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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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The Optical 026 - The Advent of Sound
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/026">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/026</a> (coming soon)</p> <p>We explore the fascinating history of sound in films — the trial and error that led from silent films to the first talkies — with Fritzi Kramer of Movies Silently. Fritzi also suggests some silent VFX films, and we catch up with good news about former Cinefex publisher Don Shay.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Podcast RSS feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> --- The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://moviessilently.com">Movies Silently</a></li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/the-blue-bird-1918/"><em>The Blue Bird</em></a> (1918)</li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/the-whispering-chorus/"><em>The Whispering Chorus</em></a> (1918)</li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/20000-leagues-under-the-sea/"><em>20,000 Leagues Under the Sea</em></a> (1916)</li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/the-burning-crucible/"><em>The Burning Crucible</em></a> (1923)</li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/the-lost-world/"><em>The Lost World</em></a> (1925)</li> <li><a href="https://letterboxd.com/film/the-penalty/"><em>The Penalty</em></a> (1920)</li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we've covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Fritzi Kramer, the founder of <a href="http://moviessilently.com">Movies Silently</a>, a blog dedicated to making silent films fun and accessible to newcomers.</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/026">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/026</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &quot;aperture&quot; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/5802390.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 025 - Barco Escape
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/025">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/025</a></p> <p><em>Star Trek Beyond</em> is currently playing in a new immersive super-widescreen theatrical format called Barco Escape. For details about the presentation format, we chat with Ted Schilowitz, Barco Escape&#8217;s Chief Creative Officer and the Resident Futurist at 20th Century Fox.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ready2escape.com">Barco Escape</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/star-trek-beyond/"><em>Star Trek Beyond</em> (2016)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Ted Schilowitz, Barco Escape&#8217;s Chief Creative Officer and the Resident Futurist at 20th Century Fox</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/025">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/025</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/4008120.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 024 - IMAX Projectionist Jenn Bentz
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/024">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/024</a></p> <p>We talk with Jenn Bentz, IMAX Projectionist at Pacific Science Center, about the IMAX projection experience, the move from film to DLP to LASER, and her experience running the Hateful Eight 70mm roadshow.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Podcast RSS feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.imax.com/content/imax-difference">IMAX</a></li> <li><a href="http://pacsci.org">Pacific Science Center</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <p>From the Pacific Science Center:</p> <ul> <li>Jenn Bentz, IMAX Projectionist Supervisor &amp; Audio/Visual Technician</li> <li>David Dukard, IMAX Projectionist</li> <li>Katelyn Del Buco, Public Relations Manager</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/024">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/024</a> for complete show notes and photos.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li>Dialog Editor, Joseph Ravenson</li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/2699697.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 023 - Howie Weed Remastered
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/023">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/023</a></p> <p>In a special edition of the podcast, remastered audio of our 2014 interview with Howie Weed, long time artist at ILM, who tells us about blowing up the Enterprise, a recipe for fake blood, mass producing Gremlins, an alligator, alien probes, and his turn as the Special Edition Wampa in the Special Edition of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Podcast RSS feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/gremlins/"><em>Gremlins</em> (1984)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/star-trek-iii-the-search-for-spock/"><em>Star Trek III: The Search for Spock</em> (1984)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/romancing-the-stone/"><em>Romancing the Stone</em> (1984)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/fire-in-the-sky/"><em>Fire in the Sky</em> (1993)</a></li> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/cinedex/film/the-empire-strikes-back-1980/"><em>Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back — Special Edition</em> (1997)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Howie Weed, Long-time ILM employee, modeler and artist</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/backissues/issue3.htm">Cinefex 3</a> — December 1980, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/06/14/revisiting-cinefex-issue-3-december-1980/">Revisiting Cinefex (3): <em>Empire,</em> Walter Murch and <em>Phase IV</em></a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/023">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/023</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/2456633.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 022 - The Right Stuff
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/022">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/022</a></p> <p>We talk about <em>The Right Stuff</em> with Joel Page, where at the height of excellent motion control camera work, the USFX team took the shots of supersonic jets and crashing capsules, and went in an entirely different direction.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-right-stuff/"><em>The Right Stuff</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Joel Page, Local know-it-all</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/backissues/issue14.htm">Cinefex 14</a> — October 1993, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2012/02/15/revisiting-cinefex-14-the-right-stuff-brainstorm-twilight-zone/">Revisiting Cinefex (14): The Right Stuff, Brainstorm, Twilight Zone</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/022">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/022</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/1771640.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 021 - Jurassic: From Park to World
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/021">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/021</a></p> <p><em>Cinefex</em> Editor Jody Duncan comes on to discuss the evolution of digital VFX technology from the original <em>Jurassic Park</em> to the new <em>Jurassic World,</em> including her time on the set of <em>The Lost World: Jurassic Park.</em></p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/jurassic-park/"><em>Jurassic Park</em> (1993)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-lost-world-jurassic-park/"><em>The Lost World: Jurassic Park</em> (1997)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/jurassic-world/"><em>Jurassic World</em> (2015)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Jody Duncan, editor of <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a></li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue55.htm">Cinefex 55</a> — August 1993, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/1BnaT4X"><em>The Making of Jurassic Park</em></a> by Don Shay &amp; Jody Duncan</li> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue142.htm">Cinefex 142</a> — July 2015</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/021">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/021</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> <li>Dialogue editing by Josef Ravenson</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/1282479.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 020 - Return of the Jedi
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/020">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/020</a></p> <p>We chat about the effects of <em>Return of the Jedi</em> with Filmumentaries creator Jamie Benning, covering advances in motion tracking, Steadicam, and what life was like inside Jabba the Hutt.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/star-wars-episode-vi-return-of-the-jedi/"><em>Return of the Jedi</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Jamie Benning, creator of <a href="http://filmumentaries.com">Filmumentaries</a></li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue13.htm">Cinefex 13</a> — July 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2012/01/20/revisiting-cinefex-13-return-of-the-jedi/">Revisiting Cinefex (13): Return of the Jedi</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/020">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/020</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> <li>Dialogue editing by Josef Ravenson</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/1154256.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 019 - Robert Swarthe, One From the Heart, The Outsiders, and Early HD Video
