Cinefex 140 Preview

by Graham Edwards

Cinefex 140 "Interstellar" cover

The next issue of Cinefex magazine is just around the corner. Yes, the presses are rolling on issue 140, and our digital team is busy finalising the online and enhanced iPad editions. So we thought it’s about time we unveiled the cover, with its spectacular shot of the Ranger spacecraft docked to the Endurance station, from Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic Interstellar.

Paul Franklin tweets about "Interstellar"We’re not the only ones excited about our latest cover. Not only did it debut on the official Interstellar Facebook page and Twitter feed, but the film’s visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin tweeted these comments about it:

Here’s a run-down of the four articles featured in Cinefex 140, which is locked, loaded, ready for launch on December 15, and available to pre-order in our online store right now:

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan directs Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in an adventure story about interstellar space travel. Co-written by Nolan and brother Jonathan, the film is a journey of discovery, realized in part through stunning visual effects images created by Double Negative. As he had with the Dark Knight trilogy and other films, however, Nolan sought to capture as much action as possible in-camera, with on-set special effects orchestrated by Scott Fisher, and other practical effects by New Deal Studios.

The Zero Theorem

A neurotic computer genius (Christoph Waltz), employed by a vast futuristic company named Mancrom, attempts to find a mathematical formula that may lead to the meaning of life, but instead falls in love with a beautiful avatar (Mélanie Thierry) and slowly loses his mind. Filmmaker Terry Gilliam brings his idiosyncratic visual flair to create a nightmarish technological world and phantasmagoric landscapes working with production designer David Warren, special effects supervisor Nick Allder, and visual effects supervisors Felix Lepadatu, Jonah Loop and Fredrik Nord at LenscareFX, Haymaker, The Chimney Pot Group and Bold Turtle Productions.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul star in director Ridley Scott’s retelling of the biblical account of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. Spain and Mexico stood in for Egypt throughout filming. Double Negative provided visual effects to imbue the film with a grandeur and epic scale befitting its source material, with additional effects support from MPC, The Senate, Method Studios and The Third Floor.

Q&A: Tom Woodruff Jr and Alec Gillis

An in-depth look into the history and more recent adventures of special makeup effects designers and creature creators Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, co-founders of Amalgamated Dynamics, Incorporated. Woodruff and Gillis discuss their backgrounds in the burgeoning 1980s creature effects industry, early assignments at Stan Winston Studio, and their creative partnership that has spanned 25 years, encompassing Death Becomes Her, Starship Troopers, Tremors, multiple Alien films, and more recently Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs and Harbinger Down — a pair of independent monster movies, wrought with passion and crowdfunded resources, that mark Woodruff’s and Gillis’ feature directing debuts.

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