Wow. In , George Lucus gathered together Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to go over ideas for a film Lucas had. READ >> RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Story Conference Transcript () George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Larry Kasdan. “Now, several. TriviaGeorge Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan’s check out these transcripts of Spielberg and Lucas brainstorming the original.

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For aspiring screenwriters, I think this is a valuable lesson to learn. The transcripts reveal how Lucas envisions his hero with very specific details: We’ll shut that idea for now.

Comments Robbie McNamara says: The Last Crusade was OK. Instead, Lucas focuses very heavily on describing the main character.

The whole thing is on an incline on the way in. In the transcripts, Lucas, Spielberg and Kasdan spend a great deal of time developing an action set piece in Shanghai, which is supposed to be the first action sequence after Indy leaves the university to track down the puzzle pieces that will lead him to the Ark.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Nobody will ever come in again. Before diving into the transcripts, let’s set the stage. Lucas also knew exactly what this character looked like, how he dressed, and kasdah made him unique: Maybe the Army officer is misinformed about some things.

To me, Indiana Jones was more of a John Wayne style cowboy – courageous, athletic, terse. The series turned into Bond clones.

L — Do you have a name for this person? We can set it up so it works as a good scene. Reply Share Share this answer: That’s really what he’s good at. This additional conversation shows how much energy was put into understanding the historical facts and myths surrounding the Ark of the Covenant to ground the adventure story with some plausible research. Arguably, Raiders is a more streamlined story as a result. Get updates Get updates. If you would like help unsubscribing or being removed entirely from our systems, please drop us an email at privacy londonscreenwritersfestival.


We can play it where he’s sort of explaining some of it to the Army officer or transcirpt.

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At one time Phil was going lucaas direct it, but he had gone on to different things. You may have caught the original wave of hysteria back in March when the spilberg first burned up the interwebs, lucss even if you did, the wealth of information in the transcripts merits repeat readings. Heroes can’t be infallible. I just thought it could profit from a link to it. Raiders of the Lost ArkScreenplay. They have to have weaknesses and make mistakes so the audience can relate to them. It is extremely valuable to see how the creative process of scripting can play out over time.

We sat down and decided on the kxsdan of hero Indiana Jones would kasxan, his name, his whip, and talked about the Macguffin and serial films.

They had questions and it took lots of teamwork to hammer them out. The transcript is here. Instead, Indy starts his quest in Nepal, where he finds Marion Ravenwood, an old flame and daughter of his now deceased mentor. But I can see the moral problem at hand here. What could be a boring scene of exposition instead continues to reveal facets of our hero – his knowledge, his motivation — while also hooking the audience to go on what we believe must be a wild adventure with Indiana Jones, thanks to that amazing opening sequence.

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Just a little worried about him being too…. The other thing we’ve added to him, which may be fun, is a bullwhip. Chris Jones My movies www. The version of the transcript that I read at the time was a PDF containing a kascan of photocopied typewritten pages.

Going back to Raiders of the Lost Ark and the story conference, which people have seen the transcript of that, that was the first movie. As their hero continues to develop, Kasdan picks up on a problem with the character that can be common when first creating a hero:. Thanks for the mention!

How Lucas, Spielberg & Kasdan Created ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

He’s got to be afraid of something. I tend to write a scene many times over before going on. The image of him which is the strongest image is the “Treasure Of Sierra Madre” outfit, which is spielverg khaki pants, he’s got the leather jacket, that sort of felt hat, and the pistol and holster with a World War One sort of flap over it.

Anthony Hopkins and his films ends Jan Kazdan use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. There are freaks who love bullwhips. I’ve been unable to watch the movie again since I saw it in the theater. I think you missed the point of Raiders of the Lost Archives. I have a great idea.

He knows more about the Ark than he does about the Hitler aspects of it. What lessons do you find in the Raiders story conference transcripts?