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/019">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/019</a></p> <p>We chat with animator and VFX artist Robert Swarthe about his work on <em>One From the Heart, The Outsiders,</em> a short film test with an early HD video camera, and his unproduced adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s <em>The Fountains of Paradise.</em></p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href=""><em>One From the Heart</em> (1982)</a></li> <li><a href=""><em>The Outsiders</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Robert Swarthe, animator and VFX artist</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue11.htm">Cinefex 11</a> — January 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/11/16/revisiting-cinefex-11-et-and-robert-swarthe/">Revisiting Cinefex (11): ET and Robert Swarthe</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/019">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/019</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/914076.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 018 - Robert Swarthe, Close Encounters Special Edition, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/018">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/018</a></p> <p>We chat with animator and VFX artist Robert Swarthe about his work on <em>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</em> — both the original and <em>Special Edition,</em> <em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture,</em> and more!</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> — Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind/"><em>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</em> (1977)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/search/star+trek+the+motion+picture/"><em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</em> (1979)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Robert Swarthe, animator and VFX artist</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue11.htm">Cinefex 11</a> — January 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/11/16/revisiting-cinefex-11-et-and-robert-swarthe/">Revisiting Cinefex (11): ET and Robert Swarthe</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/018">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/018</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/756421.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 017 - Matte Painter Jesse Silver
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/017">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/017</a></p> <p>We chat with matte painter Jesse Silver about his work on <em>Tron, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Labyrinth,</em> moving from real paint to digital for <em>Super Mario Bros.,</em> and one high-pressure effects house that had phones in the toilet stalls.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> — Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/something-wicked-this-way-comes/"><em>Something Wicked This Way Comes</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Brian Covey, Friend of the Podcast</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue12.htm">Cinefex 12</a> — April 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/12/14/revisiting-cinefex-12-something-wicked-stop-motion-and-dream-quest/">Revisiting Cinefex (12): Something Wicked, Stop-Motion and Dream Quest</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/692813.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 016 - Something Wicked This Way Comes
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016</a></p> <p>We chat with Brian Covey about the making of <em>Something Wicked This Way Comes</em>, and discover that it might be an overlooked CGI first.</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> — Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/something-wicked-this-way-comes/"><em>Something Wicked This Way Comes</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Brian Covey, Friend of the Podcast</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue12.htm">Cinefex 12</a> — April 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/12/14/revisiting-cinefex-12-something-wicked-stop-motion-and-dream-quest/">Revisiting Cinefex (12): Something Wicked, Stop-Motion and Dream Quest</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/016</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/636909.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 015 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/015">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/015</a></p> <p><em>Cinefex</em> Associate Editor Joe Fordham joins us to discuss the making of Steven Spielberg’s <em>E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial</em>, we try to figure out how E.T.’s innards worked, and discuss Spielberg’s unproduced <em>Night Skies.</em></p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> — Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/et-the-extra-terrestrial/"><em>E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial</em> (1982)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Joe Fordham, Associate Editor, <em>Cinefex</em></li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue11.htm">Cinefex 10</a> — January 1983, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/11/16/revisiting-cinefex-11-et-and-robert-swarthe/">Revisiting Cinefex (11): ET and Robert Swarthe</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062233998/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0062233998&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=NC6LJLZIE46P3TLJ">E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from Concept to Classic</a></li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/015">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/015</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/589416.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 014 - Firefox
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/014">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/014</a></p> <p>We talk the making of Clint Eastwood’s <em>Firefox</em> with Russian speaker Mike Gower, and we marvel at John Dykstra and Apogee’s technical advances for the effects of the super-stealth fighter. до свидания!</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> — Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/firefox/"><em>Firefox</em> (1982)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Mike Gower, designer of our ‘aperture’ logo, enjoys designing things, watching movies, flying supersonic jets, and speaking Russian.</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue10.htm">Cinefex 10</a> — September 1997, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/11/01/revisiting-cinefex-10-poltergeist-and-firefox/">Revisiting Cinefex (10): Poltergeist and&nbsp;Firefox</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/014">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/014</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/555337.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 013 — Poltergeist
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/013">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/013</a> </p> <p>Mike Gower chats with us about the making of Poltergeist, and we learn how to make ectoplasmic goo and body-sausage water guns. </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> &#8212; Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/poltergeist/"><em>Poltergeist</em> (1982)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Mike Gower, designer of our ‘aperture’ logo, enjoys designing things, watching movies, and frolicking near the Jacaranda trees.</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue10.htm">Cinefex 10</a> — September 1997, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/11/01/revisiting-cinefex-10-poltergeist-and-firefox/">Revisiting Cinefex (10): Poltergeist and Firefox</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/013">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/013</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/518702.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 012 - Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/012">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/012</a> </p> <p>We talk with Joe Fordham and Jeff Bond, authors of <em>Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend,</em> covering all incarnations of the Apes! </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <p>Improve your 2015 with a 10-day free trial of training videos from <a href="http://lynda.com/optical">http://lynda.com/optical</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast">Follow on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://lynda.com/optical">Lynda.com</a> &#8212; Start learning today.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/planet-of-the-apes/"><em>Planet of the Apes</em> (1968)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.flashfilms.us/">Joe Fordham</a>, <em>Cinefex</em> associate editor and filmmaker.</li> <li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jeffc.bond">Jeff Bond</a>, film and soundtrack writer, and former editor of <em>Film Score Monthly, Geek,</em> and <em>CFQ.</em></li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue71.htm">Cinefex 71</a> — September 1997, also available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1783291982/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1783291982&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=opticalpodcast-20&amp;linkId=T7VBDBKH2KJFSBPX"><em>Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend</em></a> by Joe Fordham and Jeff Bond</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <ul> <li>See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/012">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/012</a> for complete show notes.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/473198.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 011 - Douglas Trumbull, Part 2: Back to the Future… The Ride to Magi and UFOTOG
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/011/">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/011/</a> </p> <p>We talk with Douglas Trumbull about his history as a creator and inventor of VFX and immersive film technology, making Back to the Future… The Ride, and his latest project: the 120 fps, 4K, 3D short film UFOTOG that shows off his new film process, Magi. </p> <p>This episode includes the second half of our interview. Listen to Part 1 in <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/010/">episode 010</a>! </p> <p>Listen today for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/opticalpodcast/">Follow us on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Podcast feed for other pod-catchers</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/back-to-the-future-the-ride/"><em>Back to the Future… The Ride</em> (1991)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/ufotog/"><em>UFOTOG</em> (2014)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guest</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://douglastrumbull.com">Douglas Trumbull</a>, filmmaker, director, writer, and inventor of many advances in VFX technology. His latest project is the 120fps/4K/3D immersive cinema process called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd6_oz7KBWk">Magi</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue46.htm">Cinefex 46</a> — May 1991, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/cinefex-retrospectives/">Revisiting Cinefex</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/369501.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 010 — Douglas Trumbull and the Future of Immersive Cinema, Part 1
