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2005

2 new films added to Indy's Influences list
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 - Gilles V

The Indy's Influences section has been updated with 2 new film reviews by Mike French.

The first review is of the recently released film National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage. It's a vague review on the details, but to give details is to spoil the fun of this film, says Mike.
The second is a review of MacKenna's Gold, a Western from 1969 starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif on a search for a lost Apache valley of gold. A film that must have inspired something in Indiana Jones.

Stay tuned if you're a fan of our Indy's Influences section as more is coming!

 

New feature article: Gunga Doom!
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - Gilles V

It has been a long time since TheRaider.net has presented a new feature article but that will change. You may expect many new interesting features and other fun stuff here this year! Mark my words.

And here's the first piece of evidence, an article entitled Gunga Doom.
This is a new analysis written by Michael French. Mike now takes a closer look at the film classic Gunga Din, the most influential film on Indiana Jones’ most influential sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Gunga Doom will completely change your view on Temple of Doom! "You don't believe me? You will, Dr Jones." as Mola Ram says.
This article is written in memory of Amrish Puri, the legendary actor who played Mola Ram. Amrish Puri passed away last week at the age of 72.

I hope you'll enjoy reading Gunga Doom. And stay tuned as more film reviews are coming this week!

 

Two new Indy's Influences film reviews online
Saturday, January 22, 2005 - Gilles V

The Indy's Influences section has been updated with two new film reviews written by Mike French.

The reviewed films are the two Quatermain films, released in the 80's starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone, named King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold.

Stay tuned as more Indy's Influences articles are coming!

 

New Indiana Jones Fanfilm online
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - Gilles V

A new Indiana Jones fanfilm has been added to TheRaider.net's ever growing Fan Films Theatre. I would like to welcome Tony Garmon with his film Indiana Jones and the Staff of Ra.

Tony's Indiana Jones and the Staff of Ra is set in 1926 when Abner Ravenwood and Indiana Jones go on an adventure to find the headpiece to the Staff of Ra. You can now view 3 trailers of this film at the official Staff of Ra site or here at the Fan Films Theatre.

You may expect to see the full fanfilm online this Spring!

 

First Fan Fiction Writing Contest starts today!
Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - Gilles V

Nearly twenty-five years ago, a legendary cinematic hero first appeared to audiences in movie theaters around the world. If adventure had a name, it was Indiana Jones. Now, the adventure continues... and you can write the next chapter!

TheRaider.net has declared 2005 the "Year of the Raider"! To celebrate we are hosting our first Fan Fiction Writing Contest. Beginning today until April 30th, would-be writers are encouraged to submit their original works.

The First Prize Winner will receive one complete set of Indiana Jones adult novels (15 books) - Signed!

Visit the Fan Fiction Writing Contest page for more information.

 

Apologies for the lack of updates...
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - Gilles V

I would like to apologize for the lack of news & updates these past few days. I can barely find the time to do anything TR.N at the moment, but that will be over soon!

And that news message about actress Scarlett Johansson set for Indy IV is nothing more than a rumor!

Stay tuned as TheRaider.net is working on a few projects that will make 2005 a very exciting year for everybody!

 

New Indy fanart online
Monday, March 28, 2005 - Gilles V

Our Fan Art Museum has been updated with 3 new pieces of Indiana Jones artwork.

The 2 new additions to the Classical Art gallery are drawings by Caroline E Pontonnier which you can view near the bottom of this page.

And the Digital Art gallery contains new art by illustrator Paul Lopez.

 

NEW section: Indiana Jones Attractions!!
Thursday, May 5, 2005 - Gilles V

It has been a while since TheRaider.net offered a whole new section but that's over! Here's the brand new Indiana Jones Attractions section!

This new Attractions section is written by Sakis Perivolaris (our "The Making of" articles writer) and is filled with information and photo's of worldwide Indiana Jones theme park attractions and museum exhibitions.

Enjoy our new Attractions pages and don't go too far as more new stuff is coming soon!

 

New Indiana Jones fan artwork
Monday, May 16, 2005 - Gilles V

Our Fan Art Museum has been updated with a new pencil sketch by Annie. Her sketch depicts the scene where Elsa and Indy enter the catacombs beneath Venice in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

It's a great sketch! Check it out near the bottom of this gallery page.

 

BIG Indy Fan Art Museum update!!
Thursday, May 19, 2005 - Gilles V

While paying a visit to my favorite comic book artist his website I stumbled on a priceless treasure of Indiana Jones drawing activity!

J. Scott Campbell, creator of the popular Gen 13, Danger Girl and upcoming Wildsiderz comic books, frequently organizes Drawing Jams on his official website at jscottcampbell.com. These Drawing Jams are a fun experiment by J. Scott Campbell to see what everyone's interpretation of the same reference material might look like. As subject for his third Drawing Jam, J. Scott chose Indiana Jones!

J. Scott Campbell'sThe participation in this Indiana Jones Drawing Jam impressed even J. Scott Campbell! At least 111 new Indy drawings were drawn in only 2 weeks. And the quality of these sketches is simply amazing!

