come from?

The whole middle act with Kirk running from the monster up to the confrontation over Earth just irks the hell out of me. Why the monster? How can Spock see Vulcan? Where is Delta Vega – the Vulcan system or Laurentian system or someplace else completely? Where is the Enterprise – didn’t Spock order them to leave Vulcan? Scotty can beam them on board at warp from another star system – WTF? The Enterprise engineering deck looks like a brewery? A Brewery? Scotty gets stuck in the brewery pipes – insert laugh track – oh that wacky Scotty.

This is probably too negative and I suppose Anthony will be tempted to moderate it. But I had to let it out. Despite the glowing reviews not everybody likes this movie. I think James Clyne is obviously very talented. I don’t hate any one design choice or performance, but the movie feels less like a love-letter to TOS and more like thumbing of the nose to old school fans.

76. British Naval Dude - June 2, 2009

A sad and lonely scavenger
Thought he had a meal won over
Swooped on down ta’ take a peck
But it wuz’ just BND hungover

sad, blue buzzards…

Sorry thar’…

I mean blue “bussards”… all technical-like…

Tha’ buzzard gnawed him anyway
And shot his beak in wit’ bravada
But it bounced off just as soon as it hit
BND’s skirt shaped like tha’ Narada

Wakin’ from his dizzy state
BND picked up his BK glass
Took one last swig then noticed that
He had chipped off Chris Pine’s arse

Stumbled aboot ta’ find hisself
On a dark and metal starship main
Red lights flashed and he fell on oot’
Tumbling down tha’ Rommie space-drill chain

As he fell with buzzzard behind
BND’s yells reached tha’ Narada:
“This ain’t tha’ Starry Trek Experience I want
I’d rather be in Nevada.”


77. British Naval Dude - June 2, 2009

Oh, I kidz cuz I loves…

Film looked bonny as hell…


78. Kahless - June 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Zachary Quinto!

79. Jeffrey V - June 2, 2009

75 & 25:

Although I agree with you on the issue of the engineering deck, I in no way think that this movie was a “thumbing of the nose to old school fans.” I am one of those old school fans and I don’t understand all the frackin’ whining about old school canon. We got a new movie, an exciting movie that Leonard Nimoy endorsed by taking part in the film, something he would not do when offered a role in “Generations”. This is an alternate time line, with a new creative team at the helm. It’s a fresh artistic look, that frankly Star Trek needed if it wants to stay around.

The Star Trek franchise was dying a slow death after “First Contact”. DS9, Voyager, Enterprise and the films that followed were weak attempts to keep the fans appeased and still make money for the companies that were milking the memories of the Star Trek, we all knew and loved.

Star Trek, was and is a brand. An Identity that we all are apart of. But the brand was weakened by too much Trek. Enterprise was the weakest attempt to correct that, but where that failed the film by JJ Abrams stands strong. You want proof, look at the reviews, look at the box office take.

Go see the movie again, you will see plenty of subtle nods to the old school.

80. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 2, 2009

Gorgeous work, saw this a week ago over at the Legendary Vic’s site Screenrant.

Now we need Enterprise Concept art

81. Blowback - June 2, 2009


Well said Jeffrey… From one old school fan to another I could not agree more…

82. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - June 2, 2009

#64 – What are you talking about? Mr. Clyne went WAAAY overboard in making the Kelvin bridge cluttered, so as to make it more “realistic” or whatever. As a result, it’s not recognizable as a Starfleet bridge from ANY era – it looks like a Klingon warship command center.

The Kelvin Bridge should have looked more like this picture I found: http://www.webolutionary.com/3d/images/bridge_goddard-8.jpg

It’s recognizably TOS, but more “realistic-ified” without going overboard.

83. Admiral Crane - June 2, 2009

To all the haters — do you really think that JJ Abrams took on this project and invested this much time in it, and that Paramount invested this much money in it, just to offend each of you individually?

Get over yourselves.

On another note, I’m glad they didn’t stick with the name “Iowa” for the Kelvin. My grandfather served on the USS Iowa in WWII, I would not have enjoyed seeing the Iowa destroyed in the first five minutes of the movie.

84. David_Alexander - June 2, 2009

@ 21. SChaos1701 – June 2, 2009

“I still want to know what the woman was yelling when she was being sucked out of the Kelvin.”

