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20 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Raiders of the Lost Ark

Paul Freeman, Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey and Pat Roach at the UK Premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981. Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood) on set of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  When you have an itch just out of reach, this will do nicely. Inside of the now famous Chachapoyan fertility idol that Indiana Jones goes after at the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Douglas Slocombe along with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford examine the Chachapoyan fertility idol. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg in front of the The Bantu Wind, the weather beaten cargo ship Indy, Marion, and the Ark of the Covenant hitch a ride on in Raiders Of The Lost Ark Meal time on set.  During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got dysentery or food poisoning, except a wise Steven Spielberg. He insisted on only eating out of cans that were shipped in from England. Karen Allen, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and John Rhys-Davies On Set Of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This was

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

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 h

INDIANA JONES SNIPPETS: Did You Know Karen Allen Sustained An Injury On The Second Day Of Shooting? Here's How.

Karen Allen Gets Punched In The Face By Extra On the second day of shooting for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Karen Allen sustained a blow to her face.  Obviously accidentally while she struggled with Nazi extras on the set of Bantu Wind.  Ice packs had to be applied and thankfully the hit wasn't bad enough to stop her continuing with the filming. Considering it was the first location for filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, the days ahead on the Bantu Wind were challenging.  Seasickness, changeable weather conditions and to top it all, the weather services in France were on general strike.  Despite all this, time for the this particular location wrapped up fifteen minutes early even with extra scenes shot for Sallah's goodbye. If you want to find out more about the Bantu Wind and what happened to it you can read our article about the boat here. The Bantu Wind The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

40 Years of Indiana Jones: Thank You Ben Burtt

How in the world does one put the power of sound into a written form that doesn't actually sound like anything? Well, I'm not sure, but I sure am going to try to do the genius work of Ben Burtt justice here. Here at The Bearded Trio, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and the character of Indiana Jones. We tend to shine our spotlight, deservedly so, on three of the creatives behind one of cinema's transcendent characters - George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Williams. However, on the occasion of this anniversary, we're taking a look at other figures who played just as big a part in making the 1981 film, and Indy's character as unforgettable as they are. You can check out Rob's wonderful tribute to Director of Photography Douglas Slocombe on the site today. Ben Burtt landed his first big assignment as the sound editor of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). He carried out George Lucas's marching orders t

40 Years Of Indiana Jones. Thank You Douglas Slocombe!

Douglas Slocombe And His Special Skills We often say how much of a genius John Williams is for the epic music he creates, or the directing talents of Steven Spielberg but movies that become classics are a collaboration of talented people at the peak of their skills and careers.   When you celebrate a movie franchise such as Indiana Jones which marks its 40th anniversary this year, we should thank the whole of the cast for the movies that we enjoy and here at The Bearded Trio we do thank them.  However, there should be a time when we pin-point particular talents that made the Indiana Jones movies unique in look, sound and feel.   Douglas Slocombe is one of those people that should be mentioned.  The look of the Indy movies is thanks to the talents of this lighting wizard. Slocombe, one of the best cinematographers of all time definitely put his stamp on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade as Director of Photography .  The look of Raiders was a nod to the 1930'


Friday's episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, "Battle Scars," to me, is the strongest episode since the season premier last month. We are reintroduced to an old friend, visit a new but familiar location and a long-simmering plot line finds resolution. The episode opens with the group flying the Havoc Marauder on the run from attacking ships, having just completed an off-screen mission to obtain an alien lizard. Echo fixes the hyperdrive and the ship escapes back to its home base and Cid. They deliver the lizard to Cid, who pays Hunter a fraction of what he believes Cid owes them. Hunter expresses frustration over how small their payment is while Wrecker and Omega escape to indulge in their end-of-mission tradition - enjoying what can only be described as "space popcorn."  While in Cid's cantina, the group is spied upon by a mysterious figure in a hood. It is revealed to be none other than Captain Rex, who tracked the group down via the Martez sisters, seen i

