(written from a Production point of view)
Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts is a reference book which provides a behind-the-scenes description of the makeup and props in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. The book includes an introduction by Patrick Stewart and comments by Michael Dorn, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman and Ethan Phillips on the makeup of their respective characters.
- From the book jacket
- Special bonus: a section that will show you how to re-create your own makeup as well as create your own props, using readily available items.
- Words on paper. Without the resourceful, innovative, almost magical talents of the untold hundreds of behind-the-scenes people who have worked on Star Trek, those and countless other futuristic marvels would be just that - words on paper. For years the major responsibility for making it all real for viewing audiences has fallen to people like Academy Award®-winning makeup supervisor Michael Westmore and property master Alan Sims, and their incredible staff of artisans. These modern-day dream shapers have guarded their award-winning secrets with national security-level caution... until today.
- The veil of secrecy is pulled back in Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts. Through dozens of rare sketches, photographs, and designs, discover how those remarkable craftspeople made the fantastic vistas, creatures, and technology encountered every week. You'll be amazed at how low-tech some of these hi-tech wonders really are!
- Who decided to make the Andorian blue? Of what was the belt on the original Klingon costume made? Was the first phaser really a block of wood? All your questions will be answered in Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts!