Why are you here?
It’s a profound question. But don’t panic – I’m not going to get bogged down in all that “I think, therefore I am” nonsense. I just want to know why you’re here. As in here reading the brand-new Cinefex blog.
To help you get to grips with this tricky existential question, I’ve devised a simple checklist. Using it couldn’t be simpler. Just scan the items and make a mental note of every one that applies to you. Ready? Set? Go!
- You like robots, monsters, dizzying cityscapes and anything that explodes.
- You’re able to use the term “subsurface scattering” in everyday conversation.
- You always stay in your movie theatre seat until the last credit has rolled.
- Your online avatar has spent most of this year tinted green.
- You’ve just about worn out the frame-by-frame viewing button on your Blu-ray player’s remote control.
- You always look for the join where the live action meets the matte painting.
- You know at least 10 different quotes from Star Wars.
- Your friends are always telling you to shut up about how the shot was done and just watch the damn film.
- Your blood runs cold whenever you hear the phrase, “We’ll fix it in post.”
- You know where the zipper is in the back of the monster suit.
How did you score? If just one of the above rings a bell, the Cinefex blog is the place for you. If you identify with all ten, I hope you’ll settle in and make yourself comfortable, because I reckon we have a lot in common.
So, now you’re reading the blog, what can you expect to find here? Well, stuff about visual effects, obviously. I’ll be here with a new article every Tuesday. Cinefex publisher Don Shay nabbed yesterday’s inaugural slot (well, it is his magazine, after all), but as a special launch bonus I’ll be here all through this week, with a new post on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, before settling into my regular weekly routine.
My plan is simply to ramble on (as only a good geek can ramble) about whatever’s caught my fancy in the VFX universe. It’s a big universe, one that not only boasts a rich, romantic past, but also holds the promise of some quite astounding miracles still to come. As for what’s happening here in the present, well, that can get pretty exciting, too.
It’s a fair bet some of the articles will feature robots. Others will undoubtedly contain monsters. From time to time, I may even throw in a little subsurface scattering. If you get tired of all that, we’ll take a flight over a dizzying cityscape or two.
Very occasionally, something might explode.
Wait a second. Rewind. We never did answer that opening question, did we? Why are you here? Now’s the time to tell me. Whether you’re an active VFX professional or a movie-obsessed couch potato, I’d love to know what it is about visual effects that makes your pulse race … or maybe your blood boil. Just post your answers in the comments box below. Don’t be shy – you’re among friends.
In the meantime, I’m going to try and get out of this suit. Wouldn’t you know it, the zipper’s stuck again …