Father's Day Gift Idea: These Retro Star Wars Stein and Coaster Sets

This is a genuine gift idea and no affiliated links are involved.  We get sent plenty of emails from companies asking us to recommend their products and most as you can tell from the site, we ignore.  But now and again a product will catch our eye and in this particular case, these retro stein and coaster Star Wars sets caught my particular eye.  Why?  Well it's retro Star Wars and they have Ralph McQuarrie images on them.  As a kid my imagination would run wild staring at his wonderful artwork so having the option of staring at his wonderful artwork AND drinking a beer at the same time, what's not to like?  With Father's Day approaching, these would make a perfect gift. Only question I have is, where's the Return of the Jedi stein and coaster set?   Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Stein and Coaster Sets by Heroes & Villains SRP: $28 Available: 6/4 Description: Shop Star Wars stein and


Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prop Store are hosting an auction where (if you've got the cash) you can get your hands on some genuinely rare antiquities from the world of Indiana Jones. There are over 1300 units worth over $6 million and some extremely rare items.  How about Indy's fedora from Temple of Doom that is estimated for a cool $150,000 to $250,000? Or the above production-used clapperboard from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) which is estimated to sell for between $10,000 – $15,000?  Let's be honest, "THAT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!" But here's hoping they go to a fine collector who will show them off for all to see. Here's the full press release along with details on where you can bid, it all kicks off from 29th June for three days: Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, commented on the upcoming auction: "We love all things Indiana Jones-related here at Prop Store, but the character’s signature fedora is easily one o

Happy 50th Anniversary to Lucasfilm!

Thank you Lucasfilm for bringing so many TV, gaming and movie memories over five decades.  From movies we will never forget to new technology that changed the way movies and games were made.  From making a knight jump out of stained-glass window to overloading our senses with immersive sounds.  From making me a mighty pirate looking for the Big Whoop™️ treasure to standing next to Darth Vader in my VR world. Thank you!  Thank you for bringing 50 years of dreams and making them come to life in the cinema and our own homes.  Thank you, Lucasfilm! From Star Lucasfilm was founded in 1971 by George Lucas. Films such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones took the world by storm and revolutionized visual effects, sound design, animation, and other groundbreaking filmmaking techniques. The artists and technicians of Lucasfilm have never stopped innovating and continue to influence the film industry today. The Mandalorian is currently one of top series on Disney+. Across the Company, Lucasfil


We are now one-third of the way through the first season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the sixth episode, Decommissioned, continues to expand the scope of familiar characters in this universe the Bad Batch encounter, for better or worse. The episode opens as the group is given another job by Cid, the Trandoshian we met in last week's episode. She has them traveling to Corellia to retrieve a tactical droid, a droid featured prominently throughout The Clone Wars. Tactical droids were used by the Separatists to devise war theater strategy against the Republic army throughout the duration of the war. Their droid brains still contained valuable information. Turns out, the Bad Batch aren't the only ones after this tactical droid. They travel to a factory on Corellia where Separatist droids are being melted down for scrap, carrying out Emperor Palpatine's command shortly after the implementation of Order 66. The factory is populated with police droids, but two others, dressed s


Original Carrie Fisher “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” script and remote control R2 droid, are among over 100 original “Star Wars” props & memorabilia to go under the hammer in upcoming Los Angeles auction   Carrie Fisher’s “Princess Leia” heavily annotated original script from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is estimated to sell for between $30,000 – $50,000 (£21,100 - 35,200) as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Tuesday 29 th  July, Wednesday 30 th  July and Thursday 1 st  July 2021, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over $6.1 million (£4.4 million) Original remote control  R2-SHP from Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) is estimated to sell for between $80,000 - $120,000 (£56,300 - 84,500) Over 1,300 unique and original items to be made available to bidders in one of the world’s largest live auctions of film and television memorabilia Bids can be placed online from anywhere in the world or by phone Brand