If you are a big fan of Star Trek, and of course you are, you will have known about the Star Trek Blog known as the DREX FILES, created by make-up and visual effects master Doug Drexler.
The Oscar winning make-up artist has spent years blogging about his work on the various Star Trek series’ including TNG, DS9 VOY and ENT, he designed various technology including the NX-01 and created various visual effects on the later shows.
So it is with great regret that Doug has had to take down his blog due to claims of taking credit for the many images he has posted over the years, merely by adding his DREX FILES logo to them.
I have been following his blog for a couple of years now, which was the inspiration behind this, my blog. I have followed his stories from being on set, his design progress on various ships and sets, and also the other stuff he has been up to since Enterprise was prematurely cancelled, including his work on Battlestar Gallactica: Blood and Chrome.
The guy is a genius, but with that, he always gave credit where it was due, and always made it clear if the work wasn’t his own. He had other Star Trek crew adding to his blog, including John Eaves, Mike Okuda and Andrew Probert to name a few.
I am personally gutted about this, I will miss the images yes, I am a sucker for starship pictures, but more than that, I will miss his stories, his personal photos, the campaigns he both supports and starts (Galileo Restoration Project, Enterprise season 5 Netflix campaign), his video blogs, and the heads-up he gives in regard to the Ships Of The Line calendar series.
From Doug’s facebook page:
“You know how I brand all the images I post with Drex Files. Several of my VFX colleagues took exception to that. They felt I was claiming credit for it all by doing that. I received a couple of angry notes that were upsetting. I felt the best thing was to off-line it for now. My intention was never to steal credit, in fact I felt like I was promoting everyone’s work. Drex Files regulars know that I note credits for work whenever I have the info, and if I don’t, I appeal to the audience to speak up if they know something about it.
So for now, the Drex Files is dark, at least until I have a chance to think about it and review it.”
I have contacted Doug personally, offering my support, and hope to have a reply soon, which, if appropriate, will be posted here.
Please join me in supporting the Star Trek Art Master
Timeline Reply from Doug:
Darren! You do my heart good! Thanks so much for the kind words! I surely appreciate the support! Like McArthur, Drex Files will return!