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Morphs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ Actors and Their New Film Counterparts

By Jules Ebe on October 2nd 2013

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A few images have begun to travel the internet with the fan following of, well, a Star Trek convention. With that said, I know I am letting my geek show when I admit that I find the images not only amusing, but a great discussion point for fans of the beloved science-fiction franchise.

Recently, a fan decided to blend the faces of Star Trek Original Series actors with the new film counterparts. The images resulted in an interesting take on what it means to live long and prosper – or at least, reboot.

According to ThatNordicGuy, creator of the character morphs, the project started solely for personal amusement and quickly gained momentum on Reddit.

“I did the Kirk-morph for my own amusement after seeing the new Star Trek films the other day. I decided to post them [on Reddit], thinking someone might like them. Soon I had 20,000 views on my morph, so I decided to do more of them. To begin with, I was just going to do 2-3, but things got out of hand pretty fast.

I’m mainly using Sqirlz Morph; a free editing tool, made specifically for face morphs. Downloading it is risky though; you’ll probably get some adware with it. I also use some Photoshop for touch-ups and re-sizing.

The tricky part is learning the texture of faces; what lines go where, how wrinkles work, and so forth.

I don’t have any specific plans for any future morphs. I’m a running out of Star Trek cast, and when that is done… We’ll see!”

[rewind: Star Trek: Into Darkness Behind the Scenes]  

To Live Long and Prosper — Again

Urban-Bones and Kelley-Bones

Urban-Bones and Kelley-Bones

Pine-Kirk and Shatner-Kirk

Pine-Kirk and Shatner-Kirk

Yelchin-Chekhov and Koenig-Chekhov

Yelchin-Chekhov and Koenig-Chekhov

Cumberbatch-Khan and Montalban-Khan

Cumberbatch-Khan and Montalban-Khan

Quinto-Spock and Nimoy-Spock

Quinto-Spock and Nimoy-Spock

Cho-Sulu and Takei-Sulu

Cho-Sulu and Takei-Sulu

Greenwood-Pike and Hunter-Pike

Greenwood-Pike and Hunter-Pike

Pegg-Scotty and Doohan-Scotty

Pegg-Scotty and Doohan-Scotty

Salanda-Uhura and Nichols-Uhura

Salanda-Uhura and Nichols-Uhura

Eve-Carol Marcus and Besch-Carol Marcus

Eve-Carol Marcus and Besch-Carol Marcus

Between the Lines

Though it is a side-effect of the program used to blend the features of each actor’s face, I find the transparent nature of the overlays intriguing. They are obviously digitally manipulated, with the images blended, yet not seamlessly created. Personally, that is part of their charm. It is something that could never exist in real life, and each image makes no qualms about its oddity and otherness as a blended, yet separate image.

For more images from ThatNordicGuy, such as blended X-Men actors, check out his Reddit here.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Images Credit: ThatNordicGuy

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is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

2 Comments

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  1. Claudine

    This is a great page. I really enjoy your articles.
    The Star Trek morphs are a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing them.
    I thought you might want to correct Zoe Saldana’s name in the content.
    Thanks,
    Claudine

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  2. ThatNordicGuy

    Thank you for you kind words.

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