Cinefex number 3 December 1980
|Associate Editor||S.S. Wilson|
|Circulation Manager||JoDyne Duncan|
|Editorial Consultant||Robert P. Everett|
|Editorial Services||Ann Dredla|
Tauntauns, Walkers and Probots
Employing a variety of techniques, ranging from vintage Willis O’Brien-type setups to modern motion control technology, the special effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic produced a dazzling array of stop-motion wonders for The Empire Strikes Back. Effects director of photography Dennis Muren, stop-motion animator Phil Tippett, art director Joe Johnston, and other key members of the ILM effects unit discuss the complex animation sequences from start to finish. Article by Paul Mandell.
Walter Murch — Making Beaches Out of Grains of Sand
Some of the most significant recent developments in motion pictures involve not what is seen, but rather what is heard. Academy Award winner Walter Murch, the virtuoso whose work figures prominently in some of the pivotal films of our time, discusses the subtle, psychological, mostly invisible art of sound — from the recording of a single isolated audio track to the monumental mixing of a hundred or more at once. Article by Jordan Fox.
The Microcosmic World of Ken Middleham
Phase IV was anything but a typical science fiction film. No spaceships, no alien invaders, no unleashed technological horrors — just ants. But not ordinary ants. Ants with geometric patterns emblazoned on their foreheads; ants unafraid to engage a praying mantis in battle; ants that bestow ceremonial honors on their fallen dead; and ants that transport crystals of poisonous material in a suicidal death march. Ace macro-cinematographer Ken Middleham discusses the creation and photography of these uncharacteristic ant behaviors. Interview by Don Shay.
— article descriptions via Cinefex 3, table of contents
|American Graffiti (1973)||
|Apocalypse Now (1979)||
43, 48, 51-56
2, 42, 53-54
|Clash of the Titans (1981)||5|
|Empire Strikes Back (1980)||4-41|
|Phase IV (1974)||58, 61-62, 64-67, 69-70|
|Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)||6|