One of my favorite things was the so-called "Lost Set" – a cardboard scale model of the standing sets of the Starship Enterprise's interior as built at Desilu's Gower Studio (now Paramount).
|Matt Jefferies original Enterprise interior model. All photos: Robbie Robinson|
|The Bridge set featured moveable wedges for camera and lighing access|
|Sickbay is in the foreground with the Transporter off the the right.|
Everything was there – the Bridge, Sickbay, Transporter Room, hallways – in short, everything a director would need to create their vision of the Enterprise. The Engineering set even featured the forced perspective section that helped make the set look bigger on screen than it actually was. Stand-alone modules like the Auxiliary Bridge were also included.
Jefferies completed the model by painting everything to approximate the actual set colors. The final effect is a very effective tool that was used throughout the three year run.
|Scotty's Engineering set with forced perspective engine core.|
This model presents one more aspect of film-making that made Star Trek work, and work incredibly well. Kudos to Mr. Jefferies and abilities to see and create a future that didn't yet exist!
If anyone knows of the model's current location, please drop me a line. I'd love to know its whereabouts!
EDIT: I've been told by a reliable source that this is now part of Paul Allen's collection at the Science Fiction Museum (or whatever it's called now) in Seattle.