The summer of 1982 will always stand as one of the greatest seasons for movie releases. The visual effects world was at its best with incredible work coming from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Apogee and Boss Films. Conan the Barbarian was the first of the big pictures to hit the screen, followed by The Road Warrior, John Carpenter's The Thing, Poltergeist, Tron, Blade Runner, E.T., Creepshow, The Dark Crystal, Cat People, Pink Floyd The Wall, Firefox and a little sci-fi movie called Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
I was in San Jose, CA, when The Wrath of Khan opened and my friend Mark Zainer dragged me along to see it on opening night at one of the dome theaters there. I really wasn't up for the sequel, to be honest, because I was not overly impressed with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which had been released three years prior. My early doubts about The Wrath of Khan quickly vanished just moments into it, and I was a huge fan before the film came to an end. (Director and uncredited co-writer) Nicholas Meyer created an incredible return to the reasons why we all loved the original Star Trek: a great story complemented by incredible performances and interactions between all of the cast. The return of Khan from the 1960's episode "Space Seed" was a brilliant idea, and the script by Jack B. Sowards soars as one of the best-written Trek films of all time.
On a personal note, these were my days of big dreams about working in the movies as an artist and VFX model maker, and the summer of 1982 made it so hard to be in Arizona and not working at ILM or Apogee, where the action was. The VFX in The Wrath of Khan were definitely a highlight, and what I was seeing on the screen that summer only inspired me more. Anyway, the film ranked high with both critics and fans and is still considered by many the best Star Trek film so far. I saw this one five or six times in the theater that summer, and I am so glad my buddy Mark dragged me to the opening.
So with all that said, happy 30th anniversary, Star Trek II.
To Help out with the birthday celebration, Miss Emily Rose Harris will treat us to her take on the Red Dress Series, shot in Rosamond, CA. Emily is a 20-year-old student majoring in veterinary sciences, and she works at a clinic which allows her to pursue her dreams with hands-on experience. Emily was a model in her youth and has just recently started up again, shooting in and around the Antelope Valley. We have done many shoots together and I was so glad she took on the Star Trek theme. It was a windy day that we thought was going to ruin all the pix, but the turbulent air actually aided in making for some wild hair-blowing shots. Emily is a pro and I love working with her. Hope you all enjoy her images, and you can see more of her work at http://www.modelmayhem.com/2220965.
So until next time have a good one, and God bless,
John Eaves is veteran artist and illustrator who has lent his talents to too many films and television shows to count. Actually, he's at 60-plus and counting. Over the years, he's made a tremendous mark on Star Trek, as he's worked on The Final Frontier, all four TNG films, DS9 and Enterprise, Star Trek: The Exhibition, Star Trek Online and Star Trek (2009).
Click HERE to check out John Eaves' website, Eavesdropping.