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Ep 205: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”

September 13, 2022

We swing through Spielberg’s “Raider’s of the Lost Ark” and discuss:

  • Cinematography, framing, blocking, cheating;
  • Story & writing, setting up the supernatural, Indy the hero, epic failures;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

β€œThe brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all. – Richard Branson

Notes & References:
How Richard Branson started Virgin Atlantic Airlines
Branson went to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic flight
Spielberg wanted to make a James Bond film and made Indiana Jones instead
James Bond franchise is a family affair
Radiohead’s “Everything in its right place” song
Backstory to the infamous swordsman vs the gun scene according to producer Frank marshall
Backstory to the infamous swordsman scene according to Harrison Ford (Reddit AMA, very much worth reading!)
Watch Steven Soderbergh’s black & white cut of Raiders
Mickey Mouse Club intro (YouTube)
John Williams debuts new music for Indiana Jones 5
Raiders was shot on Panavision C Series lenses, all primes

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Movie Stills

A nice composition, great use of space to keep us oriented within the scene’s geography.

Between the wide and the punch-in the sun has barely moved in the sky. Very nice timing at a critical point in the day. I wonder if at this same time they were grabbing a long lens for the closeup of the distant hill against the sun.

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