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Exclusive: Preview of ‘Star Trek: The Art of The Film’ [UPDATED] November 9, 2009

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

Next week, timed for the same day as Star Trek on home video, is the release of  "Star Trek: The Art of the Film", a coffee table book full of photos and sketches from the artists who worked on the new Star Trek movie. Today TrekMovie has an exclusive peek at a couple pages from the "Aliens" chapter, check it out below. [UPDATED: Links to more preview images]


Preview: Star Trek: The Art of the Film
The hardcover "Star Trek: The Art of the Film" book comes out on November 17th and is chock full of artwork from all aspects of the new Star Trek movie, from sets, ships, costumes, and even make-up. The book is written by veteran art book wrtier Mark Cotta Vas and has a forward by director JJ Abrams.

Star Trek art book

Today TrekMovie has an exclusive look at just a tiny sample of the type of artwork you will see in the book. Titan Books has given us a two page spread of alien designs by Neville Page, plus some close-ups on some of the alien sketches.

2-page spread from book



"Star Trek: The Art of the Movie" is released next Wednesday, November 17th. You can preorder "Star Trek: The Art of the Film" at Amazon.com now.  TrekMovie will have an early review.

UPDATE: More previews
Titan has provided preview images to a number of other sites, here is the full list.

io9 also has a preview of the book, with some alternate interiors and more. Check it out.

MTV also has a preview of some of the monster sketches. Check it out.

Wired has a look at some sketches of The Enterprise and Klingon ships. Check it out.


AICN has some artwork from Rura Penthe and posters. Check it out.

SciFiWire has a look at Romulan interior artwork. Check it out.

IGN has some Narada artwork. Check it out.


Images from Star Trek: The Art of the Film. Out November 17th from Titan Books

Copyright line: ‘STAR TREK: THE ART OF THE FILM. © 2009 Paramount Pictures Corporation. ® and © 2009 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. Titan authorized user. All Rights Reserved.’


1. LOO-SER! - November 9, 2009

This looks awesome!

Hey, that last fishy alien looks like Flotter from that Voyager episode with Niomi Wildman :)

2. deekay - November 9, 2009

love that aqua-men looking thing :)

3. Sean4000 - November 9, 2009


4. Harry Seldom - November 9, 2009

The guy with the eye-flaps looks a bit Talaxian.

5. Will_H - November 9, 2009

Some of those aliens look more like they belong in star wars, but its still a cool change from the norm.

6. Jordan - November 9, 2009

Is that the salt vampire from the TOS episode the first mask in the second photo?

7. Captain Jack Bauer - November 9, 2009

Minor typo: November 17th is a Tuesday, Wednesday is the 18th.

8. THX-1138 - November 9, 2009

Saw some other shots from the book elsewhere. It all looks good. Me likey. Me wanty.

9. Shadowcat - November 9, 2009

I just pre-ordered my copy from Amazon. These drawings are amazing!

10. Neil - November 9, 2009

Seems the book is already out over here in the UK. :D

11. Daniel Broadway - November 9, 2009

Neat, but I was hoping for stuff more related to ships and sets. Oh well, I can wait until the book comes out. :)

12. Devi - November 9, 2009

Looove concept art! Can’t wait to grab this!

13. matcier - November 9, 2009

Dont like any of the aliens its all bin done before

14. Losira - November 9, 2009

Great book love the photos concepts I see a lot of art drawings by fans and filmakres. It would be great to have them all together in one place! I’m. Calling amazon now!

15. Ran - November 9, 2009

I wish they had spent more money on the script instead of all these aliens.

16. MDSHiPMN - November 9, 2009

This is my kind of book! I could read any book about the inner workings of Star Trek.

I’d like to see more action shots of the Enterprise in the next movie.

17. Ship Hunter - November 9, 2009

I already have this book since end of october. It is already released in the UK.

18. GARY - November 9, 2009

Ah… the enterpriseeee

19. Lt. Bailey - November 9, 2009

Nice art work from Star Wars….

I guess the idea of aliens is universal.

20. 1701 over Gotham City - November 9, 2009

Love the diversity away from bumpy foreheadof the week… but I would like to see some of the traditional “strange” aliens… Gorn, Salt Vampire, Horta, etc.