With the support of the Drawing Jam participants I could gather all 111 Indy drawings in 1 gallery here on TheRaider.net. You can view all these drawings in a new JSC's Indy Drawing Jam gallery.

J. Scott Campbell himself also joined the jam with 3 great Indiana Jones sketches! These make you wish that Dark Horse starts producing a new series of Indiana Jones comics, drawn by J. Scott. These Indy comics would certainly be an instant success!!

Head over to JSC's Indy Drawing Jam gallery and enjoy the Indiana Jones drawings.

 

The winner of the Fan Fiction Writing Contest is...
Sunday, May 29, 2005 - Gilles V

To celebrate TheRaider.net's fifth birthday today, I can give away one complete set of Indiana Jones adult novels (15 books) - signed by their authors.
This complete set of Indy novels is the First Prize of our first Fan Fiction Writing Contest. And the winners of the writing contest are:

A big round of applause for these three talented writers!!

We have received a total amount of 20 fan fiction entries for this writing contest. All entries are online and can be read here.
And while there were 4 categories for this contest (poetry, short story, Novelization & Script) it is a big coincidence that all 3 the winners are writers of a short story!

A special thanks to Rob MacGregor, Max McCoy, Campbell Black, Mike French and Shipwreck for their support!

 

3 new Indy Fan Art additions
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 - Gilles V

The Fan Art Museum has been updated with 3 great new pieces of Indy fan art.

The first is a fantastic painting by Darren Smith entitled "Salute to Raiders". This painting was a wedding gift for a good friend of Darren who is an avid Indy enthusiast. What a cool gift!!
The second is a fan madeIndiana Jones IV poster created with Photoshop by Swinger.
And last but certainly not least, a very fun rough marker sketch by David Stevenson!

Thanks to Darren, Swinger & David for sharing their Indy fan art with all of us!

 

Fan Fiction Archive revised and expanded!
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - Gilles V

Our Fan Fiction Archive was getting too big to fit on 1 page so I have divided all 37 stories into 3 category pages: Short Stories, Novelizations & Scripts.

The updated Fan Fiction Archive now also contains all the entries of our recent Writing Contest plus 2 other brand new Indy fan scripts:

Stay tuned as our Fan Films Theater will get a very interesting update later this week!

 

5 new Indiana Jones fan films added to our Theater!
Monday, August 1, 2005 - Gilles V

Our Fan Films Theater has been expanded with five completely new Indy fan films and an update of three existing fan film pages. Here follows a list of all updates.

The new fan films:

Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece
An animated fan film based on the Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece comic book published by Dark Horse in 1994.
Fedora Man
A music video parody of Billy Joel's Fedora man written and directed by Ryan Schile.
Sophia
Steven Ramsey's second song inspired by his two favorite Indy girls, Sophia Hapgood and young princess Sophia.
Indiana Jones and the Spirit of the People
Indy vs. a group of Russians on a worldwide search for the Spirit of the People... an idol with the power of mind control.
Indiana Jones and the Runes of Ende
Indiana Jones searches a marsh filled island for the ancient Runes of Ende.

Updated fan film pages:

Indiana Jones and the Dagger of Hell
The first part of this great fan film by Fran Casanova is back online.
Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Templars
The page of Ken Gawne's much promising fan film has been updated with 50 new screenshots.
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Ra
This page of Tony Garmon's cool looking fan film has been updated with a viewable test scene and 25 new screenshots.

 

NEW section: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Monday, August 8, 2005 - Gilles V

TheRaider.net has got a brand new section to offer. An 18 page section dedicated to the ultimate fan film, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation!

This new Raiders: The Adaptation section was created with the support of filmmakers Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb themselves. From them I received great help in order to bring you the facts behind the creation and aftermath of their film.

Besides a complete cast & crew list, three photo galleries, a film trailer, articles and reactions, the new Raiders: The Adaptation section also offers the following interesting pages:

  • Interview with the Raiders' guys
    An exclusive interview with Chris, Eric and Jayson about their shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the unexpected success of their adaptation afterwards.
  • A Shot-by-Shot remake
    A page where you can compare screenshots from the original Raiders film with shots from The Adaptation. With fitting captions written by Chris, Eric and Jayson.
  • Making of trivia
    Three pages filled with fun and interesting anecdotes from during the production of Raiders: The Adaptation.

A BIG thanks to Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb for their support!

 

Fan Films Theater updated with new trailers
Thursday, September 1, 2005 - Gilles V

Matt Cikovic has let me know that their Indy fan film, Indiana Jones and the Slayer of Thousands, is finally finished and online. You can view Matt's short film at his Slayer of Thousands website.

Also new are the first teaser and trailer for Ramon Cabello's Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece animated fanfilm. Both the teaser and trailer can be viewed on his Golden Fleece website.

More information on the Slayer of Thousands, Golden Fleece and 23 other listed Indiana Jones fanfilms can be found at our Fan Films Theater.

