The Optical

This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2014-01-10) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

I find it hard to believe than anyone who follows me here doesn't also follow me on Twitter or Facebook or somesuch, so you've probably already heard way too much about this, but just in case...

I've been blogging at a Tumblr site called The Optical for the last three months or so, posting cool movie-related items every day: mostly behind-the-scenes stuff, but also videos, photos, art, and links to interesting movie articles.

Just a couple of days ago, I launched The Optical podcast, which has been 9 months in the making. In the monthly podcast, we're revisiting the very first issues of Cinefex magazine, talking about the movies and topics they covered 30+ years ago, one issue per episode. We talk to people involved in the films, people who make movies, and people who love movies, and try to have a fun time doing it.

In our premiere episode, we talk about Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Alien with my good friends AAl and Matt from the Post Atomic Horror podcast, chat with Daren Dochterman, VFX Supervisor on Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Edition, I admit my 2001 shame, and we ask: just what is an “optical,” anyway?

If revisiting old effects movies from the '80s sounds like a cool idea to you, I hope that you'll join us on the journey and give the podcast a listen.

The Optical Podcast Episode 001 Cover Art