Are you a fan of visual effects? Or do you just plain love movies and everything that goes into making them? Do you wish you could go backstage on all those classic old films from the 80s and 90s, not to mention all your faves from the 21st century? You know the films I mean. Star Wars and Star Trek, every film in the Alien franchise, Blade Runner, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Titanic, Iron Man … phew, that list sure goes on, doesn’t it?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to the above questions, you probably already know that the go-to place for all the juicy technical detail you crave is contained within the pages of Cinefex, a quarterly journal of cinema visual effects that was first published in March 1980 and, by golly, is still going strong. You may even have read my retrospective articles on Cinefex‘s first forty issues and thought, ‘Boy, I wish I could get my hands on the originals.’
Well, now you can.
New Scribbler Press have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds they need to complete their marathon task of bringing the entire Cinefex archive to the iPad. That’s 126 issues – over thirty years of in-depth visual effects analysis – digitised and fully enhanced with intelligent search, images remastered to high resolution and literally millions of words of text that will, I guarantee it, whisk you back in time and drop you behind the scenes on every film you ever loved. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch the video and you’ll be convinced:
The Cinefex Classic Collection Kickstarter campaign has a range of investment options, starting from a mere $20 for a specially curated Star Wars collection and running all the way up to $500 for a double-feature twin set of the complete back catalogue. Early birds will be able to snap up their own personal copy of the entire archive for just $250.