props from Star trek 200

car wash device

Howdy all, today’s post features some of the prop concepts for J.J. Abrams  “Star Trek.” My boss for this phase of production was Prop Master Russell Bobbet. Russell was one of the only other guys on the show that got in as early and sometimes earlier than me, HAAA!!! Russell was great fun to work with and he has one witty sense of design incorporating new ideas into the worlds he is trying to make real.  A lot of times he’ll put the extra twist into the props, more so than what is written in the script. He really knows how to push the technologies a bit further than originally imagined. For example in “Iron Man II”, Tony Stark has a pocket projector device that he pulls out and projects images and dialog into the air. We drew several fairly down to earth ideas and Russell comes in one day and says; What do you say we just make it a tiny piece of glass and all the technology is hidden within it, so basically it’s like an iPhone but layered and transparent! What a cool idea and if you have seen the movie it turned out to be one awesome prop that had a lot of believability as something you might see in your own hands in a year or so. The same was true with Trek , Russell was always trying to push that envelope a little further. At one point in the film Young Kirk’s mom’s boyfriend has an old classic Mustang and Kirk is ordered to go out and wash it, so we had to come up with a futuristic car wash machine but one that would be had by a common man who puts all his love into toys ‘n cars. So what you see is a rolling caddy that has just about everything you would need to do your car right all in one unit. As the film moved on the car changed and the car wash machine was scrapped but it was a fun idea to put down onto paper. Prop two is of some medical instruments, another Bobbett brain child, that took the MRI one step further. This was designed for Kirk’s mother as she gives birth aboard one of the Kelvin medical shuttles in the opening of the film. The idea was that the doctor would run a mouse-type device across mom’s stomach and the read-out and live transmissions would be seen by the doctor through special optical glasses. The designs show a broad range of ideas. These too in the end were ideas that got left behind.  Lastly, are some holster and belt concepts for the cadet and officer uniforms. Lots of fun for sure and hard to believe this was all done over 3 years ago. Holly Cow does time fly so with that all said and done, enjoy! …and more tomorrow…

medical devices

holsters n belts

16 Responses to “props from Star trek 200”

  1. 1 Richard Knapp
    September 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Omniwash 5000 – ya gotta love that! Beautiful art and some neat ideas. Are you working on the next Star Trek?

    As always, thanks for taking the time to post these for us.

    Hope all is well,

  2. 2 johneaves
    September 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t know yet… That one is a ways off and half of JJ’s crew is still on Cowboys and Aliens….

  3. September 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Nothing you do is in vain. You can still turn the Omniwash into a golf trolley!

    Great stuff!

  4. September 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    That Bottom optimzers reminds me of Geordi La Forge Visor.

    Nice Utilatly belt’s add a few more pockets and the Starfleet logo on the buckel and it would have Batman jealous. 😉

  5. 6 the bluesman
    September 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Nice Stang…the stripe reminds me of some certain Australian police cars sometime in the near future.

    My 3 favorite cars in the world are SAABs, Aussie Ford XB Falcons and Mustangs

  6. 9 evil_genius_180
    September 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I remember that car wash scene in the book. It’s funny, they cut that part out, including the discussion between Jim and George Jr. (AKA, Sam.) But then they have Jim waving to his brother as he’s driving by. But without the car wash scene and the discussion in there, people watching the movie who hadn’t read the book (as I had) didn’t know that was his brother, so it really didn’t mean anything to them. Honestly, sometimes I don’t understand film editing.

    Anywho, those are some great designs. I like the little tool caddy, too bad it got cut from the movie. And, of course, the medical equipment and gun/accessory belt are cool. 🙂

    • 10 johneaves
      September 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      yer right!!! I figured that all out by watching the cut out scenes on the DVD, HAAA!

      • 11 evil_genius_180
        September 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm

        You must have a different DVD than I do. Mine just has outtakes and a BTS featurette. I think there was a more expensive one, but I didn’t get that one. That must be the one with the deleted scenes.

        I guess it’s a good thing I did read the book. 😉

  7. September 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Chris, I don’t know about the DVD, but there are deleted scence on the Blue-ray.
    you can also explore a 3d model of the Enterprise, which is pritty cool.

  8. 14 JoeRalat
    September 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Love the sketches, the optimizers would make cool cyclops glasses. The last one would make a cool retro visor.

    How do you come up with shapes for some of the items, like the X-RAY readers. I know in past post that you talked about how some items have been the inspiration for ships or other things, but when you have a list of items to sketch out. Do you look over design books for inspiration.

    I found myself saving lots of reference photos of cool shapes,to help me with my design. Just wanted to know what books or designs help inspire you.

    Thanks again

  9. 15 Jay
    September 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I still haven’t seen that movie. 🙂

  10. 16 Matt Boardman
    September 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Love it! Wish I had one of those to wash my car right now. Love the idea of the ultrasound in the visor. Too cool!

    John! I love how clean your drawings always look! There’s always so much fun detail in them too that I just can’t tear myself away from staring at them!

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