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.
||CleanThe Optical 026 - The Advent of Sound||Complete show notes (with links) available at http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/026 (coming soon) We explore the fascinating history of sound in films — the trial and error that led from silent f…||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 025 - Barco Escape||Complete show notes (with links) available at http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/025 Star Trek Beyond is currently playing in a new immersive super-widescreen theatrical format called Barco Escape.…||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 024 - IMAX Projectionist Jenn Bentz||Complete show notes (with links) available at http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/024 We talk with Jenn Bentz, IMAX Projectionist at Pacific Science Center, about the IMAX projection experience, the…||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 023 - Howie Weed Remastered||Complete show notes (with links) available at http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/023 In a special edition of the podcast, remastered audio of our 2014 interview with Howie Weed, long time artist at…||1/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 022 - The Right Stuff||We talk about *The Right Stuff* with Joel Page, where at the height of excellent motion control camera work, the USFX team took the shots of supersonic jets and crashing capsules, and went in an entirely different direction.||9/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 021 - Jurassic: From Park to World||Cinefex Editor Jody Duncan comes on to discuss the evolution of digital VFX technology from the original Jurassic Park to the new Jurassic World, including her time on the set of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.||6/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 020 - Return of the Jedi||We chat about the effects of Return of the Jedi with Filmumentaries creator Jamie Benning, covering advances in motion tracking, Steadicam, and what life was like inside Jabba the Hutt.||5/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 019 - Robert Swarthe, One From the Heart, The Outsiders, and Early HD Video||We chat with animator and VFX artist Robert Swarthe about his work on One From the Heart, The Outsiders, a short film test with an early HD video camera, and his unproduced adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s The Fountains of Paradise.||4/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 018 - Robert Swarthe, Close Encounters Special Edition, Star Trek: The Motion Picture||We chat with animator and VFX artist Robert Swarthe about his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind — both the original and Special Editions, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and more!||4/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 017 - Matte Painter Jesse Silver||We chat with matte painter Jesse Silver about his work on Tron, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Labyrinth, moving from real paint to digital for Super Mario Bros., and one high-pressure effects house that had phones in the toilet stalls.||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 016 - Something Wicked This Way Comes||We chat with Brian Covey about the making of Something Wicked This Way Comes, and discover that it might be an overlooked CGI first.||3/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 015 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Cinefex Associate Editor Joe Fordham joins us to discuss the making of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, we try to figure out how E.T.’s innards worked, and discuss Spielberg’s unproduced Night Skies.||2/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 014 - Firefox||We talk the making of Clint Eastwood’s Firefox with Russian speaker Mike Gower, and we marvel at John Dykstra and Apogee’s technical advances for the effects of the super-stealth fighter. до свидания!||2/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 013 - Poltergeist||Mike Gower chats with us about the making of Poltergeist, and we learn how to make ectoplasmic goo and body-sausage water guns.||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 012 - Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend||We talk with Joe Fordham and Jeff Bond, authors of Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend, covering all incarnations of the Apes!||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 011 - Douglas Trumbull, Part 2: Back to the Future… The Ride to Magi and UFOTOG||We talk with Douglas Trumbull about his history as a creator and inventor of VFX and immersive film technology, making Back to the Future… The Ride, and his latest project: the 120 fps, 4K, 3D short film UFOTOG that shows off his new film process, Mag||11/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 010 - Douglas Trumbull, Part 1: From 2001 A Space Odyssey to Brainstorm||We talk with Douglas Trumbull about his history as artist, animator, and VFX legend, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Brainstorm, and hear about what caused him to become a champion of immersive cinema.||10/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 009 - Tron, Harrison Ellenshaw, John Van Vliet, Cinefex 8||We chat with visual effects artists Harrison Ellenshaw and John Van Vliet about their work on the 1982 cult classic Tron, and hear about the hand-drawn animation that people think was CGI, and just how crazy it was to work on the film!||9/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 008 - King Kong, Willis O’Brien, Stop-Motion Animation, Cinefex 7||We chat with creator and publisher of Cinefex, Don Shay, about the life and work of stop motion pioneer Willis O’Brien, including The Lost World, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, and more. Plus, we interview stop-motion animation director Rob Shaw.||8/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 007 - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mark Mangini, Dragonslayer, Go-Motion, Cinefex 6||We interview sound designer Mark Mangini about his career, including his early work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, and chat with film/TV editor Brian Newell about Dragonslayer, and the invention of Go-Motion.||7/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 006 - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Thaine Morris, Filmumentaries, Joe Fordham, Cinefex 6||We chat with Cinefex writer Joe Fordham and TV editor Brian Newell about Raiders of the Lost Ark, interview mechanical effects and pyro legend Thaine Morris about his career, and talk with Jamie Benning about his Filmumentaries behind-the-scenes format.||6/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 005 - Ray Harryhausen, Clash of the Titans, The State of 3D, Roy Arbogast, Caveman, Cinefex 5||We chat with Jose Vazquez about Clash of the Titans, Ray Harryhausen’s other stop-motion, Roy Arbogast, and Caveman. We also interview Ed Marsh about the stop motion techniques in Chicken Run, and discuss the current state (and the future) of 3D movie||5/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 004 - Outland, Altered States, Open Moco, Sensory Deprivation Tanks, Cinefex 4||We chat with Brian Covey about Outland and Altered States, interview Brad Justinen and Shane McKown of Motion Sickness about their Open MoCo project, and take our own dip on a sensory deprivation tank – for SCIENCE!||4/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 003 - Walter Murch, Sound Design, Saul Bass Title Design, Phase IV, Cinefex 3||We chat with Ian Brier about Walter Murch’s sound design for THX 1138, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, Saul Bass’ Phase IV, Scott Leberecht and Christina Lee Storm talk Life After Pi, and Ben Radatz talks Saul Bass title des||3/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 002 - The Empire Strikes Back, Howie Weed, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, Cinefex 2||We chat with Rob Rhyne about The Empire Strikes Back, interview modelmaker, creature creator, and digital artist Howie Weed about his career and work on TESB: Special Edition, and talk with Duncan Boszko about Greg Jein’s physical miniature models.||2/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Optical 001 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, Daren Dochterman, Cinefex 1||In our premiere episode, we talk about Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Alien, chat with Daren Dochterman, VFX Supervisor on Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition, I admit my 2001 shame, and we ask: just what is an “optical,” anywa||1/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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!