props from Broken Bow, The Enterprise Pilot

Howdy to everyone and just got back into town from a long 4th of July weekend!!!  Lots to share about the trip, but no time today!!!  Lots on my desk to get to, so here is a filler until I can decently give credit to the awesome weekend and all that the Make a Wish Foundation did for Carlene!!!!!  With that, here are some prop concepts from the first epeisode (pilot) of ST Enterprise.  Herman Zimmerman, our Production Designer on the show, had brought together the crew from DS9 to work on the new series.  In addition, he brought on Louise Dorton from Voyager and an old Trek alumni, Jim Martin…Jim started his movie and TV Career in this very office, and it was great to have him back.  Jim started as a prop designer on DS9 working for the legendary Joe Longo.  After the 3rd season ended, Jim packed up and moved from TV to movies, with his first job being on Starship Troopers.  Herman called me, and I followed in Jim’s footsteps to finish out the series of DS9 that ended in 1999.  Herman hired Jim on to do the prop work, and the approval process was equally as difficult in this arena to get things through so they could be built…at one time Herman asked us both to work on the same things so as to add diversity to the designs and add more choices to the mix for Mr. Berman and Mr. Bragga to look at.  It is always kind of awkward to have two people in the same room doing the same thing, and in any other scenario, it would have been difficult.  But what’s fun and unique about Star Trek is the family bond we all have, and there is a respect for each other’s talents.  What is asked of you is to help get the show moving, as opposed to creating a competition amongst the crew.  Jim’s work is always incredible, and in the final show, it was all his talent that made it to the screen.  I so loved his phaser designs, as well as all the work he did with the reworking of the communicator and translator props.  I don’t have Jim’s art with me to post today but I will have a special Jim Martin week soon to display some of his finest creations!!!  Today, all I have are the alternate designs that Herman asked for oh so many years ago!!!  Hope you enjoy the sketches and had a great 4th of July weekend!!  Have a good rest of the week.



Klingon Knife concept

Klingon Knife concept

two part phaser idea

two part phaser idea


single piece phaser rough

single piece phaser rough

the little zero G generating device

the little zero G generating device

rough for the remote controlled flying toy

rough for the remote controlled flying toy


a little more detailed idea for the flying RC toy

a little more detailed idea for the flying RC toy

42 Responses to “props from Broken Bow, The Enterprise Pilot”

  1. 1 evil_genius_180
    July 7, 2009 at 8:49 am

    That’s some cool stuff. I like the two-part phaser, that’s a cool homage to TOS. The single piece one is cool too, it looks more gun-ish, which is appropriate given the timeframe.

    I’m looking forward to Jim Martin week. He’s another great artist. 🙂

  2. 3 Richard Knapp
    July 7, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hi John – sounds like you had a great holiday. Hope you got some good family time and a chance to recharge the batteries. Thanks for posting these pictures. I really like the first phaser design – looks like it would fit right in line with the original series.

  3. July 7, 2009 at 10:00 am

    OH WOW I love that first Phaser design much more than the one used for the show which is cool too this is just a little more sleek!

    Maya Animator

  4. 5 Tom Pohl
    July 7, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I love the last ship design! It reminds me of the Warp-Delta ship that first appeared in “ENT:Twilight”.

  5. 6 JNG
    July 7, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I like that Klingon knife. Wonder what it says on the blade. Someone’s name, maybe?

  6. 7 DeanneM
    July 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Nice look at some, unfortunately unused, fruits of your labor. Liking the simple yet very Klingon knife and the single piece phaser! Those look to me like they could be from a slightly future cowboys and Indians western type show…perfect for ENT, IMO.

    What we got worked quite well, and I’m sure it was odd knowing Jim was working on that stuff, too…did you guys sneak peeks to see what the other was conjuring up?

    Oh, I also really like the rough of the toy. If I had one, my neighbors would think we were being invaded my tiny aliens! HA

  7. 9 johneaves
    July 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    it say’s, today is a good day to die!!!!

  8. 10 Adam
    July 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Wow that’s great stuff as always John ! The Klingon knife is my favourite from the bunch ! But what is that Zero-G generating device for ? I don’t recall seeing it …

    • 11 johneaves
      July 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

      it was the device that young Archer’s Dad invented and tested in the flying delta toy on the beach, It was seen in the flashback scenes!

  9. July 7, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I love those phaser designs, dang! And thank you for suggesting something that no other phaser has had, but needed badly – a trigger guard! Can you imagine how many redshirts they probably lost in training due to mis-handling those things?

    • 13 johneaves
      July 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

      HAAAA! that’s why I put that on there!!! We had a 22 rifle when I was a kid that had no trigger guard and it went off if just the wind blew hard!!!

    • 14 DeanneM
      July 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      That’s why they have a “Red Shirt in Training” setting. 😀

  10. July 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    The single piece pistol is impressive. I love the way the colors support the different parts of the design. But in my opinion the final concept which we saw on the show fits best to Star Trek, because it has some kind of clean look.
    But the single piece phaser would have been a great alternative to the EM-33.
    Thanks again for the pics!!!! 🙂

    • 16 johneaves
      July 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm

      It did!! it had a bit of all that makes up the cool phaser designs all rolled into one,,, Like it was the predecessor to what was to come!

