Interesting Kickstarter project involving digitizing ALL Cinefex issues for the iPad. 8 days left to get in on this deal. From their KS page:

What Is Cinefex Magazine?

Cinefex is an indispensable resource for anyone who loves the process of creating movie magic. Whether you work in the visual effects or animation industry, are a filmmaking or effects hobbyist, or just love to hear behind-the-scenes stories of some of the past decade's most visually significant and incredible films, Cinefex magazine will inform, awe, and fascinate you.

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STOP-MOTION (17 issues) - By supporting us at this backer level, we will give you 17 issues of Cinefex magazine that cover stop-motion animation techniques. This collection includes issues on Ray Harryhausen, Ghostbusters, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, just to name a few.

That is just one of the reward tiers. More info here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/newscribbler/cinefex-classic-co...

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I have about half of the issues with stop motion, so I went for the  $50 stopmo pledge.  The $100 All Back Issues option was already fully subscribed.

After finding less and less of interest for the last 3 or 4 years, I let my subscription run out on issue 116.  Too many photos of guys staring at computer monitors!   So of course the very next issue - the one I didn't get -  was the Coraline issue.  It's never been a magazine that appears on news stands here in Australia, just one specialist fantasy and sci-fi bookstore in the city used to carry it, and I only got there once every two years or so.  I think that bookstore is long gone now. So I only have a handful of issues before No 33 when my first subscription started, and none after it ended.

It was always one of the best magazines covering any subject, and as long as there was still a good dose of practical effects work, like prosthetic makeup, animatronics, miniatures, and stop mo, included.   It was worth subscribing, or even, sometimes,  paying the shop price ( more than double the US cover price).  The write-ups were good, and they always seemed to make the effort to credit the guys who actually did the work.

An iPad version is not like owning the actual printed copy, like Kindle books it really feels more like borrowing it from the library.   But I guess it's the best substitute available.

I had several of the early issues that were a big influence. #16 was all about the career of Rick Baker. There was so much technical information in that issue about creature effects and mold making. That one issue taught me so much. The articles and photos were always so inspiring but what I liked most about Cinefex was that it went beyond the surface, it dug deep into the technique of SPFX. Most of my small collection is gone, given away, the remainder is in storage 3000 miles away. I like the idea of having the entire library accessible anywhere I carry my iPad.
Thanks for the heads up on this Anthony! I started collecting from day one but my interest petered out once it got too digital. I have a full set up to about no.100 or so. But I'm probably going to back the stop motion issues just to have them in a handy format. The Rick Baker issue was also hugely influential to me!

The Cinefex App for iPad (IOS6 or 7) is now available (free) at the App Store, and the back issues are available for download!  I don't know how many of you were backers, if you were you would have got an email.  But individual issues can be bought (for $5.50 or something like that) by anyone.

I've started downloading the first 3 issues of the Stopmotion Collection that I subscribed to.  Their email suggests downloading 5 at a time rather than all the issues, but with Australia's low speed narrowband, even 3 issues looks like it will take a few hours.  So I will go for one at a time after these have downloaded.

Issue #7 from 1982 is devoted to Willis O'brien. It's the best source of information that I know of on his career.

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