“The Starship Enterprise is not a collection of motion picture sets or a model used in visual effects. It is a very real vehicle: one designed for storytelling. You, the audience, furnish its propulsion. With a wondrous leap of imagination, you make it into a spaceship that can take us into the far reaches of the galaxy and sometimes the depths of the human soul….”

- Gene Roddenberry

Images from Doug Drexler’s magnificent book “Ships of the line”. You really need to get this book!


STV—Doug Drexler: drive for more Enterprise on Netflix

From Larry’s Trekland blog, Larry chases down famed Trek illustrator and digital designer Doug Drexler to verify—and explain—why he’s joined the online campaign to urge Netflix to produce a Season 5 of restarted Star Trek: Enterprise. Media and fandom and show delivery are a whole new world from 2005, it seems… are way differen

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You know I really wish I got into 3D modeling somedays.

John describes the production as having an “identity crisis,” because we’re talking about an abandoned dollar store filled with handmade sets built by volunteers and starring an Elvis impersonator.

And eventually, they found themselves some real Hollywood writers, designers, actors, and producers – some of whom worked on the original Star Trek series.

“When New Voyages started, they had several people behind the scenes, like Doug Drexler (VFX guru who worked on TNG and Battlestar Galactica), helping out with the production,” John says. “By the time I joined, Walter Koenig had been cast as Chekov, an original cast member reprising his role for the first time since Star Trek: Generations in 1994. This was a pretty huge deal … Now when we got to ‘World Enough And Time,’ the episode with George [Takei], that’s when the stakes were raised even higher. Hollywood producer Marc Zicree (Babylon 5, TNG, Sliders), and Michael Reeves got involved.”

We’re talking Emmy and Oscar winners working out of a dollar store alongside fans with no experience.

I Played Sulu For 12 Years (In A Series You’ve Never Seen)


Drexfiles Visits the 14th Factory - The Ultimate Trip from Doug Drexler on Vimeo.

The Ultimate Trip.

When Mike Okuda showed me a picture of he and Denise in the infamous 2001 bedroom set, I almost put a dent in my forehead. A group of artists run by the Hong Kong based Simon Birch recreated Dave Bowman’s place of death and rebirth. The genius that someone would come up with that as an idea for an art piece was thrilling.

I first saw 2001 when I was 15 years old, and in Cinerama no less. Three giant screens. Left, right, and dead ahead. Three separate projectors crisscrossing one another. You can’t imagine what 2001 looked like in Cinerama. There is nothing today that comes close. Not even IMAX.

When I first saw the film it was on a school field trip. They put us on buses, and drove an hour to get us there. That’s the kind of respect 2001 got. Before then science fiction was considered kid stuff. 2001 created awe in the most hardened, lived through the depression, fought in World War Two parent, teacher, and critic. 2001 transcended film.

The 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch. Taking over three acres of an empty industrial warehouse and lot on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, the location has been transformed into a factory where Birch and his 20 creative collaborators work and manufacture their art, creating an ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance.

Visiting the place where David Bowman transmorgified was an out of body experience. I finally understood. I could feel my mortality, and it felt good. I felt part of a greater plane of existence. My mind expanded. My DNA shifted. That’s how I define ART.


National Air And Space Museum’s 40th Celebration on Vimeo by Doug Drexler

Footage of the newly restored Star Trek original series U.S.S. Enterprise shooting miniature.