After 41 years and countless insights into the magic of visual effects, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed Cinefex as its latest victim. The venerable magazine posted this news today, stating that issue 172 will be its final journey behind the curtain.
— Cinefex (@cinefexNOW) February 23, 2021
ILM tweeted their regrets at this sad news.
It is with great sadness that we share this news. For 40 years Cinefex served as an incredible inspiration and resource to so many in the industry. We are heartbroken 💔 #vfx
A note from the publisher as printed in Issue 172 (February 2021). pic.twitter.com/X0sJjSgwr3
— ILMVFX (@ILMVFX) February 23, 2021
Here’s a look at what’s to come in that final issue.
Show runners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni return with a second season of The Mandalorian, the Star Wars-themed episodic show streaming on Disney+. The second season picks up where the first left off, with a Mandalorian bounty hunter, living in the age after the fall of the Empire, attempts to return a baby of Yoda’s species to his people and home — fighting against a variety of dangerous creatures and the remnants of Imperial power throughout the galaxy. Richard Bluff returns as production-side visual effects supervisor, joined by visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and artists and technicians at Hybride, Image Engine and Important Looking Pirates.
Star Trek: Discovery
In Season 3 of the CBS All Access sci-fi series, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the starship U.S.S. Discovery travel to the distant future, where they face the difficult challenge of restoring hope to a fractured Federation. Lead visual effects supervisor Jason Zimmerman directs teams of home-working artists at vendors including Pixomondo, DNEG TV, Crafty Apes, Ghost VFX, FX3X and The Mill. Glenn Hetrick’s and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios create prosthetic makeup effects and specialty armor.
Raised by Wolves
After a future war divides Earth into warrior-like and spiritualistic factions, two androids (Amanda Colin and Abubakar Salim) flee to a mysterious planet where they are tasked with raising a colony of human children. HBO Max and Scott Free Productions realized the ten-episode mini-series with makeup effects supervisor Jaco Snyman, special effects supervisor Cordell McQueen and visual effects supervisor Ray McIntyre Jr. Mr. X and Pixomondo led a collective of more than a dozen visual effects studios, including Mind & Machine, UPP, Pixel Magic, Crafty Apes, Spin VFX, CoSA VFX, Barnstorm VFX and BUF.
Horror author Stephen King had already made a name for himself with the novels Carrie and The Shining by the time The Stand hit bookshelves in 1978. The epic novel, which many still count as their favorite King tome, presented the story of the ultimate showdown between Good and Evil after the apocalypse of a population-shattering pandemic. CBS All Access dramatizes the novel in a nine-episode series starring James Marsden and Whoopi Goldberg. Jake Braver serves as visual effects supervisor, overseeing stunning work from Industrial Light & Magic, Important Looking Pirates, Pixomondo and other top-drawer visual effects houses.
Netflix presents a journey into the creative process between screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) and wunderkind director Orson Welles (Tom Burke) crafting the screenplay for Welles’ cinematic debut, Citizen Kane. Director David Fincher reunited with co-producer Peter Mavromates to bring the decades-in-development passion project to life using cutting-edge filmmaking artistry by Artemple Hollywood, Territory Studio, Industrial Light & Magic, Savage VFX, Ollin VFX, Fuse Technical Group and Alterian.