Friday, October 18, 2013

STAR TREK PHASE II Concept Art by Mike Minor

Friday, October 18, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 5

Mike Minor drawing Star Trek in 1979

Check out Star Trek Phase II concept art by Mike Minor!

Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on the artwork for the unproduced show Star Trek Phase II which inspired the look of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

Michael "Mike" Minor was an illustrator and art director on Star Trek: The Original Series, The Beastmaster (1982) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).

Back when Roddenberry was thinking about bringing Star Trek back, he hired the late Mike Minor to make up some designs for the new USS Enteprise in a project known as Star Trek Phase II. Eventually, the illustrations would inspire Star Trek The Motion Picture and Minor did some designs and storyboards for that project as well.

Redesigned Enterprise

Star Trek Phase II bridge
Star trek Phase II Sickbay

Star Trek Phase II Recreation Deck
 
Star Trek Phase II Captain's Quarters

V'Ger Star Trek Phase II


Vulcan Star Trek The Motion Picture Storyboards




Click on the links if you want to see more of Mike Minor's work, Star Trek: The Motion Picture or Star Trek Phase II on my blog.

Images via http://ottens.co.uk, http://startrekvulcanology.blogspot.com

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Star Trek: The Motion Picture what did you think?

Official Star Trek: The Motion Picture Synopsis
"Kirk and his former crew reunite aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 to save Earth from a powerful living machine that is destroying everything in its path as it searches for its 'creator.' When we last saw this crew, at the end of the original Star Trek’s third season, the year was 2269.  It is now 2271. Upon completion of his five-year mission, Kirk apparently accepted a well-deserved promotion to admiral, but he’s been having second thoughts about that decision. He feels he’s more suited to sitting in the captain’s chair aboard a starship than sitting behind a desk at Starfleet Headquarters. In the meantime, Spock has returned to his Vulcan homeworld to go through a ritual that will purge him of his emotions once and for all. Doctor McCoy has retired from active service. Chekov has changed his specialty, from navigation to ship’s security. Scotty, Uhura and Sulu continue to hold their familiar posts on the Enterprise. The ship itself, however, has gone through a major refit, with upgrades throughout."
Directed by Robert Wise
Cinematography by Richard H. Kline
Release date: December 7, 1979
© Copyright 1979 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved

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5 comments:

  1. I really enjoy seeing the concept art for Star Trek! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I think the bridge in the latest movies may have taken some cues from this design (googles... http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/star-trek-into-darkness-bridge.jpg)

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  3. Good point Gary, since the bridge does look familiar.  The link is dead though. What were you linking to?

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  4. just a picture of the newest bridge (sure we've all seen it so maybe a bit superfluous :)

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