Wednesday, June 5, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Spacesuit, Klingon and Alien Concept Designs by Constantine Sekeris, Neville Page and Keith Christensen

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 1


Update: Corrected the credit for one artist
Get a good look at costume designs for Kirk's spacesuit, the Klingon uniform and aliens that didn't make it into Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) is a global hit selling $181,537,381 in tickets in the U.S. alone. Costume Designer Michael Kaplan brought Constantine Sekeris, Christopher Ross and others in to help concept the designs.

Check out the rest of the pictures after the jump and click to enlarge.


Kaplan told Clothes on Film that designing the first film was about feeling correct to today’s audiences of ‘Trekkies’ and general moviegoers. This time, that had been done so they moved forward with a darker tone and costumes reflect that world.

First, here are some shots from the film.



Spock's Volcano Suit


Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Volcano Suit" by Christopher S. Ross  Keith Christensen

The design of the volcano suit and space suits were a challenge. "They were all built by Film Illusions, and worked without a snag." Kaplan added, "These were not simple costumes, since ventilation, cooling, audio and lighting systems were necessary. The actors’ comfort and safety were always our second concern.

"Spock's suit is to protect him from the heat of the volcano." Kaplan told the Guardian "I'd never seen a space suit in copper, and I think copper's very beautiful. I went for the look more than the correct reasoning. Copper is probably the worst material to use when you're trying to protect yourself against heat. There needed to be ventilation in the helmet so that it didn't fog up, so that Zachary Quinto wasn't perspiring."

Kirk's and Khan's Space Jump Suit



Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Space Jump Suit" by Constantine Sekeris

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Cumberbatch's Space Suit" by Christopher S. Ross Keith Christensen

Klingon Designs

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Klingon Costumes" by Constantine Sekeris

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Klingon Costumes" by Unknown

"The helmets address a lot of the features the Klingons have without having to show them." Michael Kaplan said, "You kind of know they're Klingons because they have those foreheads … even when they're wearing their helmets you can tell."

Alien Designs
Here are some alien designs that didn't make it into the film.


Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Alien Designs" by Neville Page and Michael Kaplan (with Constantine Sekeris)


See more of Constantine Sekeris' portfolio at http://constantinesekerisdesign.blogspot.com, Neville Page's at http://www.nevillepage.com and Keith Christensen IMDb page.

Official Synopsis
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Pioneering director J.J. Abrams delivers the explosive action thriller Star Trek Into Darkness, following on from the international box office success of Star Trek in 2009. Featuring a stellar cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Noel Clarke and Peter Weller.

Official Site: StarTrekMovie.com

Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller

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Maurice Mitchell
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