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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,” anyway?

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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.

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Special Guest:
Daren R. Dochterman

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Illustrator, digital artist, and VFX Supervisor on Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition.



Cinefex — The journal of cinematic illusions.

Ron “AAlgar” Watt, Matt Rowbotham, and Tom Schmidt

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Ron “AAlgar” Watt and Matt Rowbotham, hosts of the Post Atomic Horror podcast.

Tom Schmidt, Art Director and VFX Artist, head of Percolate Digital.

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Digital Droo

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