Check out this great series of Star Trek movie poster art created Matt Ferguson. The posters represent the first six original Star Trek movies that include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
The Wrath of Khan is the favorite Star Trek film of everyone I know. Do any of you like any of the other Star Trek movies more?
I’m a life long Trekkie and a dream project for me would be to create posters for the original crew films (including the reboots). I wanted to make a set of posters that had a uniform size and composition while still staying true to each individual films themes and story.
About the first poster: I have always loved the sense of adventure in The Motion Picture and the model effects work is some of my favourite ever, so I wanted to carry that through into my poster. I thought it would be cool to show the magnitude of V’ger by having Ilia and the V’ger ship dwarf the Enterprise and her crew, and then to tie it altogether the Enterprise replaces the red crystal that is on Ilia’s neck.
The Wrath Of Khan is my personal favorite Star Trek film so it was a daunting task for me to create a poster for it. I did create a Khan poster several years ago, but I was always unhappy with how it turned out… this was a perfect opportunity for me to revisit the film and go at the poster all guns blazing!
The title says it all and for me to be happy with the poster I had to really get Khans likeness perfect. I wanted him to be menacing while also showing no emotion on his face, so in order to achieve this I had to concentrate on his eyes. It took a lot of work and revisions but I am finally happy with how it turned out!
The Search For Spock is probably the best of the “odd” numbered Trek films (but I really love them all!!). I have always loved the operatic scale of the film and the fact that Kirk had the brass balls to blow the Enterprise up. Without a doubt I knew I had to paint the Enterprise falling to her demise. I wanted to get the Genesis planet into the composition as well as it is the central location to the film. Also on this one I was oddly influenced by the classic posters for Rosemary’s Baby and Empire Of The Sun!
“There be Whales here!” Star Trek IV is a very different movie to the rest of the films in the series, but I still wanted my poster to fit with my posters as a whole. With this in mind I thought it best to concentrate on the elements of peril in the film by showing the crashing Bird Of Prey. I also needed to hint at elements of the plot, for example, this film is more earthbound and has Whales! I had great fun watching the film again, what a caper!
I have always thought the much maligned Final Frontier is actually a pretty decent Trek film. I remember really enjoying the interaction between the central trio of Kirk, Bones and Spock when I was a kid and I always loved the campfire scene. So I thought this poster was a good opportunity for me to do my own version of that and of course add in “The Final Frontier” of the title in the starry night sky! The one question you have to ask yourself is… Why is Captain Kirk climbing the mountain??
The swan song and final proper Original Crew Star Trek film. I love everything about this film it hits all the right notes. For my poster I thought back to when I first watched The Undiscovered Country at the cinema years and years ago and I really remember loving the energy wave from the Praxis explosion… so that’s what I painted! Also it gave me chance to put in Mr Sulu’s ship the USS Excelsior!
I just want to say that this has been one of my favourite ever artistic endeavours and a real passion project for me. I am a life long Trekkie and it has been making me so happy to see the reaction my art has had online. Thank you to everyone who has blogged and tweeted about it!