21. Kirk, James T. - November 9, 2009

I got this about a month ago – really stunning book, love the art for this film – everyone seems on top of their game.

22. mike - November 9, 2009

8 more days to bluray release. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

23. No Khan - November 9, 2009

I ordered my copy last week.

24. The Bear - November 9, 2009

I see that Rygel and D’Argo from Farscape made it to the Trek multiverse…

25. Bill Hunt - November 9, 2009

Awesome. Here’s what I want from this book – more shots the the uniform badges and especially images of all the other starship designs in the film – the other ones seen in Spacedock as they leave for Vulcan.

26. The Invader (In Color!) - November 9, 2009

“Sixer” is COOL!!!! Now, THAT’s the kind of aliens i’d like to more of in Trek!
The green headed alien looks cool too!

27. CarlG - November 9, 2009

Rubber foreheads? We don’t need no stinkin’ rubber foreheads!

Those aliens look amazing! I really hope more of them show up — prominently –in the sequel.

The klingon ships at the Wired link looks awesome, too.
This book is a thing I must have.

28. CarlG - November 9, 2009

The center alien in the colored panels looks like Pan’s Labyrinth a bit…

29. pock speared - November 9, 2009

for the critics of the ice monster (being “so-not-trek”)

“When Abrams requested a monstrous, red-skinned behemoth with a “disgusting mouth,” creature creator Neville Page took inspiration from a medical condition known as “rectal prolapse” and came up with his version of the Hengrauggi. The beast, aka Big Red, menaced Kirk (played by Chris Pine) on Delta Vega.”

check the beast: its TAS. nice recon, jj.

btw: “prolapse” is an excellent scottish band, or was.

30. Dr. Image - November 9, 2009

MUST have book!!
That poster remains my all-time favorite.

31. Demode - November 9, 2009

The Salt Vampire was suppose to be the last of her kind in the old TOS episoide. I doubt we would see one appear in a Trek movie.

32. Dennis Bailey - November 9, 2009

Well, the movie takes place a few years before “The Man Trap.” So…

Anyway, it’s past time for some “not so Trek” aliens in Star Trek.

33. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - November 9, 2009

Aa, I still think the new nacelles are too close together. The TMP Enterprise in the drawings above is hard to improve upon. Even with the red markings, she shines through.

The Enterprise never looked better than in TMP. Dykstra and Trumbull were the only ones who ever lit the ship properly. They made the common sense observation that, in the infinite blackness of space, there would be no light source to illuminate the Enterprise, so she would have to have her own lights. That she would look like an ocean liner at sea at night. Just so.

34. Trekluver - November 9, 2009

Cool stuff! Can’t believe they didn’t do some Borg concept art just for fun! (even though it wouldn’t make the cut!)

35. CarlG - November 9, 2009

@34: Maybe there’s some concept art for the Narada. One lives in hope…

36. Bill Peters - November 9, 2009

Was the guy siting in between Uhura and Kirk in the bar supposed to Remind you of Morn because He did too me?

37. JohnWA - November 10, 2009

The Motionless Picture suffered from too much love for the Enterprise though. The beauty shots of it flying in space took forever. I wonder sometimes if they didn’t have a script that looked like this:


The Enterprise approaches V’Ger.

And approaches.

And approaches.

And approaches.


38. MC1 Doug - November 10, 2009

Did any of these aliens (other than the predator on Delta Vega) even show up in the film?

39. Robert - November 10, 2009

Thanks to the publisher, we’re giving away two copies of this book next week, one with a Blu-ray copy of the film. We’ll be running the giveaway through Twitter.

40. Spectre_7 - November 10, 2009

@ 38

Seriously! The only prominent alien we saw was scotty’s little pet goblin.

all that art work for nothing or background appearances so minor that nobody can notice

41. RichyG - November 10, 2009

I live in the UK and i was lucky enough to pick this up 3 weeks ago at Forbidden Planet. Well worth the money and higly recommended. Also look at the notes on the back page. It clears up once and for all how big the new Enterprise is :-)

42. Harry Doddema - November 10, 2009

Want! Now! *goes to Amazon*

43. Dom - November 10, 2009

40. Spectre_7

I love that goblin! Long may it stay on the Enterprise!

