If it’s variety you crave, look no further than our brand new issue, Cinefex 156. Not only do we explore the superheroic action of Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman, but we also delve into the practical effects and digital delights of The Shape of Water and It. Last but not least, we remember the true-life firefighting superheroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Only the Brave.
Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan to round off the year with her personal take on the contents of our 2017 winter edition:
Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk
Thirty years ago, I had an infant daughter whose father was working the graveyard shift at a local radio station when I settled in to read Stephen King’s horror novel, It. Alone in our townhouse late at night, my baby sleeping upstairs in her crib, I dove into the story of Pennywise the clown, a mauler and abductor of children, and one very bad hombré. Increasingly uneasy, I got up to turn on all the lights in the house, and checked that my baby was still safely in her crib. I read some more. I started at the smallest sound. I checked my baby again. I read more.
As the night wore on, I became so terrified that I sat on the floor outside my daughter’s bedroom, house lights still blazing, and nodded off with my head against the wall. The next night, I put down It in favor of a less intense read – like The Exorcist.
It was with some wariness, therefore, that I approached the new feature film adaptation of It, directed by Andy Muschietti, with makeup effects by Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated and visual effects by Rodeo FX. As it turned out, I very much enjoyed covering the film for our issue 156 – and throughout the writing process, I checked on my now 30-year-old daughter only once or twice to reassure myself that she was still with us and not floating in some horrible sewer cistern.
Superheroes also get their due in #156, with Joe Fordham’s coverage of Wonder Woman and Graham Edwards’ story on Thor: Ragnarok, this issue’s cover boy. Graham also explores the wonderful Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, and among the highlights of his article are the many insightful comments from suit performer Doug Jones.
In terms of effects shot count, Only the Brave – about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who suffered the loss of 19 firefighters in a wildfire near Prescott, Arizona, in 2013 – was a modest project, but what it lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality, as Industrial Light & Magic’s fire simulations proved indistinguishable from special effects supervisor Mike Meinardus’ controlled burns on set and on location.
Wishing everyone the happiest of holiday seasons!
Cinefex 156 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will be hammering through 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.