I just watched this last night. It’s available to view online for a short time. It’s not directly about Star Trek, but rather the marriage and careers of Harold Michelson and his wife Lillian. Harold was the production designer on the first Star Trek film. But he was a major industry vet on the art and production side, working on many famous movies as a conceptual and storyboard artist too.
His wife ran the research library for various studios over the years, and for nearly a decade worked at Paramount. It’s never explicitly stated that she worked on the shows or movies, but Harold actually took the TMP job because she was a big science fiction reader and fan of the TV series. Also, there was a shot of her workspace, probably at Paramount, where Star Trek was listed with a bunch of other productions.
They don’t talk at length about Star Trek, but they do cover it. He talks a bit about the warp core design and the forced perspective set in engineering. There are a few photos that I don’t recall seeing anywhere else. He also mentions that it’s one of the projects he can mention that will get people’s attention, for professional reasons or otherwise.
But mostly it’s about his whole career, her work, and their relationship. It’s a very cute love story.
I didn’t know a lot about the guy. Most of what I’ve heard over the years came from other production personnel who were frustrated that he didn’t care as much as they did whether a set could fit inside the saucer or not. So it was usually a little dismissive. But watching his life story, I came away pretty impressed with his work and skillset both artistic and technical. There was some interesting stuff about shots from famous movies that were directly inspired by his storyboards. The famous shot under Anne Bancroft’s leg in The Graduate, was his idea, etc. Also some interesting stuff about how he was good with renderings that could account for various lenses and the technical nature of that talent.
Anyway, I thought I’d recommend it to the folks here who might appreciate it.