Episode 014 February 2015
We talk the making of Clint Eastwood’s Firefox with Russian speaker Mike Gower, and we marvel at John Dykstra and Apogee’s technical advances, including “reverse blue screen,” for the effects of the super-stealth fighter. до свидания!
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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Mike Gower, designer of our ‘aperture’ logo, enjoys designing things, watching movies, flying supersonic jets, and speaking Russian.
- Firefox (1982) trailer
- John Dykstra and a bit about the formation of Apogee
- A Japanese documentary on Apogee Productions is on YouTube in Part 1 and Part 2 — Even if you don’t speak Japanese, it’s fascinating to watch them build and shoot models.
- A clip from Hollywood Stuntmakers covering Apogee’s miniature effects, and some interview bits with John Dykstra and John Swallow. It also shows their Graphlite motion control boom setup circa the late 1980s (a few years after Firefox).
- Air brakes vs flaps
- The “melty guy from Raiders” — Ronald Lacey
- Regarding a “Class II” Academy Award: ‘Starting with the 1978 (51st) Awards, the “Class I” Scientific and Technical Award became the Academy Award of Merit, and “Class III” became the Technical Achievement Award.’ via About — The Scientific and Technical Awards at oscars.org
- Mitchell Camera
- Vistavision format and its usage for optical visual effects
- Reverse Blue Screen article by Jonathan Erland from American Cinematographer, Vol. 63, No. 9, September 1982
- Microballoons, a.k.a. glass microspheres
- Maurice Jarre, composer of many luscious orchestral scores, including Lawrence of Arabia
- Legend (1985) scores by Jerry Goldsmith and Tangerine Dream