The full head Klingon mask was used in Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country during the famous courtroom scenes. Thousands of Klingons were initially imagined as being inside Star Trek VI‘s Klingon courtroom. However, this quantity had to eventually be lessened because the production was limited to including only sixty-six background performers selected to play Klingons. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 22, No. 5, p. 55). In order to dress that many actors in Klingon makeup, the background actors in the upper balconies wore these full faced masks to make the process quicker than actually attaching individual prosthetics to their faces.
The latex head has been completely painted and airbrushed with hair attached behind the forehead ridges. Facial hair has been added for eyebrows and a two part beard. Under the hair at the back of the head is a concealed Velcro strip to allow the wearer to take the mask on and off more easily.
The makeup team for the movie was: Kenny Myers was the makeup department head; Michael Mills was the makeup supervisor; R Christopher Biggs, Ed French & Cat’ania McCoy-Howze were the special makeup effects artists; Gil Mosko, Michael Key, Brian McManus & Michael F Blake were the makeup artists.
For Star Trek VI, Richard Snell was made responsible for designing and fabricating all the Klingon make-ups, enormous numbers of which were needed. In fact, more Klingons are featured in Star Trek VI than those in the franchise’s earlier films combined. The task of creating sixty-six suitably realistic Klingon make-ups was at first deemed too much of a workload for the movie’s limited make-up department to take on, in the times allotted. “Fortunately, Paramount was gracious enough to say, ‘Do what you have to do. If you need 66 Klingons, then hire accordingly’ and we did,” reflected Make-Up Supervisor Michael J. Mills. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 22, No. 5, p. 33) Klingon appliances were produced by a staff employed by Snell’s makeup lab. (Cinefex, No. 49, p. 44) Noted Snell, “On certain days, we had upwards of 75 to 80 makeup people working.” (Cinefantastique, Vol. 22, No. 5, p. 33) Here is an interview with Richard Snell who speaks about applying of Klingon Makeup in Star Trek VI.
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