Earlier this week we reported on the first part of an in-depth report on the make-up for the new Star Trek movie. Now the final two parts are online, giving away more secrets of creating the aliens and make-up effects from the Romulans, Klingons and more. Excerpts and photos below.
Vulcans and Romulans
Part 2 of SciFi Now’s look at the Star Trek make-up has an interview with Joel Harlow, who worked with Barney Burman creating the make-up effects for the film. Harlow’s team did much of the work on the Vulcans and Romulans from the movie. Discussing the Romulans, Joel states:
With the Romulans, J.J. wanted to see something completely different. They still resemble Vulcans in that they have pointed ears and pointed eyebrows, but we went through something like six different full make-up tests specifically for the character of Nero [Eric Bana] and ultimately designing what the Romulan aesthetic would look like. At that point, it was myself, Neville Page who was the creature designer and to a lesser extent, [make-up department head] Mindy Hall coming in and throwing out ideas and coming up with ideas for what the Romulans would look like.
Harlow transforming Eric Bana into the Romulan Nero
And for the third and final part of the series, both Harlow and Burman talk about developing the Klingons, which ended up being cut from the final movie. The Klingons from the Rura Penthe scenes all wore helmets that only showed their mouths and eyes, so the team only developed those parts of the Klingon face, but Harlow notes that they had forehead ridges in mind:
What was neat was the helmets were designed with that very familiar Klingon forehead ingrained in them, and then you would see the skin area around the eyes, which would sell the fact that they were Klingons.
Harlow works on a Klingon
Go to SFN to see the full series on the makeup of Star Trek including many more photos, including tests: