Actor’s “instruction manual” for the Star Trek: The Motion Picture bridge

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This is a real cool one. In 1978, when they were filming Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the production designer put together an “instruction manual” of the Enterprise bridge for the actors. Yes, the actors had actual guidance as to what buttons to push depending on what their character should be doing. Supposedly, continuity people were also using this material as a reference – to make sure the actors were correctly manning their stations.

This was one of the first “blueprints” I ever bought, from Lincoln Enterprises. Photo-copied on legal paper with two clips binding the sheets together. It was the first “official” blueprints I ever bought, and knowing the same material was used by Shatner, Nimoy, et al made it super-special to me.

Here is a PDF of those blueprints! Right-click to download and enjoy!