In 1964, young Mike Trim answered a newspaper advertisement seeking modelmakers for a film production crew and began an odyssey that would last for more than 40 years. Beginning in the final days of Stingray, Trim would work as a modelmaker 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 (a.k.a. Doppleganger).
Starting out in the model shop, Mike eventually became Special Effects director Derek Meddings' assistant in designing the fabulous futuristic vehicles, buildings, and look of the Andersons' imaginitive series. Eventually, he would take on the bulk of design work for the series as Meddings became more involved in feature films.
Contributing a single (unused) vehicle design and model to Space: 1999, Trim then 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.
Today, Mike is a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer for film and television. He lives in the south of England.
The Mike Trim Art Blog!
We've set up a blog to post news about the book, Mike's projects, upcoming appearances, and anything else we find relevant. Currently featuring artwork that didn't make it into the book due to space limitations! Click Here to go to the Mike Trim Art Blog!
FAB Future for Filmfax fans!
The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim is being serialized in the next 2 or 3 issues of fan favorite FILMFAX magazine! That's right, the entire text of the book (and many of the illustrations) will be in upcoming issues of Filmfax, the magazine of unusual film, television, & retro pop culture, continuing in late November with the Fall '07 issue, above. The magazine has elected to include several images not included in the Hermes Press edition of the book, making the issues must-have items for completists and collectors. Find out more in the Mike Trim Art Blog - Click Here!
Video Trailer for The Future was FAB!
Click the image above to watch a short video trailer for The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim on youtube.com!
Commissions & Art For SaleMike is currently accepting commissions for original art in all media! Pencil sketches, colored pencil or marker renderings, full color paintings - Mike now has some time available for these projects. Pricing depends on the size, complexity, and medium you choose. Mike is also selling selected original illustrations as seen in The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim. For more information, please describe what you're looking for in an email to the Webmaster by clicking here. We'll get back in touch with a price and delivery time estimate as soon as possible.
5/31/06 - A diorama based on Mike's album cover painting for Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds won a merit award at Wonderfest, a model and toy convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The diorama was created by modeler Matt Johnson. The display case was about 3 feet long and was wired to play "Thunderchild" from the score of the album.
Wonderfest's model contest is the largest in America for sci-fi and fantasy models, which are displayed anonymously for judging. For more information on Wonderfest, visit their website at wonderfest.com.
Mike's Current ProjectNEW 04/18/2006 - Mike is currently working at Shepperton Studios in London, designing and helping to
create the models for a Sean Robinson produced project entitled Agent Crush. Set in the near future, it blends the adventures of a James Bond style hero with all the bangs, thrills, and fantastic craft action found in
the original Century 21 series. Filming will start shortly.
The Future was FAB: The Art Of Mike Trim
New Book Of Mike's Art from Hermes Press!The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim is an in-depth look at the career of this creative and talented man. Featuring hundreds of full color and black & white drawings, paintings, marker comps, and photos from his entire career, the book offers a detailed view of how to foretell the future at the end of a paintbrush. Along the way, Mike relates humorous and interesting stories of his years working with Derek Meddings and the Century 21 Films crew, as well as his experiences as a freelance artist and how the instantly recognizable cover art for The War of The Worlds was designed. 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 the last 40 years.
By Anthony Taylor with Mike Trim
Forewords by Richard Taylor and David Tremont of Weta Workshop
Published by Hermes Press
128 pages, Trade Paperback - 8.5"x 11"
Limited Edition Hardcover available separately
Now Available By Clicking HERE!