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/010/">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode/010/</a></p> <p>We talk with Douglas Trumbull about his history as artist, animator, and VFX legend, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Brainstorm, and hear about what caused him to become a champion of immersive cinema.</p> <p>This episode includes the first half of our interview, leading up to the point that Trumbull left Hollywood. Stay tuned for Part 2 in episode 011!</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/2001-a-space-odyssey/"><em>2001</em> (1968)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/silent-running/"><em>Silent Running</em> (1972)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/brainstorm-1983/"><em>Brainstorm</em> (1983)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://douglastrumbull.com">Douglas Trumbull</a>, filmmaker, director, writer, and inventor of many advances in VFX technology. His latest project is a 3D/4K/120fps immersive cinema process called [Magi](UFOTOG trailer).</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue8.htm">Cinefex 8</a> — April 1982, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/09/10/revisiting-cinefex-8-tron-and-silent-running/">Revisiting Cinefex (8): Tron and Silent Running</a> by Graham Edwards</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/304393.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 008A - Tron, Harrison Ellenshaw, John Van Vliet, Cinefex 8
<p>Complete show notes (with links) available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_008">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_008</a></p> <p>We chat with visual effects artists Harrison Ellenshaw and John Van Vliet about their work on the 1982 cult classic <em>Tron,</em> and hear about the hand-drawn animation that people think was CGI, and just how crazy it was to work on the film!</p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>.</p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3><ul><li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li><li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li><li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li></ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3><ul><li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> <s></s>- The journal of cinematic illusions.</li></ul> <h3>Features</h3><ul><li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/tron/">*Tron* (1982)</a></li><li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we've covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li></ul> <h3>Guests</h3><ul><li><a href="http://harrisonellenshaw.com">Harrison Ellenshaw</a>, Visual Effects Supervisor on <em>Tron</em></li><li><a href="http://bentpictures.com">John Van Vliet</a>, Effects Animator on Tron</li></ul> <h3>Music</h3><ul><li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li></ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3><ul><li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue8.htm">Cinefex 8</a> — April 1982, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li><li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/09/10/revisiting-cinefex-8-tron-and-silent-running/">Revisiting Cinefex (8): Tron and Silent Running</a> by Graham Edwards</li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615494501/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0615494501&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=opticalpodcast-20&amp;linkId=CMZ3LSKIUEVINHMS">*The Making of Tron: How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever*</a> by William Kallay</li></ul> <h3>As ever</h3><ul><li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li><li>The Optical "aperture" logo by Mike Gower</li></ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/230273.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 007 - King Kong, Willis O’Brien, Stop-Motion Animation, Cinefex 7
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_007">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_007</a> </p> <p>We chat with creator and publisher of Cinefex, Don Shay, about the life and work of stop motion pioneer Willis O&#8217;Brien, including <em>The Lost World, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young,</em> and more. We also interview animation director Rob Shaw about his films and experience as a stop-motion animator. </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_H._O'Brien">Willis O&#8217;Brien</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-lost-world/"><em>The Lost World</em> (1925)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/king-kong/"><em>King Kong</em> (1933)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/mighty-joe-young/"><em>Mighty Joe Young</em> (1949)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Don Shay</a>, Creator and publisher of Cinefex magazine, and Willis O&#8217;Brien biographer</li> <li><a href="http://www.sirrobrob.com/">Rob Shaw</a>, Stop-motion animation director</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>(Almost) all tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>(Except) a teensy snippet of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_Theme">James Bond Theme</a> by Monty Norman and John Barry</li> <li>A small clip of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbrikL8IjXM">1938 re-release trailer for <em>King Kong</em></a> features the music of Max Steiner.</li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue7.htm">Cinefex 7</a> — October 1981, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue138.htm">Cinefex 138</a> — July 2014, with “O&#8217;Brien vs Dawley” update by Stephen Czerkas</li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/07/30/revisiting-cinefex-7-willis-obrien/">Revisiting Cinefex (7): Willis O’Brien</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TDYDEA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002TDYDEA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=HQBEAYQ4FSMN6TKM"><em>The Making of King Kong</em></a>, by Orville Goldner and George E. Turner</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EL9444E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EL9444E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=IH35LWI3M3QH37PR"><em>King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson</em></a>, by Ray Morton</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <h4>Willis O&#8217;Brien</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-dinosaur-and-the-missing-link-a-prehistoric-tragedy/"><em>The Dinosaur and the Missing Link</em> (1915)</a>, on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOD8ZS4drWU">YouTube</a></li> <li>Edison <a href="http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft3q2nb2gw&amp;chunk.id=d0e17767&amp;toc.id=d0e17287&amp;brand=ucpress">Conquest Pictures</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/rfd-10000-bc/"><em>R.F.D. 10,000 BC</em> (1917)</a>, on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=subOsqV_5eA">YouTube</a></li> <li>The Edison film monopoly — The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Patents_Company">Motion Picture Patents Company</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-ghost-of-slumber-mountain/"><em>The Ghost of Slumber Mountain</em> (1918)</a>, on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7sj4zCXMHs">YouTube</a></li> <li>Herbert M. Dawley’s <a href="https://www.google.com/patents/US1347993?dq=us+patent+1347993&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=T4TIU9XnHoO2igKkpYAQ&amp;ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA">“Articulated Effigy” patent</a> for stop-motion animation</li> <li>Ralph Hammeras’ <a href="https://www.google.com/patents/US1540213?dq=ininventor:%22Hammeras%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=dYXIU_KdD4rWiwKz2IGgBA&amp;ved=0CBwQ6AEwAA">glass painting patent for in-camera composites</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-lost-world/"><em>The Lost World</em> (1925)</a>, on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UXqL0LTPX8">YouTube</a>, or the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6304492383/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=6304492383&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=E2U6LBA4EQI3HV6F">Lumivision DVD</a> which also features several of O&#8217;Brien&#8217;s Edison shorts.</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merian_C._Cooper">Merian C. Cooper</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_B._Schoedsack">Ernest B. Schoedsack</a></li> <li>Kong pitch painting, “<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uOd7mzUwjqQ/UhvSqOCNS0I/AAAAAAAABi0/FHmvLh0-XIA/s1600/monster.jpg">Giant Terror Gorilla</a>” by Willis O&#8217;Brien and (via <a href="http://giantmonstersamongus.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-road-to-king-kong.html">Giant Monsters Among Us</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/king-kong/"><em>King Kong</em> title sequence</a> at Art of the Title</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbrikL8IjXM">1938 re-release trailer for <em>King Kong</em></a></li> <li>DeLaurentis’ full-size Kong is discussed in <a href="http://www.avclub.com/article/iking-kongi-1976-69795">this delightful AV Club review</a> of <a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/king-kong-1976/"><em>King Kong</em> (1976)</a></li> <li>Hays <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_Code">Motion Picture Production Code</a></li> <li>Peter Jackson and WETA&#8217;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOMKnhN7ABs">Lost Spider Pit Sequence</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linwood_G._Dunn">Linwood Dunn</a> and the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_printer000">optical printer</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-most-dangerous-game/"><em>The Most Dangerous Game</em> (1932)</a></li> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/blog/king-kong-or-not/">How King Kong was Filmed (or Not)</a>, on the Cinefex Blog, about the 1933 King Kong magazine article with effects misinformation</li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-son-of-kong/"><em>Son of Kong</em> (1933)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-last-days-of-pompeii-1935/"><em>The Last Days of Pompeii</em> (1935)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593934815/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1593934815&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=DYQNMESTVIHBUTJT">WAR EAGLES: The Unmaking of an Epic - An Alternate History for Classic Film Monsters</a> by David Conover &amp; Philip J. Riley</li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-valley-of-gwangi/"><em>The Valley of Gwangi</em> (1969)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517414/">George Lofgren</a>, taxidermist</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svr4giOnmos">Willis O&#8217;Brien accepts his Oscar</a> — “Thank you very, very much.” Delightful.