You may not know his name, but Dan Curry is a seven-time Emmy-award-winning visual effects supervisor and producer for four Star Trek series
If you’ve ever been watching Star Trek and wondered how a Kazon ship was made or how much the Caretaker’s array was created, Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry—VFX, Weapons, and Wonders from TNG to Enterprise is a must-have book. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, consider this. Curry created the fighting style of the Klingons along with many of their weapons, including the Sword of Kahless and the most important weapon of all—the bat’leth, and he shares his techniques for developing the art of combat and how the weapons were designed.
Think of the most imaginative scenes, the ones that left you shocked and just staring at your television screen. A good portion of those, Curry was responsible for. Like when Remmick’s head blew up on The Next Generation episode “Conspiracy.” Or how Riker levitated in “Schisms.” The Bajoran Fire Caves. And the self-healing Borg cube. The details behind how these scenes came to be are fascinating and everything you’d expect from a man of Curry’s talent.
Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry gives you access to how the ships were designed, the scenes, and the art that has kept us enamored with this franchise. Adding to the perfection of this book are the short interviews with Star Trek actors, including Michael Dorn, Scott Bakula, and Armin Shimmerman detailing their interactions with Curry and how the scenes and episodes were better because of his input.
With stunning imagery, this book gives you the inside track on Curry’s time with Star Trek and how he created the worlds we saw on our screens. Learn how the Borg Queen was assembled, how the Borg drones were dismembered, how the transporters really worked, and get the inside story on the challenge of duplicating actors in a scene.
Whenever there was a scene that had to do with fighting, Dan would come down and we would go through a huge amount of things. That’s how the Klingon martial arts started.—Michael Dorn
The Artistry of Dan Curry isn’t a book you’ll read it in a day; it’s one you’ll savor because you’ll want to take your time to absorb all the facts Curry and co-writer Ben Robinson have shared. There’s so much to learn inside the matte pages, whether its the creation of the creatures our favorite characters had to battle or the construction of the title sequences. The amount of information you’ll glean from these pages will astound you, but then, so will the sheer genius of the man who brought us the amazing effects that have kept (and continue to keep) us in awe.
Star Trek The Artistry of Dan Curry is available now.