The kids are back in school and the leaves are turning orange on the trees. It can mean only one thing. It’s time to release the fall edition of Cinefex, the premier magazine for visual effects professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Cinefex issue 143 is bulging with big stories. In fact, even the smallest story is big. Yes, I’m talking about Ant-Man, in which cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is hired by biochemist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to battle a rival weapons manufacturer in the development of a serum that can shrink a protagonist to ant size, imbuing microscopic combatants with super powers.
Starting with The Terminator in issue 21, we can proudly say that Cinefex has delivered in-depth effects coverage of every Terminator film to date. Terminator Genisys is no exception, so if you want to know exactly how those duelling T-800s were created, this issue is for you. Another old franchise friend comes in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Tom Cruise returns as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, as the IMF team undertakes its most audacious feats of espionage and daring to date.
Also featured in Cinefex 143 is The Walk, Robert Zemeckis’s gripping dramatisation of the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a French high-wire artist who in 1974 attempted to walk a steel cable strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan to talk about our behind-the-scenes analysis of the latest films by leading moviemakers …
Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk
You know the kind of day that, by the time it’s all over, makes you wish you’d stayed in bed? You’re rushing out the door to work, and can’t find your keys, and then you get stuck in traffic because the main road to your office has been shut down for construction, and when you stop at the grocery store on the way home, the cash register at the checkout line you’re in breaks down. Yeah, that kind of day.
Issue 143 was that kind of issue. Obstacle begat obstacle, until I found myself paraphrasing Joe Gideon in All That Jazz, looking up to the heavens, and asking, “What? You don’t like visual effects journalism?”
We persevered, and the issue turned out spectacularly well – with only one battle scar visible. (You’ll know it when you see it.)
What I like about this issue is that it offers some “off the beaten path” stories. Joe Fordham explores micro-photography effects in his Ant-Man article, while my Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation piece is as practical effects- and stunt-heavy as any I’ve written for the magazine.
Joe had the privilege of interviewing Robert Zemeckis for his story on The Walk, making for some fascinating commentary on the creative choices involved in dramatising Philippe Petit’s 1974 wire-walk between the World Trade Center towers. We round out the issue with Terminator Genisys, whose cinematic grandpappy, the original Terminator, graced the cover of Cinefex no less than 116 issues ago. That’s a lot of printer’s ink under the bridge.
Even now, we’re hard at work on Cinefex 144. On our travel log this time: Mount Everest and Mars!
Oh, a word of warning before you pick up your copy of the new Cinefex. Don’t forget to switch off the shrink-ray machine first. It may be cool to look like Ant-Man, but you’ll have one heck of a job turning those pages.