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Star Trek Prop Authority
In the following excerpt from "The Making of Star Trek" (Ballantine Books, 1968), by authors Gene Roddenberry and Stephen E. Whitfield; the behind-the-scenes story of the herculean makeup effort required to accomplish the aging effects seen in the memorable 2nd season TOS episode "The Deadly Years" (first airdate: Dec. 8, 1967) is presented ...

Fred Phillips, Star Trek's wizard of makeup, has been a makeup artist longer than he cares to remember. As a matter of fact, his father, Fred Phillips, Sr., was one of the eleven founding members of the Motion Picture Makeup Artists Association. I guess you could say Fred was practically born into the business...

One of the most difficult makeup jobs Fred has had to tackle on STAR TREK was in connection with the episode entitled "The Deadly Years." In this show Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty were supposed to age to ninety years old, through four separate stages. The first stage could be handled with makeup, but the remaining three stages had to be accomplished by hand-making specially constructed pieces of rubber for each stage. These pieces of rubber were used to build up certain facial areas in order to create wrinkles, sagging chins, sagging jowls, etc. This whole process required twelve separate plaster molds, just to make the special pieces of rubber. On top of them, makeup had to be applied to create the wrinkled, papery skin of the elderly -- not only on faces but on throat, neck, and hands. The last stage of "aging" required makeup time of three hours each on Kirk, McCoy, and Scott.

When the decision was made to shoot that particular episode, the first day of shooting was scheduled for eleven days later. Fred practically had a heart attack. Such an involved number of makeup changes, using essentially one makeup artist, was virtually impossible. Fred called frantically all over town, trying to enlist additional aid in getting the plaster molds made. He was turned down at every call. No one wanted to touch that many age changes unless they had at least thirty days to work on it. All Fred had was eleven. And the job had to be done; that's all there was to it. So he gritted his teeth, hired a mold maker to help him, and worked day and night -- eleven days straight. He got the materials made, but it was a frantic race to the wire.

Fortunately, he was able to beg, borrow, or steal an additional eleven makeup artists from around town who could work the six days the show would be shooting. As it was, everything worked out fairly satisfactorily, but Fred shudders every time he thinks about the experience.

Below are some behind the scenes photos taken during the production of "The Deadly Years" that document the transformation of William Shatner ...



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Oct. 9th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
$40,000? Wow. Just wow. I wonder if the guy who's bought it will ever wear it himself. Or maybe it was a woman who will sleep in his outfit ;)
Oct. 9th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Trekkies Bid on the Holy Grail
In an auction at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum last December, two men battled over Kirk's Season Two tunic. The bidding closed at $40,000.

"The guy who got the tunic wasn't terribly rich," said Joe Madelena, owner of Profiles in History, which also conducted the December auction. "He was just a perfect example of a Star Trek fan, in his mid- to late-30s, who saw the shirt and just had to have it."

It will take much more to settle into Kirk's command chair, however. The dealer estimates the value of the chair to be between $100,000 and $150,000.

I Want Captain Kirk's Chair
But Roman is more than a man with a good-natured sense of humor; he is a smart, professional auctioneer. A case in point was the sale at this auction of the Captain Kirk command chair. The battle for this item quickly came down to a contest between a gentleman on the floor and someone on the phone. The man on the floor raised his paddle quickly and continuously until the bid amount reached up around $200,000. At that point, he started to raise the paddle a little more slowly and exhibited some signs of strain. From $100,000 to $250,000, the bid increment was supposed to be $10,000. So the next acceptable bid that could beat $200,000 was supposed to be $210,000. But Stacey Roman, perhaps noticing the signs of stress in the in-room bidder's body-language, did something smart. He took the bid-increment down and started accepting bids in smaller $5,000 increments. Slowly, little by little, the bidders ratcheted the price up until the in-room bidder finally declined to top the phone bidder's $265,000 bid. After a few seconds' pause, when it was clear that bidder on the floor wasn't willing or able to go higher, Stacey Roman dropped the hammer and sold Kirk's chair to the phone bidder for a final bid of $265,000.

Of course, in addition to the $265,000 he bid, the "winner" must also cover the 15% buyer's premium. That brings the official price paid for the chair to $304,750. Adding California and Los Angeles sales tax to that figure brings it closer to $330,000. According to Profiles In History, that "simply makes this piece of Star Trek memorabilia the most coveted collectible in television history." Joseph Maddelena, the President and CEO of Profiles In History said, "We've never offered a collection of memorabilia of this magnitude before and from the attics of living legends: Bob Justman, Herbert Solow and Matt Jefferies. Our last Star Trek auction was amazing, but this was off-the-scale."

a command insignia, an episode script, and a signed presentation letter from William "Captain Kirk" Shatner, went for $20,000, doubling the high estimate. William Shatner's "alternate universe" uniform tunic from the episode, "Mirror, Mirror", joined someone's collection for a final hammer price of $25,000, almost doubling the high estimate of $15,000.

And by that ofcourse Captain Kirk's chair is the most expensive Trek memorabilia ever, oh and I love how Shatner's stuff always doubles the estimates XD

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Oct. 10th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I like this episode, but of course, mainly by the Shatner's performance. I love that scene where he's sleeping on the bridge and the scene where he says he doesn't want to see Spock anymore =)

And I find amusing to think that he's not nearly as similar at this makeup today as his real age. He's much better <3

hey, his black tanktop shown up a bit on 3rd pic! =9~~~
Oct. 10th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I liked the scene were McCoy was examining him, it kinda felt slashy, grabbing his hand like that and Kirk flinching, cute! and of course when he fell a sleep, awww <3

Yup, he looks way better, too bad about the weight gain though.

I KNOW :D I kept staring at it for so long *drools* I love how everyone else wears T-shirts except him XD it's so distracting, I can't stop looking at his arms and wanton to bite, he's so provocative!
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