Without Matt Jefferies, Star Trek as we know it might never have existed. For Matt is the man who designed the original Enterprise, as well as working on Trek essentials like the phaser. He was also behind the famous quarry-like alien planet sets in the original series.
The right man for the job
Tell me about the background to designing the Enterprise.
The original Enterprise brief
When you met Gene, what did he want for the Enterprise?
Deep in the warp core
Where did the idea come from for the engine?
Showing the Enterprise to Gene Roddenberry
What did Gene say when he saw what you’d done?
Military modes for Starfleet
So what about the exterior, the colours and things you put on it?
Tell me where the number on the exterior came from?
Not a rocket ship
Is it true you had copies of Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgers in the room as an example of what not to do?
The Enterprise bridge
Tell us about your ideas for designing the bridge.
The quarry sets
How did you build the rocks on the planet sets?
A Hilton in space
Do you watch the new series? The Next Generation and Voyager and Deep Space Nine?
Matt Jefferies gives his advice to budding art directors.
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