 

New fan film: Looking for Harrison
Friday, September 2, 2005 - Gilles V

TheRaider.net is proud to present Looking For Harrison, a new fan film made by Joshua Grossberg. Joshua is an entertainment reporter for E! Online, an aspiring filmmaker and a big fan of Harrison Ford's films. Such a big Ford fan that he wrote, produced and directed Looking For Harrison, a 30-minute comedy parodying Ford's films, especially the Indiana Jones trilogy.

Looking For Harrison follows the mixed-up adventures of two of Harrison Ford's biggest fans on a hilarious, if surreal quest to meet their screen idol. After hearing that Harrison saved two hikers stranded in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park with his Bell 407 helicopter, Marv and Shorty set out to intentionally get lost in the woods hoping Ford comes to the rescue. Along the way, they encounter various characters from his movies such as the Knight from The Last Crusade, the Rabbi from The Frisco Kid, and plenty more.

What makes Looking For Harrison so special for the Indiana Jones fans is that it is narrated and features a cameo by John Rhys-Davies himself!

You can view the 3 minute trailer of Looking For Harrison now at our Fan Films Theater. And we will also give you an exclusive look at the first part of this fun film somewhere during the next few weeks. So stay tuned!

 

Exclusive interview with Deborah Nadoolman
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Gilles V

Since TheRaider.net first came online we had 1 page dedicated to Indiana Jones' iconic costume. The page didn't have much info except a few quotes and some links. And I later found out that the info on the old page was not even accurate!

Mike French, our own film reviews writer who also knows a lot about Indy's costume, took it upon himself to rewrite and expand the Indy's Gear section. And he got the support of none other than Deborah Nadoolman, the original designer of Indiana Jones' costume for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Besides her work as Costume Designer for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Deborah Nadoolman also worked on John Landis' Animal House,The Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Spielberg's 1941, and Coming to America, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Today Dr. Deborah Nadoolman is the president of The Costume Designer's Guild.

Besides the updated & expanded Indy's Gear section, we also have an exclusive interview with Deborah Nadoolman about her work on designing all costumes for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Certainly worth checking out!

Warmest thanks to Dr. Deborah Nadoolman, and her assistant Heather Vaughan, for this interview and their support during the update of ourIndy's Gear section.

 

Part 1 of Looking for Harrison film is online!
Thursday, September 22, 2005 - Gilles V

TheRaider.net offers you an exclusive look at the first part of Looking For Harrison, the fan film made by Joshua Grossberg!

Looking For Harrison follows the mixed-up adventures of two of Harrison Ford's biggest fans on a quest to meet their idol. After hearing that Harrison saved two hikers stranded in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, Marv and Shorty set out to intentionally get lost in the woods hoping Ford comes to the rescue. Along the way, they encounter various characters from Ford's movies such as the Knight from The Last Crusade, Richard Kimble from The Fugitive, and many more.

You can view the first part of Looking For Harrison now at our Fan Films Theater. This part is narrated by John Rhys-Davies.

 

Part 2 of Looking for Harrison film is online
Friday, October 7, 2005 - Gilles V

You can now view the second part of Looking For Harrison, the fan film made by Joshua Grossberg, online here at TheRaider.net.

Looking For Harrison follows the mixed-up adventures of two of Harrison Ford's biggest fans on a quest to meet their idol. After hearing that Harrison saved two hikers stranded in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, Marv and Shorty set out to intentionally get lost in the woods hoping Ford comes to the rescue. Along the way, they encounter various characters from Ford's movies such as the Knight from The Last Crusade, Richard Kimble from The Fugitive, and many more.

You can view the second part of Looking For Harrison, narrated by John Rhys-Davies, at our Fan Films Theater.

 

NEW: Classic Adventure Film reviews
Thursday, October 20, 2005 - Gilles V

We have a new sub-section added to our Indy's Influences! The new Classic Adventures pages, writen by Stephen Jared, give you an introduction to some classic Adventure films from early 20th century. The genre of films in which cliffhanger action scenes, just like in the Indiana Jones films, originated.

The first batch of Stephen's classic Adventure film reviews are:

- The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
- The Black Watch (1929)
- East of Borneo (1931)
- Storm Over Bengal (1938)
- The Sea Hawk (1940)
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The Tiger of Eschnapur & The Indian Tomb (1959)

Stephen Jared has already begun writing more film reviews for the Classic Adventures pages so stay around!

 

A Golden Fleece fan film update & new fan art
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - Gilles V

Ramon Cabello, creator of the animated fan film Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece, has let me know that his film is near completion and that we may expect to see it online somewhere next month!
This announcement doesn't come alone. Ramon has prepared a second trailer of his Golden Fleece adaptation and he has also send me 16 great new screenshots, which you can view here.

And we also have some new fan art for you as well. 2 beautiful new 3D images made by Mark Jernstrom can be viewed near the bottom of our Digital Art gallery.
And our Classical Art gallery has also been updated with 3 great new Indy sketches drawn by Max Epanchintsev. Click here to view Max his sketches.

 

 

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