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Star Trek, the Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies, Generations & First Contact [Paperback]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Visons Of The Future Nov. 6 2003
Format:Paperback
I am normally not a big fan of sketchbooks from television shows and movies. I do enjoy looking at sketches in sections of "making of" books, but whole sketchbooks usually lack any real context for what I'm looking at, on any given page. The Star Trek the Next Generation Sketchbook-the Movies: Generations & First Contact, is thankfully different, and makes for a solid read.
John Eaves has been doing work for Star Trek for years. His detailed illustrations help act as a starting point for series directors, producers, and production designers to realize the look of "modern" Trek. What sets this sketchbook apart though, are the words of co-author JM Dillard. She has been writing about Star Trek for years and knows her way around the universe. Her text doesn't overshadow the full color photos and sketches, but rather, enhances them. There are also plenty of comments (in boldface type) from Eaves himself, about his work.
The 344 page book is divided into 2 main sections. One covers the work Eaves did for Star Trek Generations; The best part of which, is the crash landing of a starship. The second conerns First Contact; The best work there is first warp ship stuff. Both Dillard and Eaves provide their own introduction.
The book is a must if you want insight into the importance of previsualization in the film medium. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing amount of ship designs included May 6 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:26 Mins
The sketches contained in this book are from the two Star Trek Movies, Generations and First Contact. There are two cover versions and the one I have isn't the blue one.

John Eaves is the main artist who walks through the ship concepts, explaining the design inspiration and consideration. He and the other artists contributed more than hundred pieces of mechanical drawings. There are both approved drawings as well as discarded ones, such as the ship that looked like a chicken from top.

In addition to the line art blueprints of the ships, there are also concept art sketches for weapons, props, sets, storyboards, the characters and multiple photos of sets and models. The mechanical drawings of the ships are incredibly detailed, going down to where the different types of rooms are located. The sculpted models are equally detailed and are used in the movies themselves.

This book is suited for model collectors and concept artists.

The ships included are:

* U.S.S. Enterprise-B
* Enterprise-B Sets
* Lakul
* Stellar Cartography Platform
* Amargosa Observatory
* Enterprise-E
* Enterprise-E Sets
* Phoenix pod
* Borg Sphere and Cube
* Vulcan Lander
* Quantum Torpedo Launcher
* Other minor props and sets

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NextGen Sketchbook best non-fic Trek in thirty years April 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I interviewed John Eaves two years ago and first heard about this book at that time; I am more than slightly relieved to say that it was worth the wait! Profusely illustrated -- with artwork that has NOT already appeared everywhere else -- the book is both reader- and Trekkie-friendly, with brief anecdotes which humanize the filmmaking process while also supplementing the nice pics. Eaves' attention to detail -- especially in regard to properly crediting those responsible for a given design -- is both noteworthy and surprisingly welcome ... This book almost makes up for previous "authorized" illustrated Trek volumes, nearly making me forgive Pocket/S&S for THE ART OF STAR TREK, and gives cause for one to hope Eaves will contribute in a similar fashion to STAR TREK 9. (and generate another book like this as well.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book of Star Trek art. Aug. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not only is this volume a must for anyone interested in production design, it is also a well designed book all round. Each page is a stunning work of art in its own right. Full compliments to John Eaves for so carefully selecting his, and other artist's work, for the book. His commentary throughout is informative and interesting. JM Dillard holds it all together with his, as always, brilliant text. I hope Eaves releses a new book about Insurrection, or at least, has the existing book expanded to include this film. Well done, S&S, John Eaves and JM Dillard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing amount of ship designs included May 6 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The sketches contained in this book are from the two Star Trek Movies, Generations and First Contact. There are two cover versions and the one I have isn't the blue one.

John Eaves is the main artist who walks through the ship concepts, explaining the design inspiration and consideration. He and the other artists contributed more than hundred pieces of mechanical drawings. There are both approved drawings as well as discarded ones, such as the ship that looked like a chicken from top.

In addition to the line art blueprints of the ships, there are also concept art sketches for weapons, props, sets, storyboards, the characters and multiple photos of sets and models. The mechanical drawings of the ships are incredibly detailed, going down to where the different types of rooms are located. The sculpted models are equally detailed and are used in the movies themselves.

This book is suited for model collectors and concept artists.

The ships included are:

* U.S.S. Enterprise-B
* Enterprise-B Sets
* Lakul
* Stellar Cartography Platform
* Amargosa Observatory
* Enterprise-E
* Enterprise-E Sets
* Phoenix pod
* Borg Sphere and Cube
* Vulcan Lander
* Quantum Torpedo Launcher
* Other minor props and sets

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing Taste... May 16 2001
By Dr Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
... of the behind-the-scenes design, artwork, and storyboarding for the first two Next Generation movies, "Generations" and "First Contact." Indispensible to a real starship hardware fan, this book gives plenty of details and is interspersed with interviews, recollections, and notes from some of the principal talents involved in creating the location sets, some of the special effects, and the new ships seen in both films, as well as much unseen material from the design of the Borg presence. I found the evolution of the Enterprise-E, Phoenix warp ship, and Vulcan ship from First Contact especially interesting. My only criticism is that, even at 340+ pages, there is not enough! First Contact alone should occupy a 400-page "Making of" book. Nevertheless, this volume is a gem which belongs in the library of any hard-core Trek devotee.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 25 2014
By joeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
great book showing the process from sketch to production of the the star trek movies
highly recomend book well laid out with pencil sketchs to colored plates of all things in
the movies
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