Temple Of Doom was released in the UK on 15th June 1984, with The Last Crusade following five years later, released on June 30th 1989. Happy anniversary (35 and 30 respectively) to them both.
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)
visual effects supervised by Dennis Muren
Return Of The Jedi (which was released in 1983).
Although a vintage Trimotor was filmed for the escape from Macao, shots were supplemented with a highly detailed miniature constructed by Mike Fulmer and Ira Keeler. For the shot of it flying over the Great Wall Of China, a forced perspective model of the landmark was constructed by Dream Quest Images. When the plane crashes, a miniature mountaintop (twenty feet square) was built on the roof of the ILM building, the snow a combination of baking soda and micro balloons (tiny glass beads), with the aircraft suspended on a wire.
|How it looked in the film|
|left - Paul Huston with the "lava" tank; Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett and Ira Keeler with the victim puppet|
|The converted Nikon camera|
|Tom St Amand stop-motion animates the Indy, Willie and Short Round puppets|
|Paul Huston works on the miniature mine set|
|The outdoor miniature cliff set (with the painted side piece - see below)|
The matte department - supervised by Michael Pangrazio, with Christopher Evans, Frank Ordaz and Caroleen Green - produced twenty paintings for the film, most of which were used to represent the Maharaja’s Pankot Palace (the production wasn’t allowed to film in India). For the sunset shot (see below), a cut-out silhouette was photographed on a hill with the sun setting behind it. This was then combined with a matte painting to produce a hazy, backlit effect.
|Michael Pangrazio's backlit palace|
|Indiana, Willie & Short Round at the entrance to the Pankot Palace|
|Clever combination of a Frank Ordaz matte painting and a foreground miniature for the "Jaws" shot|
Modelmaker Lorne Peterson talks about the miniature work in this deleted scene from the Sense Of Scale documentary
Behind The Scenes
|Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan on location in Sri Lanka|
|Steven Spielberg talks through a scene with Ke Huy Quan in Sri Lanka|
|Spielberg and George Lucas on the rope bridge built by Balfour Beatty Nuttal in Sri Lanka. Lucas was apparently unfazed by the bridge, but Spielberg never made it all the way across.|
|Filming the mine cart sequence on the full-size version built at Elstree Studios|
|Spielberg, operating the camera, filming on the cliff-face set at Elstree Studios|
visual effects supervised by Michael J. McAlister
After the Jones’ escape from the Zeppelin (which was achieved as both a matte painting and a miniature eight-foot long model) and subsequent dogfight, they steal a car and are chased into a tunnel by a German fighter plane. Since it would be impractical and dangerous to film this full-size, ILM took it on as a miniature. Using quarter-scale models of the car and plane, a 210 foot long tunnel was built in the ILM car park (it took up 14 spaces), broken into eight-foot hinged sections that could be opened to film through.
|The tunnel sequence was shot in miniature in the ILM car park, built in sections to allow easy access|
|Top - still from film|
bottom - taken at the 'wrong' angle, this shows the join between the miniature canyon - built by Paul Huston - and the painted backdrop by Mark Sullivan
|Paul Huston paints the "leap of faith" miniature - superb artistry.|
Mark Sullivan supervised the matte department whilst Yusei Uesugi was the matte artist.
To film the sequence of the tank going over the cliff, the full-size prop was filmed on a flat spot on location in Spain and kept going, without having to brake for the drop. The edge and cliff face was created as a matte painting, whilst the tank crashing to the bottom was achieved as a miniature, shot in a quarry near to the ILM building.
|The Zeppelin - film still - the man on the tractor and the people are live action, everything else is a matte painting|
Supervised by Stephen Dupuis
|Stephen Dupuis works on the different heads|
Behind The Scenes
|At ILM, George Lucas shows off some of the filming models to Harrison Ford|
|Filming on location in Jordan, George Lucas holds onto Sean Connery's horse|
|George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are joined on set by Warwick Davis|
|Filming the tank battle in Spain|
|Steven Spielberg adjusts the Donovan puppet on the ILM stage|