</li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-black-scorpion/"><em>The Black Scorpion</em> (1957)</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Peterson_(animator)">Pete Peterson</a>, stop-motion animator</li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/behemoth-the-sea-monster/"><em>The Giant Behemoth</em> (1959)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-lost-world-1960/"><em>The Lost World</em> (1960)</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/its-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world/"><em>It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World</em> (1963)</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Danforth">Jim Danforth</a>, stop-motion animator</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_base#Nitrate">Nitrate film stock</a></li> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/blog/celebrating-cinefex-video/">Celebrating Cinefex — The Video</a></li> </ul> <h4>Rob Shaw</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.dragonframe.com/moco-3d.php">Dragonframe motion control</a></li> <li><a href="http://what-when-how.com/non-traditional-animation-techniques/the-multiplane-downshooter-non-traditional-animation-techniques-part-1/">Downshooter</a> for animation</li> <li>Happy Tree Friends. <a href="http://www.sirrobrob.com/HTF-Episode-Cubtron-Z">“Cubtron Z”</a></li> <li>They Might Be Giants, <a href="https://vimeo.com/6505105">“I’m Impressed”</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/1943-article-on-pals-puppetoons-2771.html">Article on George Pal’s Puppetoons</a>, with a picture showing Willis O&#8217;Brien and Ray Harryhausen working on the shorts</li> <li>Puppetoons <a href="http://www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell/PAL/GP10.htm">replacement animation</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sirrobrob.com/Portlandia-Rats">Portlandia Rats</a></li> <li>Coraline</li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/flushed-away/"><em>Flushed Away</em> (2006)</a></li> <li>How to use a Surface Gauge for Stop Motion Animation](http://www.animateclay.com/index.php/articles/8-video-tutorials/18-how-to-use-a-surface-gage-for-stop-motion-animation)</li> <li><a href="http://www.dragonframe.com/">Dragonframe</a> Frame Grabber software</li> <li>Rob’s <a href="http://twopills.blogspot.com/"><em>Two Bottles</em> Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://letterboxd.com/film/the-five-venoms/"><em>The Five Deadly Venoms</em> (1978)</a></li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/185970.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 006B - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mark Mangini, Dragonslayer, Go-Motion, Cinefex 6
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006B">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006B</a> </p> <p>We interview sound designer Mark Mangini about his career, including his early work on <em>Raiders of the Lost Ark,</em> and chat with film/TV editor Brian Newell about <em>Dragonslayer,</em> and the invention of Go-Motion. </p> <p>This is continuing coverage of Cinefex 6 &#8212; see <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006A">episode 006A</a> for even more <em>Raiders</em> and <em>Dragonslayer</em> goodness! </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>Fundraiser</h3> <ul> <li>Help fund The Optical&#8217;s second season, and <a href="https://www.booster.com/opticalpodcast">buy a T-shirt today for our fundraising campaign!</a> <strong>Hurry — the last day to contribute is Sunday, July 20, 2014.</strong></li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/indiana-jones-raiders-lost/id548593580?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Raiders of the Lost Ark</em> (1981)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dragonslayer/id209170941?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Dragonslayer</em> (1981)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://markmangini.com/Mark_Mangini/Home.html">Mark Mangini</a>, sound designer and re-recording mixer</li> <li><a href="http://www.bnedits.com/">Brian Newell</a>, TV/film editor</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue6.htm">Cinefex 6</a> — October 1981, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/07/11/revisiting-cinefex-6-early-cgi-dragonslayer-and-raiders/">Revisiting Cinefex (6): Early CGI, Dragonslayer and Raiders</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NQRE9Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NQRE9Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=7HLY6VQL3BCVOK34">Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures</a> on Blu-ray</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345501292/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0345501292&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=OGN7NVLOE23NF4PS">The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films</a> by J.W. Rinzler and Laurent Bouzereau</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AEFXT7W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AEFXT7W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=ISQDHWPUAPQG4QIO">Dragonslayer</a> on DVD</li> </ul> <h3>More Bits</h3> <h4>Mark Mangini:</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_design">Sound Design</a></li> <li>Walter Murch and his sound design expertise were discussed in detail in <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_003">Episode 003 of The Optical</a></li> <li><a href="http://markmangini.com/Mark_Mangini/Music.html">Mark Mangini&#8217;s music</a></li> <li>Hanna Barbara - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Fred_and_Barney_Show">The New Fred &amp; Barney Show (1979)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/star-trek-the-motion-picture/id211297571?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)</a></li> <li>V&#8217;Ger musical effect — <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/64403528397/now-i-finally-know-what-the-instrument-is-that">Blaster Beam demonstration</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Vulcan_language#Background">Replacing English with Vulcan Speech in Star Trek: The Motion Picture</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/gremlins/id601284107?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Gremlins (1984)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/jack-the-giant-slayer/id636494302?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-fifth-element/id263331863?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">The Fifth Element (1997)</a></li> <li><a href="http://markmangini.com/Mark_Mangini/Blog/Entries/2014/5/16_Silent_Films.html">Silent Films</a> &#8212; Mangini&#8217;s open letter to a reviewer who neglected the role of sound in the CGI-heavy sequences in Godzilla.</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Burtt">Ben Burtt</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0027328/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr75">Richard L. Anderson</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0282276/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr79">Stephen Hunter Flick</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Welker">Frank Welker</a></li> <li>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_scream">Wilhelm Scream</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-spiderwick-chronicles/id277902299?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102181/?ref_=nv_sr_2">Kafka (1991)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/01/steven-soderbergh-in-conversation.html">Steven Soderbergh talking about re-working Kafka</a> &#8212; about halfway though the interview. Sounds like there will be a disc released after he&#8217;s done tinkering with it.</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/stigmata/id337383973?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Stigmata (1999)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/warrior/id467898112?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Warrior (2011)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/space-jam/id283825211?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Space Jam (1996)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/looney-tunes-back-in-action/id357169178?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treg_Brown">Treg Brown</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/star-trek-iv-the-voyage-home/id208978062?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-war-of-the-worlds-1953/id210440245?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">War of the Worlds (1953)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/forbidden-planet/id289899327?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Forbidden Planet (1956)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140037/?ref_=nv_sr_1">Jane Got a Gun</a> coming in 2015</li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355683/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Black Mass</a> coming in 2015</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_Atmos">Dolby Atmos</a></li> <li><a href="http://markmangini.com/Mark_Mangini/Blog/Blog.html">Mark Mangini&#8217;s Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xibqeGv-NWk">LA Sound Group Presents Mark Mangini</a> &#8212; group chat</li> </ul> <h4>Dragonslayer and Go-Motion</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go-motion">Go-Motion</a> on Wikipedia</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_MacNicol">Peter MacNicol</a></li> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/MlDw3gHoSGM"><em>Revenge of the Jedi</em> teaser trailer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.petermacnicolonline.com/vermithrax.html">The Vermithrax Pejorative Story: Behind the Scenes at the Making of Dragonslayer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tomspinadesigns.com/restoration-dragonslayer-movie-prop-display-conservation.html">Dragonslayer Full-size Head Restoration</a></li> <li>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamphorhynchus">Rhamphorhynchus</a> pterosaur that the design of the Vermithrax Pejorative was based upon.