(written from a Production point of view)
Stephen "Steve" P. Burg, was a conceptual artist and illustrator who has made an unwittingly early Star Trek contribution to the spin-off television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was he who originally designed the Promellian battle cruiser, built by Ron Thornton, for the 1986 movie Night of the Creeps, which was later reused for the third season episode "Booby Trap".
A decade later, Burg, now member of visual effects company Foundation Imaging, also did the conceptual artwork for the USS Voyager's crash landing in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Timeless" wbm, as well as creating, both concept with Dan Curry and CGI build with John Teska, Species 8472 for Voyager (VOY Season 4 DVD special feature, "The Birth of Species 8472"), and on which he co-authored an article for the UK publication Effects Special. Burg was also responsible for the design and build of the CGI model of the Species 8472 bioship. In 2001 he worked as visual effects art director on the Director's cut version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
On his work on Species 8472, Burg was interviewed for Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 2. As CGI illustrator, Burg has contributed to several outings in the Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar series.
Career outside Star trek Edit
A self-taught illustrator, Steve Burg was born in New Jersey, but did receive a formal education after he moved to California, becoming an alumnus of the Film Graphics and Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. Burg has worked as animator, conceptual artist, illustrator, and storyboard artist on projects such as the adventure The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, together with a slew of future Star Trek alumni), the horror film The Wraith (1986), the science fiction adventure The Abyss (1989), the science fiction film Total Recall (1990), the science fiction sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), J. Michael Straczynski's television series Babylon 5 (1993, already in the employ of Foundation Imaging), the science fiction films Contact (1997) and The Matrix (1999), the animated Titan A.E. (2000), Bryan Singer's superhero adaptation X-Men (2000), the science fiction comedy Evolution (2001), the remake The Time Machine (2002), the fantasy film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), the science fiction film AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), and more recently the Alien prequel Prometheus (2012).
- "Species 8472–design concept", Effects Special, Volume 1.1, 1998, pp. 60-66 - Co-author
- Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars - Co-illustrator
- 2003 - May and October spreads
- "Behind the Scenes: Designing Species 8472", Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 2, 2001, pp. 27-33