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The Optical

By Mark Boszko

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A journey back through the annals of Cinefex magazine, talking about the movies and topics they covered 30+ years ago. We'll talk to people involved in the films, people who make movies, and people who love movies, and hopefully have a fun time doing it.

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Love the concept of following along with the classic Cinefex issues. The guests/host do a great job of adding interesting discussions and insight about visual effects and film-making from an industry point of view.

Can't wait for more episodes.

An Entertaining Look Back

This is a fun podcast looking back at old-school special effects movies via the pages of Cinefex magazine. A well-informed host, along with knowledgable guests, add a present day perspective. Definitely worth a listen!

So far, so great

It’s only been one episode, but I really like where this podcast is going. I try to listen to podcasts most of my workday so I’ve got a decent sized subscription list and this one is certain to stay. I’m a long-time “special effects” nerd and have followed the industry forever…through the very early years to the 50’s & 60’s with Harryhausen, etc. Then the breakthroughs by Trumbull and Dykstra in the 70’s to the amazing work by ILM and friends, to the absolute amazing digital FX that we have today. And it sounds like this podcast will cover them all, following Cinefex’s historical lineup as a reference. My only minor comment would be to avoid the trap (reminds me of an old Chris Farley SNL sketch) of “remember Star Wars….that was awesome”. But a lot of that can be chalked up to first episode “jitters” and will be tightened up along the way. I’m very excited about this podcast and wish them nothing but success!

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