Cover of episode 006

We chat with Cinefex writer Joe Fordham and film/TV editor Brian Newell about Raiders of the Lost Ark, and interview mechanical effects and pyro legend Thaine Morris about his career and his work on Raiders and Dragonslayer. We also chat with Jamie Benning about his creation of the Filmumentaries behind-the-scenes documentary format.

[Originally known as Episode 006A.]

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 6

Cover of Cinefex 6

Special thanks to Cinefex for access to these out-of-print back issues.

Even though these are out of print, you can now download and read along with Issue 6 — and every other back issue of Cinefex — in the Cinefex iPad App. Download the free iPad app now!

Special Guest:
Thaine Morris

Image of Thaine Morris

Proprietor of the Roger George Rentals special effects supply, special effects legend and pyrotechnician.

“Rolling Smoke” photo courtesy Tc Morgan on Flickr via Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.



Cinefex — The journal of cinematic illusions.

Brian Newell, Joe Fordham, and Jamie Benning

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Brian Newell, TV/film editor

Joe Fordham, writer for Cinefex and filmmaker

Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentaries style of 'making-of' documentaries

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Musical Guest:
Digital Droo

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