There has been a lot of buzz about the possibility of Klingons appearing in the next Star Trek movie. If they do then Star Trek creature designer Neville Page would likely be involved in bringing them into the new movie universe. Last week Page talked a bit about the prospect, excerpts below.
Neville Page on Klingons and ridged foreheads
For the Star Trek movie, Neville Page was involved in creating many of the creatures in the film, including the ‘Big Red’ monster on the ice planet. At an event promoting the collector’s edition Blu-ray release of Avatar, Page was asked what he would change and he seems inclined to keep those ridged foreheads, telling IGN:
…my approach would be to try and come up with something that’s a unique look but is still a Klingon obviously. Because I think if I did them really tall like say 9′ and instead of brown made them blue, I might get into a little trouble! But I would try think about them as real deal people — and I know other designers have — but really give them a history and a motivation. Understand why they’re dressed the way they are. Understand their rationale for long hair and facial hair. Make sense of those physical features which they typically have, which are the ridged foreheads
Klingon created for "Star Trek" (seen only in deleted scenes) implies there are ridges under those helmets
Page also discussed the notion of how Klingons have been seen with and without ridges:
It’s almost like treating as if I were a Klingon designing the human race. How would I go about it? And then I think about it from the perspective of an alien looking at human beings: some are lighter in skin color and some are darker. But you would go, those people with their eyes with that flap of skin there and then those people who are really tall and sinewy. But there are different physiological ticks even in the Klingon world. Maybe they are all brown, but the ridges are the African ones, the fewer ridges are the Asian ones. I don’t know, but I always feel the necessity to justify and rationalize even if I can’t actually. It just gives me something to work from
Page’s comments are similar to what Oscar-winning make-up designer Barney Burman told TrekMovie over the summer, noting that he would look foreword to taking on the Klingons, but that he also sees that aliens do not all have to look alike.
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