Tag Archives: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Matted into the scene?

I always assumed  that this final scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) was filmed on location in Petra, Jordan.  That building carved out of a rock wall is real. But on second look, I think the actors are blue screened in to the location.

(This was 1989, before they were using GREEN screens, BLUE was dominant).

 

What do you think?

Maybe the area in front of the real Petra is too narrow to fit a film crew?

mattkprovideo.com/2019/01/05/matted-into-the-scene/

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Spielberg on Jaws & Raiders

https://mattkprovideo.com/2018/07/18/spielberg-on-jaws-raiders/

Spielberg  and Dick Cavett discuss Jaws & Raiders

 

Spielberg couldn’t say “Midget” today.

In fact on the JAWS DVD he always says “little person.”

This talk show is slow and tame by todays standards. In the “post Arsenio” era they’d be encouraging rowdiness from the crowd.

Today the shark would of course be CGI.  But why not “muppeteers” under a rubber shark?

 

 

John Williams Documentary

Star Wars – Music by John Williams Rare 1980 Documentary

https://mattkprovideo.com/2017/12/07/john-williams-documentary/

 

A documentary on the amazing John Williams. He scored most of the great movie epics of the last 30 years: Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark and all its sequels, Star Wars and all its sequels!

His music is the best part of anything that he has worked on.

Williams score brought the fear and dread of the impending shark attacks in Jaws. He ( and George Lucas) had the great idea to have the music score for Star Wars contradict the pictures.  High Tech futuristic imagery with old style pseudo classical music underneath gave the potentially goofy movie a seriousness and elegance it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

 

Say what you want about the Phantom Menace…. John Williams music score, especially “Duel of the Fates” is excellent!

 

At 14:06 you can see the Carbon Freeze scene from The Empire Strikes Back with the original undubbed voices!