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TheRaider.net Films Raiders: The Adaptation Shot-by-Shot
 
A Shot-by-Shot remake

Here you can compare screenshots from the original
Raiders film with shots from The Adaptation.

 
This is one of the earliest shots done. Chris is 11 years old in this shot and stares into the eyes of the corpse of "Forrestal". This is also one of Jayson's first creations he did when the trio started working together. The chamber of light was built in the garage of Eric's moms house. Notice the brown vinyl jacket and the dyed felt hat.
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Indy runs from the Hovitos. Harrison on the left - Chris on the right. Shot in Eric's backyard. Swamp/forest in the background.
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Classroom scene. A 14 year old Chris as a professor of archaeology. This scene holds a record for the trio. One shot in this scene was taken 37 times. Shot in a local church and revisited for retakes three years later resulting in Chris's voice dropping mid-scene.
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Marion Ravenwood (Angela Rodriguez) slugs off a bottle during the bar fight. To get the bottle to "turn over" from gunfire, Eric tied fishing wire to the neck and pulled it over off screen.
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Chris as Indiana is silhouetted against a burning wall inside the basement set of the bar. Also shot inside Eric's moms house.
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Ronald Lacy and Ted Ross both scream in agony as the medallion burns itself into their hand.
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Cairo street fight. The trio and cast were almost arrested shooting this scene because someone called the cops and told them they were shooting skin flicks. Marion (Angela) can be seen in smaller version of a hay filled, Arab pulled cart.
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Marion is tied to tent pole and discovered by Indiana. Chris (Indy) lays one on Angela (Marion) and was so nervous he "forgot" his lines over and over. They therefore had to kiss "over and over and over." Jayson teases Chris about this scene to this day. Ahhhhh - young love.
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Marion has just been tossed into the Well of the Souls. Chris (Indy) was so hot and so exhausted in this shot that he unknowingly mouthed the words to Angela's dialogue as she speaks. Eric, Chris and Jay built the Well of the Souls underneath the staircase in the basement of Eric's moms house.
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Crazy kids!! A 16 year old Chris (Indy) moves himself under the front of a moving Nazi truck (1964 Ford). Eric, Chris and Jay dragged the donated truck out of swamp, removed the engine, built photography and stunt platforms around the truck preparing it for the big day. The front grill was made out of a BBQ grill and painted silver.
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Chris drags behind the truck as Eric directs Jayson from a car driving just behind. Very hot, very dirty, very hard scene to shoot. But fun!!
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Rats on the left. Gerbils on the right. Eric designed and built the wooden crate housing the ark. Eric used a blowtorch from Radio Shack to burn a hole in the swastika from inside the crate. Gerbils are excellent at taking direction and gave a fantastic performance that day.
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Bantu Wind scene as the Nazis board. Chris pokes his head through a porthole on the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. After three long years of asking, Captain Deffley finally let the trio shoot there.
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Indy dries off from a long ride on the sub. Eric, Chris and Jay shot this in an old airplane hanger in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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A disheveled Indy is caught by an officer. Due to a lack of actors who could handle the German, Eric played the admonishing officer himself.
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Also shot in the airplane hangar, Eric Zala (Belloq) exclaims to an uneasy Dietrich (Michael Bales), "...the one TRUE Ark!."
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On the way to perform an ancient Hebrew ritual - the trio shot this scene around the same as the excavation scenes were shot. Shot in Lizana, Mississippi in a massive, sprawling dirt pit. The owner of the property, Bo Jo Flemming was... well, a dirt salesman. After saying no, he finally agreed to let the boys use his property after his wife told him she had seen the boys on a local TV news show.
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"Jones!? Jooones?!!! Your persistence surprises even me!" This was shot around the same time as the Tanis Digs because they had to make the best use of the location while they were out there in Lizana, Mississippi. Try finding Lizana on a map. I dare you. Wow. In the middle of NOWHERE!
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This...this IS history! Shot years later, "it's one of my favorite shots in the film." says Chris. It was shot in the front yard of Eric's moms house.
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The melting scene. Jayson Lamb works his magic with firecrackers, roman candles tied to Eric's arms, gunpowder, electricity, brillo pads and X-mas lights. Jayson tended to do the really dangerous stuff himself because the trio didn't want any of the neighborhood kids getting hurt. It came out beautifully. Eric and Chris always relied on Jay to come up with the most amazing FX - and he always delivered.
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