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 Post subject: Mike Trim - Thunderbird designer
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:06 am 
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Martian War Lord

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There's a huge slice of British popular culture history contained in The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim by Mike Trim and Anthony Taylor, and any genre fan growing up in the 60's and 70's is going to have a trip down Memory Lane with this new book…

Anthony Taylor picks the story up early on:

"In 1964, young Mike Trim answered a newspaper advertisement seeking model makers for a film production crew and embarked on an odyssey that would last for more than four decades. Beginning in the final days of Stingray, Trim went to work as a model maker and designer for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's television series Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service and UFO - as well as their feature films: Thunderbirds Are GO, Thunderbird 6 and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka Doppelganger).

"Starting out in the model shop, Trim later became Special Effects Director Derek Meddings' assistant in designing the fabulous futuristic architecture, vehicles, and distinctive look of the Andersons' imaginative series. Eventually, he assumed responsibility for the majority of the design work for the series as Meddings became more involved in feature films.

"After contributing a single (unused) vehicle design and model to the series Space: 1999, Trim moved into freelance illustration, creating an iconic cover painting for one of the best-selling albums of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, in 1978.

"Celebrating more than forty years as a designer, Trim has now collaborated with author Anthony Taylor to produce a full-color collection of his works. The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim is an in-depth review of the artist's entire career as a sci-fi designer and illustrator.

"Featuring hundreds of full-color and black-and-white drawings, paintings, marker comps and photos, the book offers a one-of-a-kind, up-close-and-personal view of how the artist foretells the future at the end of a paintbrush.

"The illustrations are annotated by Trim via his anecdotes and insights as he worked with the Andersons, Meddings and the crew of Century 21 Films, as well as his experiences as a freelance artist and his account of how the instantly recognizable cover art for The War of the Worlds LP was created. With chapters covering his techniques and early influences, unproduced and upcoming projects and more, The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim is a fitting tribute to an artist whose work has permeated the pop culture landscape for more than forty years, and a meticulous archive of his seminal works in the field of sci-fi art and design."

The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim is released July 25 2006 and will be available from Amazon.com and book stores worldwide.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:38 pm 
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Good find Lee, I'm definitely getting that =D>


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