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The Making of Indiana Jones


Thousands of newspaper articles, magazine interviews and television features have detailed the development and production of the Indiana Jones movies. These are the official Lucasfilm approved books any curious fan should read first, starting with the Complete Making of book by J. W. Rinzler.

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Illustrated Screenplay

Author: Lawrence Kasdan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: July 1981
Premiere 1995 script

The ultimate companion volume to the greatest adventure movie of the decade! The edited screenplay that combines Lawrence Kasdan's final script with elements of action and dialogue from the movie. Selected storyboards: extraordinary drawings that guided the filmmakers step by step, scene by scene through the actual production of the film. Introduction by Steven Spielberg.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Collector's Album
Editor: Ann Holler
Publisher: George Fenmore Associates
Published: 1981

64 pages of short biographies of the cast & crew, synopsis and a healthy dose of concept to screen material, all well illustrated with stills from the film and pre-production material. This was released in 1981 to coincide with the films release and were even sold in movie theaters, so this can also be considered a theater program as well.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Official Film Poster Magazine

Editor: Bari Bacco
Publisher: Phoenix Publications Ltd
Published: 1981

Eight pages and the film poster. Before opening, consider this. These folds contain the story of a mysterious and unimaginable power capable of levelling mountains and laying waste to whole regions, a power hidden for centuries but soon to be reawakened. Contains the story, the production, and bios of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

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The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Author: Derek Taylor
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: August 12, 1981

Following the crew to Tunisia, the late Derek Taylor had plenty to say on the technical aspects of filming on location. He brings an outsider view of the trials of filming in the harsh environs of the Sahara Desert and speaks to many of the crew and cast. Very nice black and white pictures that you just won't find anywhere else. Tozeur and Sidi Bouhlel (Star Wars Canyon) are brought vividly to life. In the same style and spirit of Alan Arnold's definitive The Making of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Illustrated Screenplay
Authors: Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: October 12, 1984
Premiere 1995 script

Features the complete movie transcript illustrated with 122 pages of numerous storyboards, concept art, costume designs, matte paintings and color photographs. As with the Temple of Doom soundrack, this includes an introduction by Steven Spielberg.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Official Collectors Edition
Publisher: Paradise Press
Published: 1984

A full-color, illustrated 64-page behind-the-scenes look at the making of the second Indiana Jones movie. There's a wealth of information on specific subjects (locations, costume design, storyboards, special effects, elephants, etc.). Wanna know why Short Round wore a baseball cap? How about finding out what was used for the chilled monkeys brains? Perhaps you'd like to know how they made the stones burn through the bag.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Official Poster Magazine
Published: 1984

Eight pages and the film poster. A movie bursting with thrills, spills and laughs galore, this is an entertainment blitz in that unique Steven Spielberg style, romping through another high speed adventure story from George Lucas. For a film this fantastically complex, a tremendous amount of work was done to get the production in the right places at the right time.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Original Movie Script
Author: Jeffrey Boam
Publisher: O.S.P. Publishing, Inc.
Published: 1995

Premiere was an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., published between the years 1987 and 2007. The original version of the magazine, was started in France in 1976 and is still being published there. In the 1990's primarily they produced a set of movie transcripts.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Collectors' Edition
Publisher: Dennis Oneshots Ltd
Published: 1989

The story behind the latest and greatest Indiana Jones Movie. 52 pages of photos and articles. Packed with exclusive action shots by Murray Close. When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps from Venice to Germany and stop the Nazis.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Official Poster Magazine

Editor: Karen Robinson
Publisher: Dennis Oneshots Ltd
Published: 1989

Eight pages and the film poster. The story behind the smash movie! Stuffed with action packed shots, filled with fact-packed profiles of Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliot and Alison Doody. Storyboard: young Indy, in search of the grail, and so to Venice, on to Berlin, and the carpenter's cup.

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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles:
On the Set and Behind the Scenes

Author: Dan Madsen
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: March 1, 1992

This book covers the first season production of the TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Several of Madsen's interviews conducted for the book were reprinted on for the three 2007-2008 release of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD sets.

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From Star Wars to Indiana Jones -
The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives

Author:Mark Cotta Vaz and Shinji Hata
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published: 1995
Cover: George Hull, Kevin Ng
Original cover

Located on the pastoral grounds of George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, the Lucasfilm Archives are where the artifacts used to make movie magic are safely stored. This private facility houses such iconic items as Jedi Master Yoda, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, alien creatures and spacecraft from the far reaches of the Star Wars universe, as well as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail that spurred Indiana Jones on his globe-trotting quests.

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The Cinema of George Lucas
Author: Marcus Hearn
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Published: March 1, 2005

A gifted storyteller in the epic tradition, a masterful director and editor, and a visionary leader in the field of visual effects and production techniques, George Lucas has made an enormous contribution to the art and culture of our time. The Cinema of George Lucas presents new insights into the work of this innovative and influential filmmaker, whose groundbreaking technical achievements and creation of enduring modern mythologies have forever changed both film and science fiction.

Intro Screen The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
Author: J. W. Rinzler
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: May 20, 2008

As part of the research for the new book, Bouzereau conducted interviews with all of the main cast members and much of the crew, while Rinzler located many archival materials. In the US, the book was only made available as a softbound edition, however, a hardback version was available in the UK.

Intro Screen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Collector's Guide
Publisher: Modern Publishing
Published: May 7, 2008

Passport to adventure! Collector's Guide with Full-Size Poster inside. This book includes scenes from the new movie - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Includes 2 postcards on back cover. Contains colorful movie pictures of the stars and locations of the blockbuster film. 48 pages.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal
Author: David James
Publisher: Insight Editions
Published: October 8, 2008

From the camera of David James, Spielberg's trusted unit photographer since Schindler's List. Discover details about exotic, elaborate environments such as the Nazca cemetery and Doom Town sets, and share private moments with all the cast and crew.


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