  11. 17 James_M
    July 7, 2009 at 11:44 am

    The single piece phaser in itself is a great sci-fi design and really cool, although i think the two part phaser’s design has more of a trek feel to it. Great stuff John.

  12. July 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    The top phaser design is really cool. It echos the liens of the tos phaser, the one in ST3 and the assult phaser in st5.

    I’m gonna have to go to Lowes and get more blue foam!

    Oh-and Doug moved all your stuff when you we gone…Dea and I had nothing to do with it.

    Ha ha.

  13. 25 Ben
    July 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    cheers for sharing

  14. 27 Syd Hughes
    July 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Holy Moly, and who decided to go with the phase pistol as seen over one of those two designs? Those are friggin’ awesome!

    The projectile phaser might be the best sci-fi prop gun concept I’ve ever seen!

  15. 29 Matt Boardman
    July 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Awesome! Some wicked looking weapons there, John! Love the phaser designs. It would have been fun to see a Type I phaser in this series. Definitely easier to conceal than the buliker Type II/Phase Pistol.

  16. July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I like the first design for the toy ship as it looks pretty cool, though the one in the finished episode was probably a lot more fitting as it looked more primitive and Ent-era-ish.

    Looking forward to the Jim Martin week. He always seemed like a nice guy in the DS9 behind the scenes features he was interviewed in. I bet you both looked at eachother quizzically when you had to figure out what a zero-G creating device might look like. 😛

    P.S. Thanks to Deanne (or Matt?) for making the images clickable!

  17. 33 Melak
    July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Yup, thanks Deanne!

    I like this klingon knife much better than the older design, it looks much more usable, and less bulky.

    Like much too often, so many of your awesome concepts are unused. Well, at least we can all enjoy them here 🙂

  18. 34 Matt Boardman
    July 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Dea! Is there a way to contact you off the blog? (Hopefully you can see my email as an Admin.) 🙂

  19. 35 Buckaroohawk
    July 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Hand weapon design is a very challenging thing. When designing things like sets and spaceships it’s okay to be a bit more fanciful; but with hand weapons pure practicality and efficiency usually take precedence, especially with firearms. I’m discounting Klingon bladed weapons here since they tend to be both ceremonial and functional at the same time.

    These preliminary designs demonstrate that aspect so well. There aren’t any unnecessary greebles or widgets, just smooth, functional, logical shapes. And trigger guards to boot! I like these designs better than the “phase pistols” they used in the series. I have the toy of the pistol from Enterprise and, while I like the very cool removeable power core, the straight hand grip makes the pistol awkward to hold. You can see in photos of cast members aiming the pistol that it looks a little bit uncomfortable. Angled grips are better because it takes the weight of the weapon off of the trigger finger.

    Gee, I’m not sure why I went on like that. I must be more tired than I thought, hence the babbling. In any case, I see much more functionality in the designs above and it’s too bad they weren’t the ones chosen.

    • 36 johneaves
      July 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

      very good breakdown and notes!!! My Dad was Arizona Highway Patrol so guns and target shooting, plus living on the edge of the old West in the early 60’s were an everyday common part of life. Handling so many types of rifles and pistols over time almost engraves the functionality and what angle the grip has to be to make it’s use easy and smooth. As I am sure you have seen actors can’t aim point a stick let alone aim a gun and to add a challenging shape with the variety of Phasers designed for the various Treks. no one in Star Fleet would ever hit anything!!! thank goodness for the VFX folks because they make any barrel direction be the right angle to hit the target!!! HAAA now I’m babbling!

      • 37 Buckaroohawk
        July 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

        My father was a local sheriff’s constable so I grew up around guns as well, and I have a healthy respect for those who can use them well and safely. Despite the deadly nature of the weapons (not including the stun setting on Trek phasers), a well-designed firearm can be just as striking as a starship or interior set.

        And anyone who has done behind-the-scenes work on a sci-fi film or TV show knows that the REAL sharpshooters are the VFX crew. They hit the bullseye every time!

  20. 38 Freak
    July 8, 2009 at 3:10 am

    These are great John I love that Klingon knife.
    The second phaser is really cool too. but I love Jim Martin version that made it into the show, even if it looks a bit bulky. 😉

    those RC ship look sweet, but the desgin look at bit advanced for when Archer was a Kid.
    I guess they would be suited for kids when the ENT was lurcnhed.

    That Anitgav looks sweet. I love that lower part is see though so you can see the internal working.

  21. July 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Ooh! Phasers! Like the second one, a bit Blade Runnerish.

  22. 41 FSL
    July 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Very nice, especially the single phaser.

  23. October 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

    That was a cool phaser design. Remember those days, remember how we both had to do the helmet drawings for Blackman because of the rush? It was a great experience working on the show with the gang, talented and supportive artists. Hey, do you have that box of my illustrations in your garrage? Let’s get some lunch, I’m in Burbank at a game company, what are you up to?
    Jim M.

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