</li> <li>We talked about the tauntaun stop-motion animation in <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_002">Episode 002 of The Optical</a></li> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/blog/greenscreen/">G is for Greenscreen</a> on the Cinefex blog contains a couple of great example images of ILM&#8217;s backlit bluescreen &#8212; one with <em>Ghostbuster’s</em> Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in front of it, and the other with Jabba&#8217;s skiff from <em>Return of the Jedi.</em></li> <li><a href="http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vision/isql.html">Inverse square law for light</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/tremors/id297911187?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Tremors (1990)</a></li> <li>We covered Ray Harryhausen&#8217;s stop-motion techniques and armatures in <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_005">Episode 005 of The Optical</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overcrank">Overcranking film</a></li> <li><a href="http://horrornews.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/superman-version1-1978-movie-poster.jpg">You&#8217;ll believe a man can fly.</a> &#8212; Superman (1978) tagline</li> <li><a href="http://puppetsandclay.blogspot.com/2011/03/dragonslayer-1981-behind-scenes.html">Dragonslayer Behind-the-Scenes Pictures</a></li> <li>Original <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dGpd69_x5M">Go-Motion tests for Jurassic Park</a> created before the decision was made to make the dinosaurs digitally.</li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/148866.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 006A - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Thaine Morris, Filmumentaries, Joe Fordham, Cinefex 6
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006A">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006A</a> </p> <p>We chat with <em>Cinefex</em> writer Joe Fordham and film/TV editor Brian Newell about <em>Raiders of the Lost Ark,</em> and interview mechanical effects and pyro legend Thaine Morris about his career and his work on <em>Raiders</em> and <em>Dragonslayer.</em> We also chat with Jamie Benning about his creation of the <em>Filmumentaries</em> behind-the-scenes documentary format. </p> <p>We had so much great stuff that more Cinefex 6 coverage will continue in Episode 006B in two weeks, covering <em>Dragonslayer,</em> and a full interview with sound designer Mark Mangini! </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3>Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3>Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3>T-shirt fundraiser</h3> <ul> <li>Want to help fund The Optical&#8217;s second season? <a href="https://www.booster.com/opticalpodcast">Buy a T-shirt in our fundraising campaign!</a></li> </ul> <h3>Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/indiana-jones-raiders-lost/id548593580?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Raiders of the Lost Ark</em> (1981)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dragonslayer/id209170941?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Dragonslayer</em> (1981)</a></li> <li><a href="http://filmumentaries.com/">Filmumentaries</a> by Jamie Benning, featuring <a href="https://vimeo.com/36011979"><em>Raiding the Lost Ark</em></a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3>Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.flashfilms.us/">Joe Fordham</a>, writer for <em>Cinefex</em></li> <li><a href="http://www.bnedits.com/">Brian Newell</a>, TV/film editor</li> <li><a href="http://filmumentaries.com/">Jamie Benning</a>, inventor of the <em>Filmumentaries</em> format.</li> <li><a href="http://www.rogergeorge.com/">Thaine Morris</a>, special effects and pyrotechnician extraordinaire</li> </ul> <h3>Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> </ul> <h3>Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue6.htm">Cinefex 6</a> — October 1981, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/07/11/revisiting-cinefex-6-early-cgi-dragonslayer-and-raiders/">Revisiting Cinefex (6): Early CGI, Dragonslayer and Raiders</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li>&#8230;and loads more! See <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_006A">the complete show notes for Episode 006A</a></li> </ul> <h3>As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/131297.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 005 - Ray Harryhausen, Clash of the Titans, The State of 3D, Roy Arbogast, Caveman, Cinefex 5
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_005">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_005</a> </p> <p>We chat with Jose Vazquez about <em>Clash of the Titans,</em> Ray Harryhausen’s other stop-motion creature films, Roy Arbogast’s work on the shark for <em>Jaws</em> and other physical effects, and experience the prehistoric comedy, <em>Caveman.</em> We also interview special guest Ed Marsh about the stop motion techniques in <em>Chicken Run,</em> and discuss the current state (and the future) of 3D movies. </p> <p>Listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3 id="subscribetothepodcast">Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="sponsor">Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3 id="features">Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.rayharryhausen.com/">Ray Harryhausen</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/clash-of-the-titans/id271860912?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Clash of the Titans</em> (1981)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/jason-and-the-argonauts/id313414361?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Jason and the Argonauts</em> (1963)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0033405/">Roy Arbogast</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/jaws/id526768967?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Jaws</em> (1975)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000063JDF/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000063JDF&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=ER3TUC4XHDOMBIUI"><em>Caveman</em> (1981)</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3 id="guests">Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/josevazquez">Jose Vazquez</a>, Harryhausen fan</li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0550547/">Ed Marsh</a>, filmmaker and Stereoscopic Supervisor on several recent films</li> </ul> <h3 id="music">Music</h3> <ul> <li>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a>, featuring his new single, <a href="http://digitaldroo.bandcamp.com/track/2am">2AM</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="researchmaterials">Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue5.htm">Cinefex 5</a> — July 1981, available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cinefex/id512379220?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Cinefex iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/06/27/revisiting-cinefex-issue-5-july-1981/">Revisiting Cinefex (5): Ray Harryhausen, Titans, Roy Arbogast and Caveman</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B06GF3Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B06GF3Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=OZ7PMAU76SEXOAS6"><em>Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan</em></a> documentary</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845135016/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1845135016&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=J4UBG34SSL6BYTVR"><em>Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life</em></a> by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton</li> </ul> <h3 id="morebits">More bits</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2014-05-16/celebrating-cinefex">Celebrating Cinefex</a></li> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/blog/willis-obrien-revisited/">Willis O’Brien Revisited</a> by Don Shy, on the Cinefex Blog</li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FGydw4ov9k"><em>Furia de titanes</em></a></li> <li><em>The 7th Voyage of Sinbad</em> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiTSyZbIjAg">skeleton fight</a></li> <li>Ray Harryhausen’s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBkVpiYhyQc"><em>Evolution</em> footage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y2Kun99knk"><em>The Harryhausen Chronicles</em></a> behind the scenes documentary</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop-motion">Stop Motion</a> on Wikipedia</li> <li><a href="http://www.rayharryhausen.com/filmography.php">Ray Harryhausen filmography</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppetoons">George Pal’s <em>Puppetoons</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-war-of-the-worlds-1953/id210440245?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>The War of the Worlds</em> (1953)</a></li> <li>Harryhausen’s Army training films and his <em>Mother Goose</em> stories can be seen in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00079RC00/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00079RC00&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=4V4ECC5WRDAVP3NV">Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B7MX7A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B7MX7A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=WJ7JEKDEEI2D57H3"><em>Mighty Joe Young</em> (1949)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jD1bz4N3_0">CGI water breakdowns</a> by Important Looking Pirates</li> <li><a href="http://physxinfo.com/news/11109/introduction-to-position-based-fluids/">Position Based Fluids</a> demo from 2013, which may lead to more realistic CGI fluid simulations</li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xAqdCXuvPE">Ted smith talks about his work on the <em>Titanic</em> “miniature”</a></li> <li>Boinx iStopMotion apps for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/istopmotion-3/id546649552?mt=12&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Mac</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/istopmotion-for-ipad/id484019696?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">iPad</a>, and the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/istopmotion-remote-camera/id484024876?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Remote Camera app for iPhone</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/clash-of-the-titans-2010/id369542541?