Yesterday I’ve heard the sad news that the mythical Cinefex publication was going to end!

I wanted to thank their entire team for their excellent work over the past 40 years! I became one of your fans in 1997 with the issue 71 hidden in a small bookshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. I haven’t missed a single issue since and reading your articles has strengthened my decision to be part of this exciting industry, first as a compositing artist and then as a consultant. The Art of VFX was born out of this passion and I owe you a lot for that.

Thank for your hard work Gregg, Jody and Joe!

Here is their message:

CINEFEX (1980-2021)

A year ago this month, Cinefex celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Historically, it was a publishing landmark few magazines achieve, and we were immensely proud of our accomplishment and grateful to those whose support and dedication helped us to achieve it.

Then the world upended.

Within weeks, the coronavirus pandemic swept across the planet, deadly and implacable; and to this date, its inexorable march through countries, communities and families remains largely unchecked.

The human toll has been devastating, but so, too, the toll upon businesses, countless numbers of which shut down due to economic necessity or government mandate.

More than 100,000 of those businesses, in the U.S. alone, will never reopen.

We are deeply sad to announce that Cinefex will be among them.

The pandemic deprived us of subject matter, retail outlets, and, most critically, advertisers, many of whom, like us, struggled to remain afloat in a climate of intense turmoil and uncertainty.

We did our best to weather the storm, but ultimately the storm prevailed.

We have just shipped the final issue of a magazine that has documented and celebrated one of the most vibrant and exciting art forms in entertainment history. It has been our great honor and privilege to do so. We bid you a fond farewell.

Gregg Shay

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2021


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