(written from a Production point of view)
- you may be looking for the documentary of the same name.
The Making of Star Trek: First Contact is a reference book detailing the creation and production of Star Trek: First Contact. Edited by Lou Anders, the book comprises material gathered by Anders, Larry Nemecek, and Ian Spelling as well as various rare Paramount Pictures set photos and then-unseen design sketches by illustrator John Eaves.
- From the book jacket
- One captain, against orders, must succeed whether all others have failed...
- Prepare for the ultimate Star Trek experience as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, headed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, take on their most fearsome enemies, the deadly Borg, in a battle across space and time!
- Discover all the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movie, including:
- In-depth interview with first-time movie director, Jonathan Frakes;
- Profiles of the all-star cast, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis;
- Special features on guest stars Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, Dwight Schultz and Robert Picardo;
- See how the production team built the new Sovereign class U.S.S. Enterprise, from concept sketch to finished film;
- See how the costume and make-up teams created the villainous Borg;
- Marvel at the technical wizardry of Industrial Light & Magic's special effects.
- Resistance is futile.
This book used text written variously by Anders, Nemecek, and Spelling for the Titan Magazines releases, Star Trek: First Contact - Official Movie Souvenir Magazine and Star Trek: First Contact - The Official Poster Magazine. Anders and Nemecek did interviews and features related to the various designers, writers, and other behind-the-scenes work, while Spelling worked on the actors' profiles.
As the buzz surrounding the film increased prior to its release, Titan Books opted to collect the works, along with more photos and design sketches, and compile them into a stand-alone volume. With Nemecek busy on other projects, including updating the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, the publisher chose Anders to edit the project and receive his first author's credit. Neither the book nor the magazines were sold in the US, whereas Germany saw a translated edition in 1997, which came with a movie poster.