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Clash of the Titans</em> (2010)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hulu.com/he-man-and-the-masters-of-the-universe"><em>He-Man and the Masters of the Universe</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70177043"><em>Justice League</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70185194"><em>Young Justice</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C03TJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004C03TJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=SRGOEFZOFRYAHT73"><em>Fantasia</em> (1940)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/215920"><em>The Thief of Bagdad</em> (1940)</a> free to watch on Hulu</li> <li><a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/265373">Visual Effects</a> documentary about the technical achievements of The Thief of Bagdad.</li> <li>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003KRQFIQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003KRQFIQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=TVXYKAYS6O6632QZ">9-inch Bubo</a> that you can put on your shoulder</li> <li><a href="http://www.aardman.com/">Aardman Animations</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/chicken-run/id319786484?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Chicken Run</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynrsuuDZcCg">Pillsbury Doughboy commercial from 1982</a></li> <li><a href="http://cartoon-excellence.com/flushed-away/"><em>Flushed Away</em> CGI animation</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ghosts-of-the-abyss/id188703799?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY"><em>Ghosts of the Abyss</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGwhMHNmPpA&amp;list=PLE849B5CB98E7DDD6"><em>Under Pressure: Making The Abyss</em></a> in slightly less than 37 parts on YouTube</li> <li>James Cameron and Vince Pace&#8217;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_Camera_System">Fusion Camera System</a></li> <li>“Ironically, director André de Toth was blind in one eye and unable to experience stereo vision or the 3-D effects. ‘It’s one of the great Hollywood stories,’ Vincent Price recalled. ‘When they wanted a director for a 3-D film, they hired a man who couldn’t see 3-D at all!’” — from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Wax_(1953_film)#Production"><em>House of Wax</em> (1953 film)</a> on Wikipedia</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062KMDZ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062KMDZ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=NGGD55OIEQY3RQMN"><em>Journey to the Center of the Earth</em> (2008)</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://www.studiodaily.com/2008/07/when-the-movie-is-3d-but-the-nles-are-2d/">When the Movie is 3D, But the NLEs Are 2D</a> featuring the diagram of 3D workflow from <em>Journey to the Center of the Earth</em></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008XBCJ34/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008XBCJ34&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=J3ZKCIENQFRPB65S"><em>Avatar</em> (2009)</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://www.primefocusworld.com/3d-conversion">Prime Focus World’s 3D conversion work</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C1WXCTQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C1WXCTQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=HTRFWAMR55GNMPSK"><em>The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader</em> (2010)</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C7JG0KG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C7JG0KG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=ZHPFZFUMXSMGLBZH"><em>Oz the Great and Powerful</em> (2013)</a> in 3D</li> <li>SCTV: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SJY6w0HD50">Monster Chiller Horror Theater presents <em>Dr. Tongue&#8217;s 3D House of Stewardesses</em></a></li> <li><em>The Eye as Camera</em> from <a href="http://laurieanderson.com/home.shtml">Laurie Anderson</a>&#8217;s <em>Nerve Bible</em> (<a href="http://www.jimdavies.org/laurie-anderson/work/books/stories.html">transcript</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KVZ6G6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KVZ6G6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=OM5TYTQPOAQ6BP5O">Up</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://douglastrumbull.com/">Douglas Trumbull</a>&#8217;s UFOTOG demo film for his new 120P/3D/4K “Magi” process</li> <li><a href="http://showscan.com/main.php">Showscan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.in70mm.com/news/2011/showscan/company/index.htm">Showscan: A 70mm High Impact Experience</a> — in-depth article on showscan, including some mentions of “a corporate film and commercial for the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation.”</li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6i3uccnZhQ">L&#8217;Arrivée d&#8217;un train en gare de La Ciotat</a> — “The story goes that when the film was first shown, the audience was so overwhelmed by the moving image of a life-sized train coming directly at them that people screamed and ran to the back of the room.” via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Arriv%C3%A9e_d%27un_train_en_gare_de_La_Ciotat">Wikipedia</a></li> <li>My experience with <a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/71421589538/hfr">HFR in <em>The Hobbit</em></a> (High Frame Rate, 48 fps)</li> <li><a href="http://www.reald.com/">RealD</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.dolby.com/us/en/professional/technology/cinema/dolby-3d.html">Dolby 3D</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.xpand.me/cinema/">XPAND</a></li> <li><a href="http://3droundabout.com/2013/04/9839/reald-introduces-precision-white-screen-technology-combining-2d-white-screen-performance-with-polarized-3d-capability.html">RealD Precision White</a> screen technology</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MQWJPG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005MQWJPG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=N5OCWPQHQV3G6RSB">How to Train Your Dragon</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085Z8F4A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0085Z8F4A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=RO62PC324LJGDVO3">Prometheus</a> in 3D</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6b-qdtGaXQ">The Amazing Spider-Man 2</a> trailer in 3D</li> <li><a href="http://www.barco.com/~/media/Downloads/Presentation/NAB14_BARCO%20pdf.pdf?">Barco</a> and <a href="http://www.christiedigital.com/en-us/cinema/cinema-technology/cinema-whitepapers/Pages/christie-6P-laser-projection-redefining-3d-cinema.aspx">Christie</a> 6P laser projection</li> <li>Ed Marsh’s essay in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COKMB38/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00COKMB38&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=EWLQCDC32H6BGYY2">3d Storytelling</a></li> <li><a href="http://3dguy.tv/the-real-wizard-behind-the-curtain-part-1-of-2/">The Real Wizard Behind the Curtain, Part 1</a> and <a href="http://3dguy.tv/the-real-wizard-behind-the-curtain-part-2-of-2/">Part 2</a> interview with Ed Marsh, from when <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C7JG0KG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C7JG0KG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr&amp;linkId=6JEGA4NYIRM3YUJX">Oz the Great and Powerful</a> came out.</li> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/85532594595/from-june-of-2010-this-npr-story-tracks-down-a">Hunting Bruce, or, On The Trail of the &#8216;Jaws&#8217; Shark</a>, NPR story by Cory Turner</li> <li><a href="http://vimeo.com/68400837">Inside Jaws</a> a Filmumentary by Jamie Benning</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dracula-1979/id327325433?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Dracula (1979)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/incredible-shrinking-woman/id337784738?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="asever">As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/105168.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 004 - Outland, Altered States, Open Moco, Sensory Deprivation Tanks, Cinefex 4
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_004</a> </p> <p>We chat with film fan Brian Covey about the development of the front-screen Introvision technique for <em>Outland</em> &#8211; or as I like to call it, <em>Sean Connery: Space Cop!</em> &#8211; and the early computer effects and makeup for <em>Altered States,</em> interview Brad Justinen and Shane McKown of Motion Sickness about their Open MoCo project, and take our own dip on a sensory deprivation tank &#8211; for <em>SCIENCE!</em> </p> <p>Also listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3 id="subscribetothepodcast">Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="sponsors">Sponsors</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> <li><a href="http://floatseattle.com/">float|seattle</a> &#8212; Take yourself on a blind date… with yourself.</li> </ul> <h3 id="features">Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/outland/id293790412?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Outland</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introvision">Introvision</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/altered-states/id271781869?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Altered States</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_deprivation_tank">Sensory deprivation tanks</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we&#8217;ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3 id="guests">Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/hidvorak">Brian Covey</a> — Lover of film.</li> <li>Brad Justinen and Shane McKown of <a href="http://motionsick.org/">Motion Sickness</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/openmoco">Open MoCo</a></li> <li>Sean McCormick of <a href="http://floatseattle.com/">float|seattle</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="music">Music</h3> <p>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a>, specifically his <a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/sets/warpgate-music">Warpgate Music</a> playlist </p> <h3 id="researchmaterials">Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue4.htm">Cinefex 4</a> — April 1981</li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/05/22/revisiting-cinefex-issue-4-april-1981/">Revisiting Cinefex (4): Outland and Altered States</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/patents/US5061061">US Patent 5,061,061</a> &#8211; “Front projection composite photography system combining staged action with two projected images”, including diagrams</li> </ul> <h3 id="morebits">More bits</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mrmoco.com/">Mark Roberts Motion Control</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_drive">Harmonic drive</a> for motion control rigs</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intervalometer">Intervalometer</a> for time lapse photography</li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia#Sensory_phenomena">Hypnagogic imagery</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_spot_scanner">Flying-spot scanner</a></li> <li><a href="http://huvrtech.com/">HUVr</a> hoverboard hoax, featuring Tony Hawk, Christopher Lloyd, Moby, and a baffling array of celebrities</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/red-dawn-1984/id572758188?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Red Dawn (1984)</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/stigmata/id337383973?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Stigmata</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/dmt-the-spirit-molecule/id467049614?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">DMT: The Spirit Molecule</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="asever">As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/71630.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 003 - Walter Murch, Sound Design, Saul Bass Title Design, Phase IV, Cinefex 3
