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Entry updated 6 March 2019. Tagged: Publication.

Letter-size saddle-stapled special effects Cinema magazine. Originally a Fanzine issued by Don Dohler (1946-2006) for 11 photocopied issues from 1972 to 1979. Relaunched in 1979 by O'Quinn Publications. Edited by Dohler and others. 36 issues from 1979 to 1987; the publication schedule was roughly quarterly.

This was the first US magazine to offer instructions on how to create special effects for amateur films. It began as a Fanzine published by Dohler alone, with severely limited distribution. In 1979, O'Quinn Publications purchased the rights to the title and subsequently issued it as a Prozine published through most of the 1980s. The magazine offered advice on everything from matte paintings to building model Spaceships to stop-motion animation for Dinosaurs and other creatures. Cinemagic was never a huge success in terms of sales, but helped launch the careers of a number of professionals in the film and Television industries, including J J Abrams and Tom Sullivan. Most back issues are available in online archives. [GSt]

see also: Media Magazines.

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