fantasy: the Star Trek universe

Fantasy makeups: The Star Trek universe

I’m not the greatest fan of Star Trek: it recycles plots; its morality is often laid on with the proverbial trowel; and sometimes the makeups just don’t hack it. I also find it curious that its liberal values co-exists with blatant racial stereotyping. But it has something, and has created both some memorable species and some interesting characters. The reboot was a breath of fresh air.

Before the reboot the franchise churned its way to the fourth season of the fourth sequel (yes I know Enterprise was technically a prequel but you know what I mean) and to its tenth movie. Along the way its makeup artists created a rich variety of female aliens: not to mention human members of the various crews who have been transformed or aged.

So many makeup artists have worked on the Star Trek franchise over nearly thirty years that it would probably be impossible to list them all. John Chambers was responsible for the makeup for the original series and Michael Westmore has been makeup designer for all the other TV series as well as for Generations, Insurrection, and Nemesis. Other makeup artists have included Brian Wade, Ve Neill, Rick Stratton, Allan A Apone, Michael Mills, Kenny Myers, Ed French, Greg Cannom, Michael Key (of Makeup Artist Magazine), Gil Mosko, Ellis Burman Jr, Bart Mixon, and Michael Burnett.

The various Star Trek series have won no less than five Emmy Awards for outstanding makeup:

1996 Star Trek: Voyager (‘Threshold’)
Michael G. Westmore, Makeup Artist; Greg Nelson, Makeup Artist; Scott Wheeler, Makeup Artist; Tina Kalliongis-Hoffman, Makeup Artist; Mark Shostrom, Makeup Artist; Gil Mosko, Makeup Artist; Ellis Burman, Makeup Artist; Steve Weber, Makeup Artist; Brad Look, Makeup Artist.

1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (‘Distant Voices’)
Michael G Westmore, Makeup Artist Supervisor; Camille Calvet, Makeup Artist; Dean Jones, Makeup Artist; Dean Gates, Makeup Artist; Karen Iverson, Makeup Artist; Scott Wheeler, Makeup Artist; Michael Key, Makeup Artist; Dave Quaschnick, Makeup Artist; Karen Westerfield, Makeup Artist; Gil Mosko, Makeup Artist; Thom Surprenant, Makeup Artist.

1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (‘Captive Pursuit’)
Michael G Westmore, Makeup Designer & Supervisor; Jill Rockow, Makeup Artist; Karen J Westerfield, Makeup Artist; Gil Mosko, Makeup Artist; Dean Jones, Makeup Artist; Michael Key, Makeup Artist; Craig Reardon, Makeup Artist; Vincent Niebla, Makeup Artist.

1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation (‘Cost of Living’)
Michael G Westmore, Makeup Supervisor & Designer; Gerald Quist, Makeup Artist; Ron Walters, Makeup Artist; June Haymore, Makeup Artist; Robert Scribner, Makeup Artist; Kenneth Diaz, Makeup Artist; Karen J Westerfield, Makeup Artist; Richard Snell, Makeup Artist; Tania McComas, Makeup Artist.

1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation (‘Conspiracy’)
Werner Keppler, Makeup; Michael G Westmore, Makeup; Gerry Quist Makeup.

For those who want more information on the various species and characters Memory Alpha is a wonderful resource.