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_003</a> </p> <p>We chat with TV writer and producer Ian Brier about Walter Murch’s early sound design for <em>THX 1138, American Graffiti, The Conversation,</em> and <em>Apocalypse Now,</em> as well as Saul Bass’ science fiction film <em>Phase IV,</em> interview Scott Leberecht and Christina Lee Storm about <em>Life After Pi</em> and the current state of the VFX industry, and talk with MK12 partner Ben Radatz about Saul Bass’ career in title design. </p> Also listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. <br /> <h3 id="subscribetothepodcast">Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://itunes.opticalpodcast.com">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="sponsor">Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3 id="features">Features</h3> <ul> <li>Walter Murch’s sound design for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/thx-1138-george-lucas-directors/id272778836?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">THX 1138</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/american-graffiti/id391419489?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">American Graffiti</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-conversation-1974/id403713078?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">The Conversation</a>, and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/apocalypse-now/id393265788?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Apocalypse Now</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hollywoodendingmovie.com/life-after-pi/">Life After Pi</a></li> <li>The title design of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1856697525/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1856697525&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Saul Bass</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/phase-iv/id296457492?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Phase IV</a></li> <li>Follow along with <a href="http://letterboxd.com/bobtiki/list/the-optical-podcast/">our List on Letterboxd</a>, featuring films we’ve covered, and upcoming films to watch.</li> </ul> <h3 id="guests">Guests</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://about.me/ianbrier">Ian Brier</a> — Television Writer and Producer, and Walter Murch aficionado.</li> <li><a href="http://www.hollywoodendingmovie.com/life-after-pi/filmmakers/">Scott Leberecht and Christina Lee Storm</a> — documentary filmmakers</li> <li><a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/ben-radatz/">Ben Radatz</a> — co-founder of <a href="http://mk12.com/MKXII/">MK12</a>, experimental filmmaker, designer, and writer</li> </ul> <h3 id="music">Music</h3> All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a> <br /> <h3 id="researchmaterials">Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue3.htm">Cinefex 3</a> — December 1980</li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/06/14/revisiting-cinefex-issue-3-december-1980/">Revisiting Cinefex (3): Empire, Walter Murch and Phase IV</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1879505622/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1879505622&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">In the Blink of an Eye</a> by Walter Murch</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375709827/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0375709827&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film</a> by Michael Ondaatje</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1856697525/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1856697525&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design</a> by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham</li> <li><a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/saul-bass/">Art of the Title - Saul Bass</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/studio/mk12/">Art of the Title - MK12</a>, including the <a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/quantum-of-solace/">Quantum of Solace</a> titles</li> </ul> <h3 id="morebits">More bits</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.framestore.com/news/gravity-wins-oscar-best-visual-effects">Gravity wins Oscar for Best Visual Effects</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/story/128898-wilhelm/">On the Media: Wilhelm</a> — the history of the Wilhelm scream</li> <li><a href="http://triggertone.com/term/Quintaphonic_Stereo">Quintaphonic sound</a>, and also a mention on the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadraphonic_sound#QS_.28Quadraphonic_Sound.29.2F_RM_.28Regular_Matrix.29">Quadraphonic sound</a> page on Wikipedia</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AVO7WO2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AVO7WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Heart of Darkness</a> (the book) by Joseph Conrad, first published in 1899, about a trip up the river in Africa at the turn of the century, and Kurtz is an ivory trader.</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XECFXS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XECFXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse</a> (the documentary) featuring on-location home movies shot in the Philippines by Eleanor Coppola during the production of Apocalypse Now.</li> <li><a href="http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/education/recollections.html">Jim Morrisson at UCLA</a></li> <li><a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/oscar-protest-visual-effects-protestors-take-to-streets-1201123929/">VFX Artists March at Dolby Theater</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thewrap.com/modus-fx-closes-doors-100-people-laid/">Modus VFX firm goes out of business</a> as of March 6, 2014.</li> <li><a href="http://vfxsoldier.wordpress.com/">VFX Soldier</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/maurice-binder/">Maurice Binder</a>, <a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/pablo-ferro/">Pablo Ferro</a>, <a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/iginio-lardani/">Iginio Lardani</a>, and <a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/daniel-kleinman/">Daniel Kleinman</a>, title designers</li> <li><a href="http://readtiger.com/wkp/en/Lissajous_curve">Lissajous curve</a> — “Not to be confused with spirographs, which are generally enclosed by a circular boundary, whereas Lissajous curves are enclosed by rectangular boundaries.”</li> <li><a href="http://www.awn.com/mag/issue2.5/2.5pages/2.5moritzwhitney.html">The Life of John Whitney, Computer Animation Pioneer</a></li> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/TbV7loKp69s">“Catalog” 1961</a> — “John Whitney’s demo reel of work created with his analog computer/film camera magic machine he built from a WWII anti-aircraft gun sight.” You can see some lissajous figures around the 5:50 mark that, if slowed down, look much like some of the curves seen in the <em>Vertigo</em> titles.</li> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/79068854167/filming-the-invisible-showing-the-nature">Filming the Invisible</a>, showcasing the nature photography of Ken Middleham.</li> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/78960647964/saul-bass-lost-original-ending-for-phase-iv">Saul Bass’ Lost Original Ending for <em>Phase IV</em> Discovered in Los Angeles</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="specialthanks">Special Thanks</h3> <ul> <li>Eric Alba</li> <li>Scot Byrd</li> <li><a href="http://www.albinsondesign.com/">Ian Albinson</a> at <a href="http://www.artofthetitle.com/">Art of the Title</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="asever">As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/23774.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 002 - The Empire Strikes Back, Howie Weed, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, Cinefex 2
