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Cinefex (launched in 1980) is a quarterly professional movie special effects magazine. It is among the first dedicated special effects magazines ever produced, at a time where computer generated imagery effects were not as common. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ...


Cinefex is also among the very few magazines which do not advertise inside material on the cover, though an alternate edition with this feature is also in publication to conform to this guideline among magazine publishers. Cinefex is also one of the only magazines that has enough respect for its readers to print out a separate version for subscribers that does not have a bar code printed on the front cover. This allows the beautiful cover image to be viewed unobstructed.


Within its pages can be found lengthy and detailed articles about the special effects (both physical and CGI) of a certain upcoming movie, composed mainly of various interviews with the people involved and coupled with extensive behind-the-scenes photographs. Being a professional industry publication, Cinefex also comprises full-page advertisements for special effects houses, as well as acknowledgements and dedications (orbituaries etc.)


When launched in 1980, Don Shay ran the magazine himself. As the magazine gained readers, he was able to hire trusted friends and highly skilled writers to assist him in making this magazine a success. Don continues to be the publisher for Cinefex. In the relatively small staff, a few have made the greatest impact on the magazine. Jody Duncan is the editor and also writes many articles. Associate editor Joe Fordham also writes many articles, as does Don's wife Estelle Shay, Editorial Assistant. Michael C. Gross is the design consultant, Bill Lindsey is the advertising director, Margie Duncan is the Production Manager, Samantha Lane is the Circulation Manager, and Gregg Shay is the Webmaster. Michael C. Gross is an American artist and film producer. ...


Cinefex hit its 25th anniversary in 2005, with issue number 100 being published in January of that year. This issue was full of grateful congratulations for Don and the staff from prominent companies and people in the industry. Fxguide.com ran a podcast interviewing Shay, entitled Cinefex: 25 Years of Respect. Don Shay was honored with a Visual Effects Society (VES) award. He received the Board of Directors Award for "illuminating the field of visual effects through his role as publisher of Cinefex."


Quotes about Cinefex:



"The art of visual effects is to seamlessly combine what is real and what is created. Cinefex elegantly documents all the behind-the-scenes hard work that goes into making effects look effortless. For an intricate study of the science behind the 'magic,' there is no other source than Cinefex." - Stan Winston, Character Creator


"Cinefex conveys to film enthusiasts a passion for special effects once limited only to its technical artisans. Detailed visual coverage and revealing insights into the cutting edge of technology make Cinefex required reading for anyone interested in the new era of filmmaking." - George Lucas, Director/Filmmaker


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Cinefex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (520 words)
Cinefex (launched in 1980) is a quarterly professional movie special effects magazine.
Cinefex is also among the very few magazines which do not advertise inside material on the cover, though an alternate edition with this feature is also in publication to conform to this guideline among magazine publishers.
Cinefex is also one of the only magazines that has enough respect for its readers to print out a separate version for subscribers that does not have a bar code printed on the front cover.
Star Wars: Episode I | Cinefex Features Episode I (789 words)
The latest issue of Cinefex Magazine, the leader in visual effects journalism, features a detailed synopsis of the making of Episode I. The issue devotes itself to interviews and articles about the film and the people who participated in bringing the newest episode of Star Wars to the screen.
From the Art Department, Cinefex moves to Industrial Light & Magic to explore the vast number of special effects in Episode I. The effects shots were divided among three Visual Effects Supervisors at ILM, so that the demanding amount of shots could be efficiently handled in conjunction with the time, money, and labor available.
John Knoll, in addition to supervising several shots himself, served as the on-set representative for the visual effects crew, making sure that plate photography could be matched with the synthetic images being created in the digital realm.
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