Fein's interest in science fiction and storytelling began in childhood, with reruns of Star Trek and classics ranging from "Casablanca" to "Godzilla" to "King Kong." The works of Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen particularly led him to study the art of visual effects. Armed with his father's 8mm movie camera, Fein made many animated shorts with everything from paper and clay to models and figures. His film studies continued in college where he produced a number of innovative student films.
Later working as a journalist, Fein developed an active relationship with the publicity, marketing, and distribution arms of the major studios. He assisted with the campaigns for various films including Fox's "Aliens" and LucasFilm's "Labyrinth."
It was during this time that he began his quest to create the definitive "making of" film project. After many years of research, he knew that no film had ever been fully examined and documented from beginning to end. Inspired by The Voyager Company's early special edition projects such as "King Kong," his goal became to uncover the story of a film as told through — and in tribute to the work of — the filmmakers. (Fein eventually would become a consultant on The Voyager Company's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" supplemental and restoration project.)
James Cameron's "Aliens" was Fein's first project, and the resulting studio-sponsored special edition laserdisc would be the first to be labeled "film school in a box" by many educators and industry professionals. Released in the early 1990s, the laserdiscs of "Aliens" and Ridley Scott's "Alien" — produced with partner Michael Matessino — became the benchmarks that defined "special editions," with results that are evident in today's best DVDs.
Fein founded Sharpline Arts, an award-winning name in documentary filmmaking for television and video, and soon turned his attention back to his true goal of storytelling. Together again with Matessino, he approached Robert Wise about completing Wise's unfinished "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." The legendary filmmaker respected their vision for the film and fully embraced the project, entrusting Fein as its producer. In 2001 Fein — along with Matessino as restoration supervisor, and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman — received the Video Premiere Award for his profound contributions to the extensively restored, re-envisioned film. Fein is currently developing a number of film and television projects and in 2003 completed a recut of director Marc Fusco's film "Stealing Time" with Ethan Embry, Scott Foley and Jennifer Garner.
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