<p>Complete show notes (with links) are available at <a href="">http://opticalpodcast.com/episode_002</a> </p> <p>In our second episode, we chat with passionate fan Rob Rhyne about <em>The Empire Strikes Back,</em> interview modelmaker, creature creator, and digital artist Howie Weed about his career and work on <em>The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition,</em> and we quickly chat with Duncan Boszko to get a perspective on Greg Jein&#8217;s physical miniature models in <em>Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941,</em> and <em>The Hunt for Red October</em> from someone who was born after the advent of CGI. </p> <p>Also listen for your chance to win a free 1-year print subscription to <a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a>. </p> <h3 id="subscribe-to-the-podcast">Subscribe to the Podcast</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-optical/id792517226?mt=2&uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store">Subscribe in iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast">Enhanced AAC podcast feed</a></li> <li><a href="http://feedpress.me/opticalpodcast_mp3">MP3 podcast feed</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="sponsor">Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> &#8212; The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3 id="features">Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E9PMMX0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00E9PMMX0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">The Empire Strikes Back</a></li> <li>Greg Jein&#8217;s model work in <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/close-encounters-third-kind/id557265666?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Close Encounters of the Third Kind</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/1941/id310795992?uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">1941</a></li> <li>How are miniature models made?</li> </ul> <h3 id="guests">Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Howie Weed — Model maker, creature creator, digital artist, long-time ILM-er, and the guy inside the Wampa suit in The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition.</li> <li>Rob Rhyne, Empire Strikes Back superfan, Developer, Designer, and CEO of <a href="http://martiancraft.com/">MartianCraft</a>.</li> <li>Duncan Boszko, writer, aspiring filmmaker, and with a play in the 2014 Young Playwright&#8217;s Festival at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ACTYPP">Young Playwrights Program at ACT</a>.</li> </ul> <h3 id="music">Music</h3> <p>All tracks by <a href="http://cherof.com">Aaron Cherof</a>: </p> <ul> <li>0:35:05 &#8212; <a href="https://cherof.bandcamp.com/track/crowd-clout-2">Crowd Clout</a></li> <li>1:43:42 &#8212; <a href="https://cherof.bandcamp.com/track/a-foe-pause">A Foe Pause</a></li> <li>2:02:00 &#8212; <a href="https://cherof.bandcamp.com/track/mamnae">Mamnae</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="research-materials">Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue2.htm">Cinefex 2</a> — August 1980</li> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue3.htm">Cinefex 3</a> — December 1980 — article “Tauntauns, Walkers and Probots” by Paul Mandell</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/making-empire-strikes-back/id669040771?mt=11&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (Enhanced Edition)</a> by J.W. Rinzler</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345290755/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0345290755&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back</a> by Alan Arnold</li> <li><a href="https://vimeo.com/36158111">Building Empire: A Filmumentary</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/jamieswb">Jamie Benning</a> — a fan documentary, where he edits behind-the-scenes, alternate footage, and trivia track information into the film itself.</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345289242/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0345289242&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">The Making of 1941</a> by Glenn Erickson &amp; Mary Ellen Trainor</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557837104/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1557837104&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Spielberg&#8217;s Classic Film</a> by Ray Morton</li> </ul> <h3 id="more-bits">More bits</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Harmys-THE-EMPIRE-STRIKES-BACK-Despecialized-Edition-HD-DVD9-AVCHD-and-SD-NTSC-DVD5-AVAILABLE-NOW-Read-1st-post/topic/12511/">The Empire Strikes Back: Despecialized Edition</a> — a fan edit that keeps as much of the HD releases as possible, but reverts the effects and cut to the original look, even going so far as to re-build the effects from available sources when necessary.</li> <li><a href="http://originaltrilogy.com/Lucasfilm_PR_response.cfm">Lucasfilm confirms</a> that the original editions on the released DVDs are taken from the 1993 Laserdisc masters.</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0517562707/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0517562707&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Dick Smith&#8217;s Do It Yourself Monster Make-Up</a> by Dick Smith, introduction by Rick Baker</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LC25XW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000LC25XW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Stage Makeup: Fifth Edition (1975)</a> by Richard Corson</li> <li>The original wampa suit footage can be seen starting at about five minutes into <a href="https://vimeo.com/36158111">Building Empire</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="as-ever">As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical &#8220;aperture&#8221; logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/17218.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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The Optical 001 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, Daren Dochterman, Cinefex 1
<p>In our premiere episode, we talk about <em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</em> and <em>Alien,</em> chat with Daren Dochterman, VFX Supervisor on <em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition,</em> I admit my <em>2001</em> shame, and we ask: just what is an “optical,” anyway?</p> <h3 id="sponsor">Sponsor</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://cinefex.com/">Cinefex magazine</a> — The journal of cinematic illusions.</li> </ul> <h3 id="features">Features</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/star-trek-the-motion-picture/id211297571?uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store"><em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</em></a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/star-trek-motion-picture-directors/id270472306?uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store"><em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director’s Edition)</em></a></li> <li>What is an “optical”?</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/alien/id361991150?uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store"><em>Alien</em></a></li> </ul> <h3 id="guests">Guests</h3> <ul> <li>Daren R. Dochterman, VFX Supervisor on <em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition.</em> Sites: <a href="http://betafive.com/">betafive.com</a>, <a href="http://blog.darendoc.com/">blog.darendoc.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/">Star Trek Phase II</a></li> <li>Ron “AAlgar” Watt and Matt Rowbotham, of the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/post-atomic-horror-podcast/id393676407?mt=2&amp;uo=4&amp;at=10lmSY">Post Atomic Horror</a> podcast</li> <li>Tom Schmidt, Art Director and VFX Artist, heading <a href="http://percolatedigital.tv">Percolate Digital</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="music">Music</h3> <p>All tracks by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a>: </p> <ul> <li>0:34:50 — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wake-up-sweating/id5060083?i=5060065&uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store">Wake Up Sweating - Active Lancer Original Soundtrack</a></li> <li>1:09:25 — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-las-theme/id599817274?i=599817793&uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store">La La’s Theme - Beginnings</a></li> <li>1:26:50 — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/looking-for-sign-active-lancer/id5060083?i=5060054&uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store">Looking for a Sign (Active Lancer Theme) - Active Lancer Original Soundtrack</a></li> <li>2:02:45 — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/minor-things/id599817274?i=599817794&uo=4&at=10lmSY" target="itunes_store">Minor Things - Beginnings</a></li> </ul> <h3 id="researchmaterials">Research Materials</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue1.htm">Cinefex 1</a> — March 1980</li> <li><a href="http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue2.htm">Cinefex 2</a> — August 1980</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671251813/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0671251813&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">The Making of Star Trek The Motion Picture</a> by Susan Sackett</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671832867/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0671832867&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">Chekov’s Enterprise</a> by Walter Koenig</li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1852864834/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1852864834&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=stationinthemetr">The Book of Alien</a> by Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross</li> <li>Wikipedia: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_effect">Optical effect</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_printer">Optical printer</a></li> <li><a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/05/14/revisiting-cinefex-issue-1/">Revisiting Cinefex (1): Star Trek and Alien</a>, and <a href="http://graham-edwards.com/2011/06/04/revisiting-cinefex-issue-2-august-1980/">Revisiting Cinefex (2): Empire, Greg Jein and Star Trek</a> by Graham Edwards</li> <li><a href="http://www.gavinrothery.com/my-blog/2011/10/7/making-the-alien.html">Making the Alien</a>, <a href="http://www.gavinrothery.com/my-blog/2011/11/15/inside-alien.html">Inside Alien</a>, <a href="http://www.gavinrothery.com/my-blog/2011/11/10/alien-studio-production-report.html">Alien Studio Production Report</a>, and <a href="http://www.gavinrothery.com/my-blog/2011/9/29/alien-model-build-the-narcissus.html">Alien Model Build — The Narcissus</a> by Gavin Rothery</li> </ul> <h3 id="morebits">More bits</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/68577578757/rathole-via-the-handheld-mathematics-of">The Handheld Mathematics of Geometer Ron Resch</a>, who designed the iris-like V’ger Maw.</li> <li><a href="http://opticalpodcast.com/post/67759697957/dave-brasgalla-when-i-first-saw-the-ios-7">Ron Cobb’s Alien Icons</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_T5T0PPY94&amp;noredirect=1">“Hey Really Giger” on SuperEgo</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTEJLCgamos">the installment where the “Hey Really” joke actually happens</a> at the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTEJLCgamos&amp;t=3m16s">3:16 mark</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VCPFGY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002VCPFGY&linkCode=as2&tag=stationinthemetr">Trinity &amp; Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=freaNntFqW4">You Are My Lucky Star</a> — Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in <em>Singin’ in the Rain</em></li> </ul> <h3 id="asever">As ever</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/digitaldroo/optical-theme-song-for-the">The Optical theme</a> by <a href="http://www.digitaldroo.com/">Digital Droo</a></li> <li>The Optical “aperture” logo by Mike Gower</li> </ul><img src="http://feedpress.me/5043/13747.gif" height="1" width="1"/>
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