Cover of episode 003

We chat with TV writer and producer Ian Brier about Walter Murch’s early sound design for THX 1138, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, as well as Saul Bass’ science fiction film Phase IV, interview Scott Leberecht and Christina Lee Storm about Life After Pi and the current state of the VFX industry, and talk with MK12 partner Ben Radatz about Saul Bass’ career in title design.

Detailed show notes below…

About The Optical

Host Mark Boszko takes you on a journey back through the annals of Cinefex magazine, talking about the movies and topics they covered 30+ years ago. We talk to people involved in the films, people who make movies, and people who love movies, and have a fun time doing it.

Cinefex 3

Cover of Cinefex 3

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Special Guest:
Ben Radatz

Image of Ben Radatz

Experimental filmmaker, designer, writer, and co-founder of MK12 Studios

Research Materials

More Bits

  • Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (DVD) — a documentary looking back at the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s chaotic, catastrophe-plagued Vietnam film, featuring on-location home movies shot in the Philippines by Eleanor Coppola during the production of Apocalypse Now.
  • Gravity wins Oscar for Best Visual Effects
  • On the Media: Wilhelm — the history of the Wilhelm scream
  • Quintaphonic Sound and also a mention on the [Quadraphonic sound]( page on Wikipedia
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, upon which Apocalypse Now is based. First published in 1899, about a trip up the river in Africa at the turn of the century, with Kurtz as an ivory trader.

Special Thanks

Musical Guest:
Digital Droo

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