Now Showing – Cinefex 152

Cinefex 152 - From the Editor's Desk

Filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack had a motto about the kind of story they liked to tell: “Make it distant, difficult and dangerous.”

Those three adjectives certainly describe the movie they co-directed in 1933 – the original King Kong. They also apply to Kong: Skull Island, the action-packed reboot that’s been thumping its chest at the box office this Spring. That’s why we’re proud to feature the big ape himself on the front cover of our latest issue, with a stunning exclusive picture of Kong chowing down on the giant squid he’s just earmarked for lunch.

Not only will Cinefex 152 transport you to a lost Pacific island filled with mythical monsters, but our new edition also contains an eerie insider look at A Cure for Wellness, blood-splattered coverage of Logan, and a towering article on The Great Wall.

Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan with more details about our April 2017 edition:

Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk

I don’t think it is stretching too far to say that if there hadn’t been a 1933 King Kong, there wouldn’t have been a Cinefex.

If there hadn’t been a King Kong, it wouldn’t have been broadcast on television every day for a week one summer in 1955. And if it hadn’t been broadcast, a certain ten-year-old boy in upstate New York wouldn’t have watched it every day that week, instilling in him a passion for movie special effects. Twenty-four years later, that boy founded this magazine.

Many movie Kongs have come and gone since then, and some have been more satisfying than others – but, no matter its commercial or artistic success, there is always a warmth in our editorial loins when we get to cover a King Kong movie. He is our spiritual father, our Grand Poobah, our main man.

Graham Edwards dug deep for his definitive story on the latest Kong: Skull Island, brought to us by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and the visual effects crews at Industrial Light & Magic, Hybride Technologies and Rodeo FX.

Joe Fordham tells the behind-the-scenes story of A Cure for Wellness, a Victorian-era creep-fest that makes encounters with a 100-foot-tall ape look like child’s play. Logan – the last Wolverine picture that will feature Hugh Jackman in the role – and The Great Wall fill out our issue #152.

Happy Spring, everyone!

Cinefex 152 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will be roaring its way into your mailbox very soon. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.

Meet Cinefex at VRLA Expo 2017

The Dreamsmiths Unleashed - Cinefex at VRLA 2017If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, here’s your chance to meet us in person. Cinefex has a booth at the world’s largest immersive technology expo, VRLA Expo 2017. If you’re in the main hall, drop in and say hello – we’d love to meet you!

We’re also hosting a panel at VRLA at 4:30pm on Saturday, April 15. The moderator is Cinefex’s very own Bernice Howes, and the speakers are Emily Cooper, producer and director at Holor Media, Ben Grossmann, co-founder and CEO of Magnopus, Aruna Inversin, creative director and VFX supervisor at Digital Domain, and Sam Macaroni, director at Thundership.

The title of Saturday’s panel is From VFX to VR: How to Transition. If you’ve picked up a copy of our February 2017 issue, Cinefex 151, you’ll already have a head-start on this hot topic. In our article The Dreamsmiths Unleashed, we spoke with a wide range of VR industry professionals – including Ben and Aruna from our panel – about the business of virtual reality, the state of the art, and the close ties VR has with visual effects.

In the article, Ben Grossmann – a former visual effects supervisor – had this to say about his experience of transitioning from VFX to VR:

“Over the past decade or so, the problems we’ve challenged in visual effects have gotten harder, but we’ve overcome them all … So, our enthusiasm to take storytelling into new areas was starting to run a little bit dry … If we really want to explore ways to make an audience feel more immersed, then we need to move beyond the rectangle.”

Hear our speakers dig deeper into this fascinating subject at our panel on Saturday. You’ll find VRLA Expo 2017 happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center, April 14-15, 2017. For more information, and to buy your pass, visit the VRLA website.

Photograph courtesy of Magnopus.