Cinefex 140 is here! The latest issue of the leading magazine for visual effects professionals and enthusiasts is now available, and features behind-the-scenes analysis of the latest films by leading moviemakers.
Headlining this quarter’s edition is Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s grand space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. You won’t want to miss Jody Duncan’s in-depth article, That Our Feet May Leave, which explores every corner of the film’s remarkable suite of effects, from Scott Fisher’s on-set special effects, through the various practical effects by New Deal Studios, to Double Negative‘s stunning visual effects.
Jody’s second article examines the visual effects of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. This latest retelling of the story of Moses in Egypt stars Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul, and boasts spectacular effects sequences led by Double Negative, with support from MPC, The Senate, Method Studios and The Third Floor.
Our third article is Joe Fordham’s Nowhere Man, which analyses the latest film from idiosyncratic filmmaker Terry Gilliam: The Zero Theorem. This mind-bending fantasy about a neurotic computer genius (Christoph Waltz) who falls in love with a beautiful avatar (Mélanie Thierry) is a feast for the eyes, thanks to the remarkable work of 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.
Last up is Joe’s Q&A session with Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, veteran practical effects specialists whose creative partnership at their company Amalgamated Dynamics, Incorporated has spanned 25 years. Tom and Alec talk to Joe about the early days, when they worked on films including Starship Troopers, Tremors, and multiple Alien films, and comes right up to date with their respective directorial debuts on the crowdfunded features Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs and Harbinger Down.
So what does Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan have to say about the movies covered in our latest issue? Let’s find out:
Jody Duncan – From The Editor’s Desk
It is always particularly gratifying for me to work on an issue in which we’re covering movies or filmmakers about which I am passionate. This was such an issue.
Having written a book on The Dark Knight Trilogy with Cinefex associate publisher Janine Pourroy a couple of years ago, the respect and admiration I’d had for Christopher Nolan ever since seeing the remarkable Memento grew to cosmic proportions. I’ve never been a ‘fan-boy,’ (which, I believe, has been an advantage in my job as editor of Cinefex), but I have some fan-boy inclinations when it comes to Nolan. He is not only a brilliantly original writer and director, he is – by all accounts – a man of exceedingly fine character.
So, my excitement level rose at the prospect of covering Nolan’s Interstellar. I knew that I would, most likely, interview him, as he’s been generous with Cinefex in that regard. I knew that there would be miniatures involved, which makes for compelling text and images. And I knew that the movie itself would be interesting and different. The man and the movie exceeded my expectations.
Issue 140 offered cherries atop the delicious Interstellar sundae. A Q&A with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics, Incorporated by Joe Fordham was, again, a chance to talk about practical effects. Having interviewed both Alec and Tom numerous times in the past, I knew they would make for a fascinating conversation. They did not disappoint.
Ridley Scott is another filmmaker I admire tremendously, and I got to see him in action as ‘presenter’ at an early press screening of selected scenes from Exodus: Gods and Kings. He encouraged us to gather in the middle of the theater, and then he sat on the arm of an aisle seat, very laid back, very un-showmanlike, and gave pithy and funny little introductions to each scene we were about to view. He charmed us all.
Finally, Issue 140 features coverage of the fascinating Terry Gilliam’s latest project, The Zero Theorem. Joe Fordham interviewed Gilliam, and his sparkling commentary runs throughout Joe’s story.
Nolan, Scott, Gilliam, Gillis, Woodruff. Now there’s a Cinefex issue!
After an introduction like that, I’m sure you’re all ready for launch. So strap yourselves in. The boosters are primed and this sucker is all set to break through the stratosphere. Stow all loose items, turn off your cells and spit out your gum. Are you ready for Cinefex 140? Let’s rock and roll!