Zeppelin RULESSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………

85. Dr. Image - June 2, 2009

There was a digital rendering/photo of the new E bridge in the latest Star Trek magazine WITHOUT all the barcode readers.
Did anyone see it?
It looks much better that way. (But not as cool as the Kelvin’s.)

I’d love to know what posessed them to garbage-up the bridge with those stupid things, not to mention the flourescent “desk lamps.’

86. Closettrekker - June 2, 2009

#82—-It felt like a mixture of TOS and the movie era to me.

That picture you found is pretty impressive amateur work, but the consoles look a bit dated for 23rd Century tech by today’s standards. I think that’s holding on to some of the weaker elements of the TOS bridge look.

In contrast, I felt like the Kelvin bridge tossed aside what looked dated, and kept the very basic layout approach. And I feel like the Enterprise bridge successfully depicted a quarter century of advancement from that.

I’m glad they limited the “retro” look to the uniforms.

87. Author of "The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers" - June 2, 2009



I’m an old-schooler myself, grew up with classic Trek (much to the chagrin of my father, who hated it, but he’s pretty much a knucklehead….but I digress)…stood in line to see ST:TMP in 79….know waaaay too much “canon” minutiae myself….but even with all that, I LOVED the new Trek movie. Sure, sure, I have my own share of little nitpicks, but they’re all in a good spirit, nothing to “run down” what’s been done.

Paramount has given Trek the royal treatment, and it has paid off with the potential for a brand new slate of adventures…and, ugly engineering deck notwithstanding (grin), it is *great* to see the Enterprise on the screen again!!!

88. Jeffrey V - June 2, 2009

81 & 87:

Thanks. I am glad to see more fans embrace this new world. I am most excited because of the clean slate. I mean the moment they did not travel back in time to stop the Kelvin from being destroyed and later Vulcan to restore the time line… I haven’t been this excited about Trek since “First Contact”. To quote Spock “There are always possibilities”… now lets sit back and see where JJ takes us.

On another note I would love to see JJ take his creative team from “Lost” and become a producer for a weekly trek series sometime down the road.

89. Enc - June 2, 2009

i agree w/ 25 as a fan reaction.
its something a fan could interpret from such imagery. But not what JJ had in mind. HOWEVER @ $150 mil youd think the one would try to avoid that (and hopefuly regardless of the films price).
But the debris pic was just a scetch. its image made it to film but the ship designs changed (i didnd like some of those but thats another toipic).

no I dont.
BUT there a majoirty of fans who generaly have the same expectations for these topics (prior to film) and the minority who have other ideas. Recognising that is regardless of what side one takes is important. The so called haters thought they were with the majority. and feal bertrayed that JJ wouldnt recognise them. That maybe JJ thought the minorty was the majority view. and his nod to TOS in his this update for a new audiance ‘real’ look would be admired by (all) fans.

90. I am not Herbert - June 2, 2009

WOW!!! Really, just BEAUTIFUL designs all, Mr. Clyne!!

The Kelvin bridge designs are EXCELLENT!!!

91. SChaos1701 - June 2, 2009


That is most definitely not the look they should have had for the Kelvin. It looks like a rip off of an Earth Alliance ship from Babylon 5.

92. I am not Herbert - June 2, 2009


…in the “prime” universe!

93. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 2, 2009

75. Captain “Northern” Pike

Those are all questions that have been answered already here after the movie.

By the way I am a TOS hardcore fan and this movie continues to grow on me. Give it time, lad. They will fix the aesthic problems in the next one, I am sure. Hopefully, there will not be any “new” items to pick about next time.

KUDOS ST09 CREW!!!! A job (obviously) well done!

94. Enc - June 2, 2009

-Those are all questions that have been answered already here after the movie.-

Thats not how the film was viewed. Like you said the answers came AFTER the films release.
And the people (haters) who have problems ask then why cant that have been in the film in the first place. It was great to hear bob/alex have the ansers right away. But why didnt we see it that way in the film?

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96. Captain "Northern" Pike - June 2, 2009

I’ve read the “answers”. What it comes down to is the writers/producers/director made the film the way they wanted to make. That’s their answer. It will be successful and make lots of money. But I’m entitled to my opinion; an opinion formed by 37 years of observing Trek and 3 years following the movie’s production daily right here at trekmovie.com.

