Cinefex Diaries – A Little Homage to Blade Runner 2049 Each time we publish a new issue of Cinefex, I produce a short promo video showcasing the magazine’s cover story, and share it on Facebook, Twitter and whatnot. The videos are frequently (sometimes deliberately) homespun. For issue 148, I got my daughter to paint her hand green and swipe her way through our Star Trek … Continue reading Cinefex Diaries – A Little Homage to Blade Runner 2049

Cinefex Diaries – The Dark Tower

If you're a constant reader of this blog, you'll know that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King. You'll also know that his epic series of fantasy novels The Dark Tower is right up there among my favourites. So I was tickled pink to find myself writing about the movie adaptation of The Dark Tower … Continue reading Cinefex Diaries – The Dark Tower

Cinefex Diaries – Thor: Ragnarok

Cinefex 155 hits the streets in just a few days, with headline coverage of Blade Runner 2049 (plus my own article on The Dark Tower). I’ll talk about that in a separate blog post very soon. Right now, I’m dusting down my desk after submitting my final draft articles for Cinefex 156, which is out … Continue reading Cinefex Diaries – Thor: Ragnarok

Rush – it’s a wrap

If you've landed here hoping to learn about the visual effects of Ron Howard's Formula 1 film Rush, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. Yes, I've finished my article on that very subject and yes, I've submitted it to the publishers. But you'll have to wait until it appears in the winter edition of … Continue reading Rush – it’s a wrap

Launching today – the Cinefex blog

Today sees the launch of the brand new Cinefex visual effects blog. It's just gone live so, frankly, the best thing you can do is stop reading this and go there instead. The inaugural post is written by Cinefex publisher Don Shay, and it does a splendid job of setting out the new blog's agenda. While the … Continue reading Launching today – the Cinefex blog

Rush – VFX interviews completed

I've just finished interviewing for my Cinefex article on the visual effects of Rush. The last meeting on my list took me yesterday to Leavesdon Studios in Hertfordshire, UK, where I spent a fascinating hour with my final victim - sorry, interviewee. He's deep into preproduction on a new project, so it was fantastic to … Continue reading Rush – VFX interviews completed

Cinefex through the 1980s

On May 14th 2011 I wrote my first retrospective review of Cinefex, the journal of cinematic illusions. I did it on a whim, thinking it might be fun to wade through my teetering pile of back issues and reappraise some of those old-school visual effects in the light of modern techniques. Thus began my odyssey to … Continue reading Cinefex through the 1980s

Are special effects still special?

Dennis Muren, a living legend in the highly specialised field of visual effects, was recently quoted by as saying, 'In some ways, I think special effects aren't special any more.' It's fighting talk, especially when it's followed up with: 'If you're going to make a motion picture, don't just throw computer graphics in to … Continue reading Are special effects still special?

Avengers Assemble – with Eddie and Gus

EDDIE: So what about the Avengers movie? GUS: Superheroes aren't my favourite genre, but I thought Joss Whedon managed to weave a compelling drama laced with imaginative set-piece action sequences ... EDDIE: Why do you talk like that? Nobody talks like that. GUS: ... while deftly choreographing an impressive ensemble cast and delivering a rousing finale. … Continue reading Avengers Assemble – with Eddie and Gus

Skyfall – with Eddie and Gus

EDDIE: Seen the new Bond film? GUS: Skyfall? Yes. EDDIE: And? GUS: It was most enjoyable. While retaining the reboot grittiness characteristic of the Daniel Craig era, it also restores many of the humorous and romantic sensibilities that have been missing from the franchise recently. EDDIE: What did you do - swallow a dictionary? What you mean is it's got … Continue reading Skyfall – with Eddie and Gus