The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films

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Press:Del Rey Del Rey; First Edition edition (May 20, 2008)
Publication Date:2008-5-20
Author Name:J.W. Rinzler,Laurent Bouzereau


From Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Kingdom of the Crystal SkullThe man with the hat is back–in the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the Indiana Jones epic action saga.When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg put their heads together to create a no-holds-barred action-adventure movie, bigger-than-life hero Indiana Jones was born. 
The rest is breathtaking, record-breaking box-office history.
Now comes an all-new Indiana Jones feature film: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Here’s your chance to go on location for an up-close, all-access tour of the year’s most eagerly anticipated blockbuster, as well as the classics.
The Complete Making of Indiana Jones is a crash course in movie magic-making–showcasing the masters of the craft and served up by veteran entertainment chroniclers J.
Rinzler and Laurent Bouzereau.
Inside you’ll find:• exclusive on-set interviews with the entire cast and crew of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, and John Hurt–plus director Steven Spielberg, executive producer George Lucas, screenwriter David Koepp, and the incredible production team that built some of the most fantastic sets ever.• hundreds of full-color images–from storyboards, concept paintings, and set design schematics to still photos from all four films with candid action shots of the productions in progress• an in-depth chronicle of the making of the first three Indiana Jones movies–Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade–including transcripts of the original concept meetings, cast and crew anecdotes, production photos, and information on scenes that were cut from the final films• never-before-seen artwork and archival gems from the Lucasfilm Archives• and much more!Don’t miss the thrilling new movie or this definitive making-of opus.
It’s as essential to fans as that trusty bullwhip is to Indy!


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  •     I boughtThe Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Filmson the 30th anniversary ofIndiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and boy has it been a great way to celebrate Indy's birthday. The book provides a pretty detailed history of all 4 Indiana Jones movies, from Raiders to Crystal Skull. Also, it includes storyboard and production photos. It's a fairly quick read, but it looks beautiful and you'll probably find yourself flipping through this many times as you rewatch the movies.One thing you start to realize reading the book is just how taxing the entire movie production was, both mentally and physically, for the cast and crew. While not quite as stressful for Spielberg as Star Wars was for Lucas, still it seems like every other page Harrison Ford is getting hurt or ILM fears it's in over its head. Spielberg even nearly broke down after weeks in Tunisia - a surprisingly candid recollection from an official Lucasfilm book. Also, while this book is published by Lucasfilm and hence isn't going to air dirty laundry, it still reveals quite a few interesting disagreements between the principals, including sometimes testy exchanges between Lucas and Spielberg over the story concepts (of course, relatively "testy", but still with some noticeable tension).The book spends the most time on Raiders, but also covers Temple of Doom and Crystal Skull in some depth. I was disappointed that the Last Crusade, my favorite of the films, received the least attention. There were some interesting stories about the original concept for the third Indy movie (let's just say it involves a Monkey King and no Sean Connery), but after that it whizzes by.One change I'd recommend would be to include the time or date of when a particular person said something. Rinzler includes thousands of direct quotes from the cast and crew, which is great, but it's also not entirely clear when certain people said something. I would interpret a quote that was spoken during production of the film differently than one stated some 20-30 years later in retrospect. For example, Harrison Ford says Indy III was the most fun, but was that simply something he said during a promotional interview in 1989 or his feelings 20 years later? Most of the quotes seem to come from around the making of the films, but it's not entirely clear. Overall, I wish Rinzler had included more retrospectives from the principal cast and crew.Overall, this is definitely THE book to get if you're an Indy fan. At least for Last Crusade, it's not quite definitive, but for the other movies it's pretty close to definitive.
  •     I loved this book. In fact, I love all four of the Indiana Jones movies.
  •     I've bought a wide range of books over the years. Sometimes I've regretted the purchase. That is certainly not the case with this excellent book on the Indiana Jones films. I would highly recommend it - unlike some movie based books, there is a lot of substance - the fact that both George Lucas and Steven Spielburg have contributed prefaces goes to show how well respected this book is by the very people responsible for the movies. You only have to hold the book in your hands and feel its weight to know that a lot of research went in to creating it.I thought the book would be good, and was pleasantly surprised to find it even better than expected. If you enjoy the Indiana Jones movies then this would be a good coffee table book for you.Won't give any information away, but some of the ideas that didn't make it to the big screen are quite surprising. Thankfully Spielburg and Harrison Ford managed to curb Lucas's enthusiasm for sci-fi. I hope that they make one more movie - as long as it doesn't involve any more aliens or CGI based action scenes! Somehow I doubt that it will happen though. So you're pretty safe in buying this book as the 'complete' making of!
  •     Great Book for any Indiana Jones enthusiast!!
  •     My nephew is a huge Jones fan and he LOVED this gift !
  •     A must for any fan. This book is amazing. I'm completely blown away. Thanks for the great offer and the super speedy delivey.
  •     A behind the scenes veiw of these stunning Indiana Jones films using the Lucas Film Archives.Each Item is beautifully photograhed & described in detailIt goes on to discuss the making of each film including its background , & interveiws members of all depts from writers designers ,technicians ,actors & filmmakers .Highly recommended for Film buffs , modellers & those who just like this feild presented by people who love what they do & want to talk about it.Chris D
  •     A must have for any Indiana Jones fan !!!
  •     Excellent series with in-depth first person interviews. Highly Recommended!!!!!
  •     The ultimate book for the Indiana Jones fan. I fit that bill with several high-end, hand made Indy Fedoras (not the "Official" ones that are terrible), several expensive Indy style leather jackets, Aldens boots...well, you get it. I know the series well and this book is fantastic at covering the behind-the-scenes stuff withholds of photos and diagrams seldom ever published elsewhere. This book is truly a collectable and a fun read!
  •     Great book. If you're a fan of Spielbrg or Lucas it's a must-have.
  •     book is in good condition. cover had some tears but repairable,
  •     Best Christmas gift for my daughter .
  •     Great
  •     A+ book on the making of Indiana Jones. Inside you will find fantastic stories from the old days with inside information on the creation of the films. From Raiders to Crystal, this book covers it all. Full color photos and paintings with excellent pictures and items from the films. I plan on collecting all these Lucasfilm books by J.W. Rinzler because he has greatly impressed me with the amount of time and research put into these. You can really tell he put his heart into these books, and the high quality shows for itself. If you are fan of Indiana Jones, filmmaking, Lucas, Spielberg, and Harrison Ford then this book will deliver!

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