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Series: Movie Magic
Season: One–Five
No. of episodes: 70
Run time: 25 minutes
Release date: 1994 – 1997 (Discovery Channel)
1994 – 1st Star Trek episode
1995 – 2nd Star Trek episode
Language: English
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LaserDisc release
Series: Movie Magic
Season: One
No. of episodes: 6
No. of discs: 1
Run time: 25 minutes/episode
Release date: 21 December 1994 (Japan)
Language: English, Japanese (narrator)
Subtitles: Japanese
Reference: ASLF-5041

Movie Magic was a documentary series which focused on the creation of film and television special (SFX) and visual effects (VFX), and was broadcast in the US by the Discovery Channel.

Seventy approximately twenty-five minute episodes were produced and broadcast over five seasons between 1994 and 1997. The series was produced by a succession of production companies which included GRB Entertainment, Glacier Point, and Sequoia Entertainment, Inc. An in French dubbed version, Le cinéma des effets spéciaux, is known to have aired in France, whereas the first season saw a 1994 three-volume LaserDisc release by Amuse Video in Japan, followed by a single 1998 LaserDisc anthology with episodes taken from all seasons. [1] No other home media releases are known to exist to date.

The series had featured many SFX and VFX production staffers, who had worked for Star Trek, but were in the series featured for other productions. Several episodes are currently preserved for posterity on the video sharing website YouTube.

Star Trek Edit

The series did however, feature two episodes with a specific focus on Star Trek productions,

Season 1, Episode 11: "Models and Miniatures – A Model of Perfection" Edit

This episode was broadcast in 1994 and was entirely devoted to Star Trek productions, particularly the episodes "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" and "Emissary". Largely focused on the art of miniature photography, it presented behind-the-scenes effects footage and interviews with Howard A. Anderson, Jr., Richard C. Datin, Jr., Robert Legato, Dan Curry, Gregory Jein, and David Carson, whereas Tony Meininger was featured at work, though not providing any spoken commentary.

This episode was included as the first one on the first volume, subtitled "file: 1/3", of the 1994 Japanese LaserDisc releases [2], whereas the 1998 release did not contain any of the Star Trek episodes. [3]

Season 3, Episode 2: "Space Effects – The Space Race" Edit

This episode was broadcast in 1995 and further explored the special effects created for "Emissary", re-using much of the footage already shown in the 1994 episode, including the Robert Legato interview.

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