Captain on the bridge!
One of the highlights of any Star Trek convention is getting to see the original Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. Day 2 of Destination Star Trek Germany, attended by Wikia's German team, was no exception, when Bill took the stage to talk about his life and Star Trek. Between stories about meeting Koko the gorilla, the sad loss of Bill's doberman Mocha, and how much he loves all animals, Bill broke the ice before moving into questions.
Bill is often asked about whether he will ever reprise his role as James T. Kirk, a trend that continued on Saturday. He talked about the new movies and how talented he thinks director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) is, and while Bill acknowledged that there are always p…Read more >
.]] We all know names like Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman, and Brannon Braga, but we often forget that the making of Star Trek is full of names that are not often mentioned. One of those names is Gil Mosko, a makeup artist who worked on a number of Star Trek series and movies, ran the makeup lab, and served as a personal makeup artist to Michael Dorn (Worf).
A few months ago, Gil reached out to me after reading my interview with Doug Drexler and offered to send us behind the scenes pictures for the Trek Initiative. I have to admit that, when he first contacted me, I didn’t know who Gil was. Over the last few weeks of interviewing him, though, I’ve come to learn more about someone who was actively involved in the making of Star Trek, and someone wi…Read more >
Hey Star Trek fans! Next Tuesday, I'll be interviewing Gil Mosko. Star Trek fans may recognize his name from the credits of some of your favorite shows and movies. Mr. Mosko was a makeup artist on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as a number of Star Trek films. He and other members of the makeup team were nominated for eight Emmy Awards, and he won a number of them! Straight from Mr. Mosko himself:
- I am a makeup artist (5-Emmy Awards), and I ran the Star Trek Makeup Lab for 6-years. I did all the life casts of the actors' faces, molded all the sculptures, and ran all the foam prosthetics. I wan also personal makeup artist to Michael Dorn, "Mr Worf." Not confined to only Mr. Worf, I did so …
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to see a real-life transporter at work, check out the video above. As part of the buzz surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness, Blinkbox (an online streaming site) recently worked with illusionist Scott Penrose to make an audience believe that they were witnessing the world's first fully-functional transporter, just like the one that Spock used to beam down to San Francisco and confront Khan in the final climactic moments of Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Anyone who knows the behind the scenes workings of Star Trek knows the name Doug Drexler. He's a diehard fan of Star Trek: The Original Series who fulfilled his fan dreams by becoming a makeup artist, production designer, visual effects artist, occasional actor, and more throughout the run of the Star Trek spinoff shows. One of his biggest claims, and one of my favorite things he did, was that he created the Enterprise NX-01 for Star Trek: Enterprise.
I had the pleasure of meeting Doug at Star Trek Las Vegas last month, and he was kind enough to agree to talk to the Trek Initiative for an interview, which is this week's Trek Tuesday exclusive. After asking for your questions, I chose the best ones and sent Doug your questions and a few of mine. …
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