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INDIANA JONES SNIPPETS: George Lucas Suffered With Sea Sickness On The Set Of Raiders of the Lost Ark

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George Lucas Feeling Unwell On The Set Of Raiders Of The Lost Ark

George Lucas And His Sea Sickness

On the fourth day of shooting for Raiders of the Lost Ark, cast and crew headed out to sea for what looked like a calm day, just like the day before.  Filming was on the Bantu Wind from June 23rd to the 27th, 1980.  Unfortunately, the conditions soon became rough.  The teams were divided into small boats, The Aiglon II was Spielberg's boat, Venus des Lles were the crews.  Safety boats, tugboats, and a dory were all used.  What is a dory boat?   A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat around five metres in length. George Lucas was on the dory.

The dory was actually damaged during the day as the weather worsened and a large swell caused it to run into another boat.  Several people became ill including George Lucas.  He wasn't alone though as executive producer, Howard Kazanjian also came down with sea sickness.  So much that he spent two days in his hotel room.

George Lucas must have been relieved that the next location was to be on more solid ground as on the Friday he headed to Paris and would be in England by the Sunday for shooting at Elstree Studios on the Monday.
Harrison Ford drying off between shots on the sea.

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