‘Star Trek’ event goes back to the future with an eye on design

Sept. 26, 2009 | 8:34 p.m.

Susan King checks in with a dispatch about an L.A. event Sunday with Starfleet appeal…

The bridge from Trek Enterprise

For more than four decades, the “Star Trek” universe has boldly gone where no production designers have gone before. And this Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, the Art Directors Guild Film Society and the American Cinematheque are honoring these visionaries who have vividly created the future with the program: “Star Trek: 45 years of Designing the Future.”

Production illustrator Daren R. Dochterman will moderate a panel discussion featuring four of the “Star Trek” production designers — John Jeffries, Joseph R. Jennings, Herman Zimmerman and Scott Chambliss — which also features clips from the first two seasons of the first “Star Trek” series, scenes from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” which panelist Jennings designed, clips from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Enterprise,” all designed by panelist Zimmerman and a trailer for this year’s hit feature, “Star Trek,” designed by panelist Chambliss. The photo above shows the briidge from “Next Generation,” for instance, which recalls the original show’s command center but takes it into sleek new directions.  

Rounding out the event will be a screening of Robert Wise’s director’s cut of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and clips of its late production designer, Harold Michelson. There are details about the entrire program here. And here’s the trailer for Wise’s space opera, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year…

– Susan King

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