One day in 1981, in a tiny comic shop in London, I stumbled over an American magazine called Cinefex. Within its pages, I discovered a number of ultra-detailed articles about visual effects, a subject that had fascinated me for some time. The films under discussion were Dragonslayer and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The issue also contained a thought-provoking study of the brand new technologies behind some new-fangled process called computer imaging.
It was love at first sight.
Thirty-three years later, my fascination with visual effects hasn’t diminished. And my love affair with Cinefex is still going strong. That’s why the package that just came through my door is so special. Inside were my author’s copies of Cinefex #136, which contains my debut article for the magazine – Formula For Fire, an in-depth analysis of the VFX of Ron Howard’s F1 film Rush. It’s my first serious piece of published non-fiction, and I’m very proud of it.
Cinefex #136 – which also features definitive coverage of Gravity, Thor: The Dark World and Carrie – is available direct from the publishers’ website. Alternatively, try that little comic shop I mentioned – it’s called Forbidden Planet, and it’s now an international chain of stores. You can enjoy Cinefex either in traditional print form, through your web browser or as a stunning interactive iPad edition. The latter features a host of additional high-resolution pictures and exclusive video content.