I think the film is influenced too much by cliches of the modern hollywood action movie, JJ Abram and co.’s previous works, and Star Wars. The middle act with the ice monster and “funny” bits* as Kirk is chased around, is trying too hard to be the equally silly middle act of A New Hope with the garbage monster and the “funny” bits** as Luke is chased around the Death Star.

Don’t label me a “hater”. I don’t tell people I hate it and not to see the movie. I actually found many of the scenes of young Spock quite moving. And seeing Leonard Nimoy again as Spock Prime was special. But that was not enough for me to forgive the film’s other weaknesses.

* Especially inappropriate after the destruction of Vulcan.
** That were inappropriate after the destruction of Alderaan.

97. CarlG - June 2, 2009

@ 21. SChaos1701 – June 2, 2009

“I still want to know what the woman was yelling when she was being sucked out of the Kelvin.”

“Gazpacho SOOOOUUUP!!!” (don’t ask. ;))

Concept art… too… much pretty…to handle…

The “starship graveyard” painting is haunting, the Kelvin and Narada bridges rock my socks, and Vulcan is gorgeous (if a bit smoggy-looking. More Mars-like pinkish/red hue to the sky, maybe?).

That second painting is my favourite, with the Narada hanging over Earth in a cloud of evil green-grey smoke; beautiful and terrifying at the same time.

I’m going out now, to buy a coffee table. when I come back, there had better be a coffee table book published with these pictures in it, understand? ;)

98. 24th Century Rockstar - June 2, 2009

#2 & #5 – I agree, the Kelvin scenes left me breathless. I LOVED all of the original series influenced set designs and props – especially the original series shuttles and communicators used during the George Kirk era.

I never did buy into the argument that heavily TOS-influenced set design would look ‘ridiculous and dated’ on the big screen for a second. Now I’m not knocking the movie, but I did find myself curiously wishing I could have seen the Pine\Quinto\Urban gang adventuring around in something a little more recognizably Star Trek (ie the USS Kelvin) than the IKEAprise.

I’m in love with the colors Clyne used in those concept pieces too – wonder what a Clyne-Enterprise would have looked like.

– 24th CRS

99. CYERSPOCK - June 2, 2009

LOVE the destroyed NX class star ship there!

100. Weerd1 - June 2, 2009

“Gazpacho SOOOOUUUP!!!”

Nice. :)

101. Buzz Cagney - June 2, 2009

That is a very talented artist!
And c’mon people, when you post ‘cool’ in #1 what you are really saying is ‘first’. Get over it. Say something worthwhile and be second!

102. SChaos1701 - June 2, 2009


It would have been awesome to have the Red Dwarf cast involved in the movie. It would have been a great series of cameos.

103. Astrophysicophile - June 3, 2009

“Clyne tells TrekMovie that it was originally planned for Vulcan to have a heavier atmosphere…”

However, according TOS: “Amok Time”, Vulcan is too hot and thin for humans.

104. Daoud - June 3, 2009

I think that since we had no Federation bridge since the Earth NX-01 in 2151, and nothing before the unaltered Enterprise in the Cage year circa 2254, that any design for a Kelvin that’s in 2233 is terra incognita.

105. Dennis Bailey - June 3, 2009

#22, #82: “The Kelvin Bridge could have looked more like this: http://www.webolutionary.com/3d/images/bridge_goddard-8.jpg


Generally I like Sean’s work – you can find more of it at the SciFi Meshes website I believe – but I’ll pass on this one as a movie design, thanks very much.

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107. scifiguy67 - June 3, 2009

got a joke!………….what do you get when you mix….2 snow cones….2 ice pop sticks….a half squeezed tube of toothpaste…& a dinner plate..? THE NEW U.S.S. ENTERPRISE!!!

108. Stewart - June 3, 2009

Please,please when the DVD comes out, can we have concept art ,some 3D models of all the ships and plently of pictures of the ships, the Bridges, shuttles etc on the extra Disc, Thanks for making Star Trek Amazing again.

109. Olley Olley Olley - June 4, 2009

nice visuals, did they run out of imagination when it can to designing the Enterprise engine room?

“OK guys! tommorrows shoot is scheduled for the the studio boiler house, cya nice and early” JJ

110. It’s James Clyne!! concept art at it’s finest « Eavesdropping with Johnny - June 4, 2009

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111. paul - June 5, 2009

ok they bought back star trek now contiunue the tng films
Picard is number one still

112. Victor Hugo - June 5, 2009


Still, the Narada looks like a Vorlon ship from Babylon 5.

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