(written from a Production point of view)
Masao Okazaki is a graphic designer and artist, who was officially credited as a "Technical Consultant" to the production of the 2008 remastered version of the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Ultimate Computer". It has been, to date, his only official credit, though his involvement with Star Trek extended to fandom.
Born in Brooklyn and a Star Trek fan since 1966, Okazaki's main work is The Starfleet Museum, a 'historical record' of ships used in the Earth-Romulan War and the early Federation era. His design for a 23rd century starbase was requested for use in the novel series Star Trek: Vanguard, being translated into a CGI version by Doug Drexler, who commented upon the design, "I dig Vanguard station because it looks appropriately old school, while embracing the design directions of the original feature films!" (X). The design was also later adapted by Michael Okuda and CBS Digital as Starbase 6 in the remastered version of "The Ultimate Computer".
Okazaki received a credit as Technical Consultant for the episode, of which he was exceedingly proud, "This was something I had never imagined. Thanks to the inclusion, I am now credited as "creative consultant" on the IMDB page of Star Trek, my favorite TV show of all time. When I was watching Trek on a black and white TV set when I was a kid, I would never have guessed that would happen." (Star Trek Magazine issue 162, p.81).
In addition, Okazaki designed the USS Sagittarius, an Archer-class starship seen on the cover of the Vanguard novel Reap the Whirlwind.
Okazaki currently lives in Tokio, Japan as a manuscript editor and English teacher for a medical school.
Further reading Edit
- "Vanguard: Form and Substance", Star Trek Magazine issue 162, July/August 2011, pp. 76-81