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The future was FAB

18/03/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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In 1964, young Mike Trim answered a newspaper advertisement seeking model makers for a film production crew and, beginning in the final days of Stingray, 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 futuristic architecture, vehicles, and distinctive look of the Andersons' series. Eventually, he assumed responsibility for the majority of the design work for the series as Meddings (who won an Academy Award for his work on the 1978 film Superman) 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 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, in 1978.

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

Featuring hundreds of drawings, paintings, marker comps and photos, the book offers a 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.

Available July 25th, 2006 from on ISBN: 1932563822.

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