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Cinefex is a magazine that, in each issue, specifically focuses in-depth on the technical aspects of the special or rather the visual effects used in a particular movie or television production. Launched in 1980 under stewardship of Don Shay, it has become the foremost periodical magazine on special effects, as it was known at the time, in the business and is (as of 2012) still being published. Its very first issue was equally dedicated to Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the movie Alien.

Though there is a certain overlap in the subject matter with the contemporary magazines American Cinematographer and Cinefantastique, Cinefex's focus lies on the various aspects of creating of what is presently called "visual effects", whereas American Cinematographer is focused on the actual filming techniques and Cinefantastique, together with the other contemporary publication, Starlog, covered a lesser in-depth but wider range of behind-the-scenes aspects. As such, the magazines can be considered complimentary.

Noteworthy is that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has not received any coverage in Cinefex.

Notable issues

Of particular relevance to Star Trek are the following issues:

Issue Cover Contents
1, March 1980 Cinefex cover 01 Star Trek: The Motion Picture:
- Into the V'Ger Maw with Douglas Trumbull, Don Shay, pp. 4-33
2, August 1980 Cinefex cover 02 Star Trek: The Motion Picture:
- Greg Jein-Miniature Giant, Brad Munson, pp. 24-49
- Star Trekking at Apogee with John Dykstra, Don Shay, pp. 50-72
18, August 1984 Cinefex cover 18 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:
- The Last Voyage of the Starship "Enterprise", Brad Munson, pp. 42-68
29, February 1987 Cinefex cover 29 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home:
- Humpback to Future, Jody Duncan Shay, pp. 4-31
37, February 1989 Cinefex cover 37 TNG Season 1:
- Special Effects The Next Generation, Glenn Campbell & Donna Trotter, pp. 4-21
42, May 1990 Cinefex cover 42 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier:
- Sharing the Pain, Paul Mandell, pp. 44-68
49, February 1992 Cinefex cover 49 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:
- Letting Slip the Dogs of Wars, Kevin H. Martin, pp. 38-60
61, March 1995 Cinefex cover 61 Star Trek Generations:
- Kirk Out, Kevin H. Martin, pp. 62-77
69, March 1997 Cinefex cover 69 Star Trek: First Contact:
- Phoenix Rising, Kevin H. Martin, pp. 98-119
77, April 1999 Cinefex cover 77 Star Trek: Insurrection:
- Lost in the Briar Patch, Kevin H. Martin, pp. 68-95
93, April 2003 Cinefex cover 93 Star Trek Nemesis:
- Through a Glass Darkly, Bill Norton, pp. 88-111
118, July 2009 Cinefex cover 118 Star Trek:
- A New Enterprise, Joe Fordham, pp. 40-71

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