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Friday, January 22, 2010

Star Trek: The Art of the Film - Book Review

Released November 2009

Page count: 160 pages

Size: 9” x 12”

Star Trek: The Art of the Film

(Text) By Mark Cotta Vaz

Foreword By J.J. Abrams

Published By Titan Books


- This review is in a series running this week and next, leading up to the Oscar nominations on Feb. 2nd. The series includes a profile of 8 books relating to past and present films, as well as the filmmaking process. Check out these titles to get a better understanding of what goes into the art of film.


Star Trek: The Art of the Film Book Review By John C.

J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot was an incredibly enjoyable science fiction film. Star Trek: The Art of The Film is the perfect photo resource behind the making of the movie for both Trekker’s and casual fans.

If you liked the film, then immerse yourself in the beautiful visuals of this excellent companion book, which includes insights into the visual effects that went into such sequences as the space jump.


Star Trek: The Art of the Film Book Review By Erin V.

One of my favourite art books of the year, Star Trek: The Art of the Film covers everything from the visual effects, to the costume design, to the set design. The opening section, after the foreword by director J.J. Abrams, has statements from the main new actors in the Star Fleet crew, as well as from Leonard Nemoy. Then the book heads into the very visual centric world of Star Trek. Using mostly pictures, coupled with minimal, but information-rich text, we start to learn the story of making this film really work.

I understand more of the film reading through this book, and caught things that I didn’t when I saw the film. I hope to see a couple of nominations at the Oscars for Star Trek’s art and design processes, especially after seeing it all laid out here.

For anyone into Star Trek, or the process of filmmaking in general, this book is a must-read. It is beautifully put together, right down to the brilliant idea of putting, behind the dust jacket on the front cover, the film’s poster photo of Zachary Quinto, and on the back, one of Leonard Nimoy. It works with the essence of the film, and for that reason, it is one of the coolest book design ideas I’ve ever seen.

Star Trek: The Art of the Film is available in most book stores, as well as from online retailers. It is well worth the price - which is actually quite reasonable in most places.


To find out more about Star Trek: The Art of the Film, or other books, visit Titan Books’ website here.

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