Archive for July, 2009



08
Jul
09

#64 Chosen Realm, those crazy Triannon ships!!

Enterprise Episode 64 called upon a race of beings called the Triannons, and with this new race came the opportunity to come up with a new ship.  There were a lot of fun ideas that came to be on this one, and there was very little pressure from the top on determining the look, so the wild ideas flowed freely for a couple of days.  Some of these ship ideas follow traditional ST lines, but a couple went pretty far outside the safe zone and really made for lots of doodling fun.  One version even went down the big mouth bass style of architecture, but in the end, the one that I thought for sure would get the boot made it as the chosen idea.   Here are the roughs, and one of the rejects went on to be a ship in another episode down the line.  $5 and a Sioux City Sarsaparilla to whoever can name that ship and episode????  To wrap out the ship of the day, there are some CG model images by the incredible Mr. Pierre!  Have a great Wednesday!!!

 

4 of the blueline and inked concepts

4 of the blueline and inked concepts

 

and in living color

and in living color

07
Jul
09

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.

John

 

Klingon Knife concept

Klingon Knife concept

two part phaser idea

two part phaser idea

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03
Jul
09

In Celebration of Independence Day…

John has been given the chance to have some important family time. YEA!!! Have a pleasant and safe holiday weekend! More great stuff to come starting Tuesday, the 7th.  — Dea

happy-independence-day

02
Jul
09

Jonah — I mean Archer and the belly of the Whale

Wow it’s already Friday!!  Technically speaking, since we are off tomorrow for the 4th of July.  WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!  Hope everyone else has the day off, too, even if you’re in another country!  So with that, here is another crazy ship from Enterprise, a second season episode entitled The Crossing.  The story here is that the NX gets overcome and swallowed by a rather organic looking space vessel, and they have to figure a way out!!!  If only they had matches and wood on board they could follow Geppetto and Pinocchio’s example.  AHHHH!!!  Well, there you go, and I guess you would need some air to really make that work as well!!!  HAAA!  So anyway, the ship went through a few changes, and the first version has the Jem’Hadar cruiser’s lines as the understudy and some heavy organicasizeing on top,  I took the borgifying approach for the first pass.  Rejected brutally.  Ship two followed with a tendrilled beetle bug look…also rejected heavily.  Which lead to version three which is a modified fish/doomsday machine combo!!!  Again the big axe fell, and version #4 came to be… they sorta liked the underlying shape, and had me do a pass minus the tendrils and up the scale with the addition of more patterned detail, as opposed to total organic randomness.  Thus the final drawing came to be, and they even drew a happy face with a little star on the corner of the page!!!  Ok then, here is this one to enjoy, and I’ll try and get more Osiris up as the day goes on!

the jem look,,, noooo!

the Jem look,,, noooo!

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01
Jul
09

Osiris Chronicles (AKA The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy) Links

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As a follow up on The Osiris Chronicles articles, here are some links to more information…

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlord:_Battle_for_the_Galaxy

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142973/

http://www.rodtaylorsite.com/osiruschronicles.shtml

http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/reviews/osirischronicles.html

More screenshots at these links:

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-qzcELew6frWBZspks_7SsnUuv9VNTUA-?cq=1&p=164

http://www.kelesa.net/marjoriemonaghan/gallery-osiris.htm

01
Jul
09

Jay Roth’s CG Osiris shuttlecraft

It’s a great day…just heard from my old Apogee buddy, Jay Roth!!!  Jay and I were on Spaceballs together, share the same birthday and have a fine appreciation for good quality flatulence (ed. good grief!  dm)…is that an OK topic for blogs????  Anyway, Jay was an awesome modeler, and he built Ron Cobb’s Narcissus for Cameron’s “Aliens” before joining the Apogee crew 1n 1986.  Towards the end of the show, Jay had been pioneering, with some buddies, a CG modeling program that I shall not name because I am sure I’ll refer to the wrong one!!  But his program made it big, and Jay left the world of glue, lead, Acetone, Fiberglass, 2 lb foam, lacquer, radiation and everything else dirty and toxic in the model shop, and went on to begin a new career of CG VFX modeling.  We met again some years later on Osiris, and Jay beautifully modeled the Shuttle and the Engineering ship.  Here are two pics of his model.  Great to catch up for a moment or two, and Jay’s a dad of a 6 year old boy sounds like his son could use some of your prayers for his health too, so if you want to pass some of that Jay’s way, I am sure he would appreciate it.

Thanks.

 

little grey rough

little grey rough

 

and a beautiful color model

and a beautiful color model

01
Jul
09

Carlene!!!

Today was the end of Carlene’s Radiation treatments and she is off to spend the day at Disneyland!!!!  She’s awfully tough and handled the whole chemo & cancer issues with great courage, and she has finally finished the long journey with a smile the whole way through.  We are so thankful to God for watching over her, and our entire family is so thankful for all the support and prayers that you all here on the blog have been sending her. It’ easy to be a fan of Movies, Star Trek  and find folks to share those things with, but what I have found is that the blog here has become a place where good friends are aplenty.  Couldn’t ask for anything better than a bunch of good friends to stand by you when times are tough!!!  Thanks again for all those kind heartfelt messages and for taking the time to write to her both here and on her blog!!! We get a pet scan in a couple of weeks to make sure everything is gone and stays that way and I’ll post up anything new that happens.

Love ya guys,

john

01
Jul
09

The Osiris Chronicles Shuttlecraft

This is another wild week, so my blog plans from last and this week are all in disarrangement!!!!  Ohhhh the madness!  So in lieu of this, here is something I had already scanned and is easy to post.  Right after working on Star Trek Generations, the art Director, Sandy Veneziano, was going on to be the production designer for a Joe Dante Sci Fi TV movie called the Osiris Chronicles…She gave me a go, and I was thrilled to be a part of her team.  I am a huge fan of Joe Dante and was very excited to get a chance to work on one of his films!!  One of the projects to be designed was a small Shuttlecraft that was to be built as a miniature, and for the full size set, an interior was to be built.  Here are the sketches of the principle design and also some images of the Greg Jein master model.  OK, here ya go for now and more later as the day goes on…Enjoy. 

 

the shuttle 3/4 view

the shuttle 3/4 view

hatch detail

hatch detail

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