44. Jim Nightshade - November 10, 2009

ohno Richyg! Do you mean that there would be no more discussing over how big the jjprise is? What we do with all the empty space and extra time here if that happened? Move on to another controversial topic maybe, like what was the combination to Captain Kirks safe in his crew quarters in tos episode 57?haha?

45. Paul-Fitz - November 10, 2009

I’d love to see some artwork regarding the other federation ships in the film. The Farragut, Vader etc. For me it was a big thrill to see some different ship classes in the movie, I am just hoping that we can see a few more in the next film. . . . Also fish-alien thingy looks cool.

46. Daniel Knight - November 10, 2009

Living in the UK. I got this book a couple of weeks ago. It’s a great collectors item.

47. joe - November 10, 2009

shouldn’t the title read Star Trek: The Fart of a Film?
Oh well…………….

48. Lore - November 10, 2009

#36 I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that. All they needed was a Federation Information Delivery Man who had an opinion about everything sitting next to him.

49. Dr. Image - November 10, 2009

Finally we’ve moved beyond bumpy-headed alien designs. It’s about time!

50. Daoud - November 10, 2009

@49 TOS didn’t go with that crap either. What the hell weren’t they using Andorians, Tellarites, Little Copper Dudes, Klingons, Gorn, Tholians, Dr. Sevrin’s people, nearly-naked-women with impossibly-constructed Theiss-inspired clothing, Orion women, and other perfection non bumpy-headed alien designs that actually belong in Star Trek.

This stuff is, I’m sorry, shit that looks like Star Wars.

51. Ralph F - November 10, 2009

You know what kills the new E for me? The nacelle pylons. I can live with the forward jut of the engineering hull and deflector, but those pylons are just weird.

52. Daoud - November 10, 2009

“other perfectly non bumpy-headed…”

53. Trekboi - November 10, 2009

there were aliens in the movie? lol
im glad they didnt over do it like star wars- u cant relate to it it’s like watching the muppets…

54. David - November 10, 2009

these aliens remind me of something out of a men in black movie.

55. Stef* - November 10, 2009

I really don’t understand the intentions of these late release dates in US anymore. It’s already out in Europe since more than a week, as is the DVD. I already have my wonderful model on my DVD shelf and am fascinated by this book – since when we Europeans are so early?

Not, that I’m whining about it, but it’s a very mystical time.

It’s a wonderful book and I wished, they would bring some of these Vulcan concepts in flashbacks next movie.

56. cd - November 10, 2009

5 – The aliens look like Star Wars? Similarities to Star Wars? In this movie? Shocking!

57. Daoud - November 10, 2009

@55 Well, you’re always “hours” ahead. ;) It’s the time zones.

@56 Indeed, didn’t we enjoy the USS Entermillenium Falcon?

58. 1701 over Gotham City - November 10, 2009

I don’t mind new aliens AT ALL… but lets not forget our standards that have proven tried and true…Andorians, Tellarites (our other main Federation members), and the like… I’d love to see a modern, but easily recognizable Gorn.

And as for the Salt Vampire being the last of her kind… the new timeline sticks to nothing else, why should it to that? and besides, that is assuming none had ever been taken off planet.

59. Star Trek: The Art of the Film « - November 10, 2009

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60. Trekenstein - November 10, 2009

#55. “since when we Europeans are so early?”

My guess is the Europeans didn’t turn out for the box office, so the early release date helps push sales in the EU by spreading spread word of mouth in time for the holidays. There is little or no anticipation or hype because the movie failed to gain wide exposure internationally.

Americans are great procrastinators, so the later Paramount waits the more anticipation will build (because it did so well here), the bigger the release, and the more likely it will still be on people’s minds come December.

61. Bill Lutz - November 10, 2009

Can anyone say:
The art of Star WArs…..

62. ole - November 10, 2009

Can anyone say total horse poop. Thats right, I am sick of this crap hailed as the next coming of Jesus. This is NOT star trek people, rise up against the tides of change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

63. Chris Pike - November 10, 2009

Yes, some of this design philosophy is starting to veer off from being Trek too much for me, as other comments have said. They are still good sci-fi designs, but getting too generic “MIB” “SW” etc etc. And the E redesign intentions just didn’t mesh properly somehow. Hope maybe some of this can be pulled back to classic distinctive Theiss/MJ etc Trek look for next time. The rest is great in terms of characters and casting, backstory, the uniforms, sound design, pace, emotion and fun, just the prod/art design part that’s lagging behind the rest of the film for me.

