Cover of issue number 3
Publisher Don Shay
Editor Don Shay
Associate Editor S.S. Wilson
Circulation Manager JoDyne Duncan
Editorial Consultant Robert P. Everett
Editorial Services Ann Dredla

Tauntauns, Walkers and Probots

Author Paul Mandell
Focus The Empire Strikes Back
Pages 4-41

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

Author Jordan Fox
Focus Walter Murch
sound design
Pages 42-57

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

Author Don Shay
Focus Ken Middleham
Phase IV
Pages 58-71

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


Allen, David 6, 41
Anderson, Chris 13
Dykstra, John 5
Edlund, Richard 5, 10, 13, 18
Fox, Jordan 56
Harryhausen, Ray 5, 26, 33, 38, 41
Mandell, Paul 41
Middleham, Ken 58-71
61-62, 64-67, 69-70
Murch, Walter 42-57


Academy Awards 56
American Film Institute 41
American Zoetrope 43-44, 48, 56

Terms & Techniques

animation stand 21-22, 29-30, 32-34
audio synthesizers 44, 51
flying rigs 38
sound design 42-57
sound effects 42-57