Now Showing – Cinefex 145

by Graham Edwards

Cinefex 145 - From the Editor's Desk

Wait! What? That’s not right. It’s only two months since the last Cinefex was out. It can’t be time for a new issue already.

Yes, it can! We’re now publishing Cinefex every two months, instead of every quarter. That’s six issues annually instead of four – 50% more from the world’s premier visual effects magazine, each and every year!

And what an issue to launch our new publishing schedule with. If you haven’t already guessed by the cover, Cinefex 145 transports you to a galaxy far, far away, with in-depth coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In the article, Roger Guyett and his team of artists discuss the film’s visual effects, Chris Corbould talks about the nuts and bolts of the practical effects, and Neal Scanlan peels back the masks of all those amazing creatures. On top of that, there’s exclusive interview material with director J.J. Abrams, plus a host of behind-the-scenes secrets you won’t read about anywhere else. Trust us, you really won’t want to miss this one!

Chris Corbould also features in our article on Spectre, where he gives us the lowdown on the latest Bond movie’s record-breaking special effects, while visual effects supervisor Steve Begg navigates us through the film’s seamless VFX, ably assisted by an international multi-vendor team.

As if that’s not enough, we’ve got expansive articles on The Revenant and The Finest Hours, not to mention a little extra in the robot department … but wait, I’ll let Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan tell you all about that  …

Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk

Issue 145 marks a happy return to Star Wars, the franchise that was a catalyst not only for major advances in visual effects, but also for the creation of Cinefex itself.

So top-secret were the details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our story’s writer, Joe Fordham, had to operate in spy mode. Not only did he slip into Industrial Light & Magic under cover, but he also signed a non-disclosure agreement in blood, underwent Enhanced Interrogation Techniques to determine if he would break under pressure … okay, not really – but the security around this project was intense, and Joe went to great pains to protect the film’s secrets. His final piece spills the beans with details and behind-the-scenes insights that you won’t find anywhere else.

Speaking of spies – Graham Edwards, in his inaugural story as Cinefex senior staff writer, offers the definitive coverage of the effects, both practical and digital, in the latest Bond film, Spectre. Then there are my two articles, both concerning non-effects films that could only have been made using visual effects – my favorite type of story. In The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance and ILM’s animated grizzly combined to deliver cinema’s most realistic and terrifying mauling sequence ever. Likewise, MPC’s CG stormy seas in The Finest Hours delivered much of the drama surrounding four Coast Guardsmen who set out to rescue the crew of a tanker cleaved in two.

We round out the issue with a visual effects supervisor Q&A for Ex Machina, a little film that had slipped under our radar, but which then earned our attention – and Oscar’s, as well.

I hope you enjoy Cinefex 145 – the first issue to be produced on our new bimonthly schedule!

Thanks, Jody!

Issue 145 of Cinefex is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, stand by your mailbox – your copy is already on its way. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.

Oh, and when you’ve read the new issue from cover to cover, don’t despair. Now that our new bimonthly publishing schedule is up and running, you won’t have long to wait before the next one!

Cinefex has gone bimonthly

2 thoughts on “Now Showing – Cinefex 145

  1. Just got my copy in the mail today (I’d ordered it a couple of days ago), and I can’t wait to read it! Hard to believe that I’ve been reading CINEFEX on a regular basis since the early 1990s back in my college days….time flies!

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