64. nuSpock - November 10, 2009


65. AJ - November 10, 2009

It’s interesting to see where the team took a franchise whose designs are so iconic, they really couldn’t do much with them.

The E and the Klingon Battle Cruiser are incredibly cool, and I’ll agree with some here, reached their peak of beauty in TMP.

While JJ did have some generic aliens made up, he left the Vulcans, Romulans, Orions, and perhaps the Klingons, alone, thank God.

I’m still in awe that “Big Red” is said casually to have been modelled after a distended rectum. Nice touch.

66. Captain Dingleberry the Unavoidable One! - November 10, 2009

“I’m still in awe that “Big Red” is said casually to have been modelled after a distended rectum. Nice touch.”

I rectum so…

67. The Invader (In Color!) - November 10, 2009

That first alien in the closeups looks like Al Franken…LMAO!!!

68. sean - November 10, 2009

These conceptual sketches are not that far off from things that John Eaves, Rick Sternbach and others have contributed to Trek in the past. They’re called ‘conceptual art’ for a reason, folks. Take a gander at Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series by the Reeves-Stevens, and you’ll see very similar ideas. Mike Minor, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert…these guys all went through some crazy concept art before the designs were actually built.

69. CarlG - November 10, 2009

@50: The Gorn in “Arena” looked farcical, they had a green girl in the movie, the Tholians were a matte painting, and the rest were people with little to no makeup applied cause they didn’t have the budget to make beliveable-looking aliens in TOS.
Your logic is flawed, to put it mildly. The technology of moviemaking has progressed. Deal with it.

@62: Can anyone say, “LOL melodrama”? You certainly can.

@66: I have the strangest feeling that “Big Red” will be the butt of many jokes in the near future…

70. Barking Alien - November 10, 2009

I’m in agreement with a lot of the others here when I say…
Were any of those aliens EVEN IN the movie?

I can’t wait to see the interior set designs so I know exactly who to blame for the Warp Brewery.

71. Uli - November 11, 2009

achtung ICA bots verbreiten als angebliche internet_chat_helper komsiche nachrichten irc netzen ein kick reicht nicht aus ban

72. Paulaner - November 11, 2009

Aliens are aliens, to me. The more they are strange and weird, the more they give me the idea of “strange new worlds”. I refuse to categorize them as “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” aliens.

73. OLLEY OLLEY OLEY - November 11, 2009

that lion looking blonde colour alien……………………….
is that a KLINGON without the helmet???

74. Rastaman - November 11, 2009

This book looks absolutely fantastic. I love the art of the film stuff. Give you a much better idea of what could have been. It’s surprising how most of these aliens really did not seem apparent in the final cut of the film.

As for them not looking like Star Trek aliens, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Are we really supposed to limit the world of alien creatures in Star Trek to humans with nose ridges, pointed ears, or colored skin. The only reason Star Trek has not featured exotic aliens in the past is budget. Star Trek’s art directors have come up with fantastic aliens before that never saw the light of day because Star Trek has never had the budget it now does.

Hopefully, Paramount will continue to give JJ and company the means $$$ to demonstrate the limitless possibility and diversity of Trek’s alien universe.

75. 16309A - November 11, 2009

I agree with some of what is said above, the aliens look great–for Star Wars. Definatly not from the Star Trek Universe.

76. frederick von fronkensteen - November 11, 2009

More like “Men In Black” aliens.

77. Ryan - November 11, 2009

apparently a lot of people know exactly what aliens look like

78. Hat Rick - November 11, 2009

Time to do a new blueprints-style book on the nuEnterprise. :-)

79. Boris - November 11, 2009

I ordered the book from the UK. It contains interesting images and information, but it’s somewhat thin and lacking in text. It would’ve been better if they had included the original screenplay as well.

80. CarlG - November 11, 2009

@72, 74: Hear, hear!

@78: Wasn’t there notions about an Enterprise manual floating around a while ago? What happened to that?

81. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - November 11, 2009


Rectum? Damned near killed him!

82. Captain Dingleberry the Great! - November 11, 2009

81 — HAHAHAHA!!!

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