Trinneer To Produce Documentary With Makeup Artist LewisBy Michelle
June 9, 2005 - 6:39 PM
Star Trek: Enterprise actor Connor Trinneer and former Star Trek makeup artist Jeff Lewis have formed a production company and are working together on a documentary film, Boris and Bela, A Haunting Collaboration.
A profile of Lewis at the Edwardsville Intelligencer, published in Lewis' Illinois home town, notes that the multi-Emmy-nominated makeup artist had worked on Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Insurrection and Nemesis as well as Enterprise, where he met Trinneer. Since the series' cancellation, said Lewis, "I miss the people, but not the hours." He has relocated his family to Illinois and explained that he was enjoying spending time with his son, Sam, whom he rarely saw during long hours of applying Borg makeup to actors.
Lewis noted that as a child he wanted to recreate Frankenstein, Dracula and other scary monsters with his Halloween masks, which led to work in the Illinois State University theatre department as a makeup artist and later to a move to California, where a job on Fox's children's series Beatleborgs earned him acceptance into the Makeup Artists Union. From there he worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek in addition to films such as Batman.
It was these interests which led to his collaboration with Trinneer. Presumably, Boris and Bela refers to horror movie giants Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, who played Dracula, Frankenstein and dozens of other undead and paranormal roles between them over a period of more than 50 years. The two worked together in more than ten films.
It was established in several Enterprise episodes that Trinneer's character, Trip Tucker, was a fan of old horror movies. In "Horizon" he invited T'Pol to attend a Frankenstein marathon with him.
"I like creating projects," Lewis said. "There's more creativity in producing than makeup." He produced a series of commercials for the Olympics and is currently working on a television show for a major network.