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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the why'd-it-have-to-be-snakes dept.

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jonerik writes "Ain't It Cool News has an article on one of the more fascinating fan film projects ever conceived: A shot-for-shot remake of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" filmed in Biloxi, Mississippi between 1982 and 1988 by Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis. What's particularly amazing is that the trio began filming the project when they were twelve and finished six years later when they were eighteen. Now, fifteen years after the project was completed, word of the film's existence has gotten out and audiences who have seen it have reportedly been stunned by the trio's ingenuity, with none other than "RotLA" director Steven Spielberg giving Zala, Lamb, and Strompolis a big thumbs-up. The complete film isn't available online, but a trailer that gives a bit of the feel of the finished project can be viewed. The Austin Chronicle also has a story on the project."

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Awesome news! (-1, Redundant)

MisterFancypants (615129) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111096)

This is awesome news, I love this movie!

Re:Awesome news! (3, Funny)

sridev (663490) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111230)

A really cool thing to do... I didn't realize Mississippi was so boring!

Re:Awesome news! (4, Funny)

Davak (526912) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111318)

We use to be boring...

now [boomtownbiloxi.com] we [isleofcapricasino.com] have [boomtowncasinos.com] all [parkplace.com] kinda [beaurivage.com] stuff [presidentbroadwater.com] to [casinomagic.com] do. [ipbiloxi.com]

And that's just a sampling of biloxi...

Here's a sample of Tunica's boats! [tunicamiss.org] Of course, here is a whole web site [mississippicasinos.com] dedicated to Mississippi's new found wealth.

If you enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, Elvis, the blues, college sports, famous authors--then you might rather visit this site. [visitmississippi.org]

Anyway, trying to get Mississippi a few props... and I have a few Karma points to burn.

Davak

Re:Awesome news! (2, Funny)

sridev (663490) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111344)

Nothing personal against Mississippi (damn.. it takes forever to type M i s s i s s i p p i !).

You should be proud that it inspired these guys to do something cool... :)

Re:Awesome news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111373)

I appreciate the comments as well.

There are a lot of people FROM Miss'ppi. Most of us just move away. :)

AC

take me out to the ball game (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111101)

ladeedaa

First Iraqi Post (-1, Offtopic)

eighthevachild (659711) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111102)

For great justice! What you say!

Re:First Iraqi Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111122)

For great justice! What you say! Huh? What's my head doing up my ass?

YOU FAIL IT, just like Saddam

Re:First Iraqi Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111200)

Sorry everyone, didn't find any WMD's. I guess we need to put the kids back in prison and start up the plastic shredders again.

How about a DVD? (5, Funny)

alain (114463) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111104)

Maybe the DVD to the adaptation will be out before the original version's. I certainly have stopped holding my breath for RoT and the original Star Wars series on DVD.

Re:How about a DVD? (4, Interesting)

aussersterne (212916) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111138)

Thumb your nose at the MPAA and get what you want at the same time... I bought both series on DVD on eBay years ago. They're Hong kong "bootlegs" but are basically re-encoded versions from other recordings (i.e. widescreen laserdisc) mastered to region 0 DVD. The Star Wars DVDs in particular are very, very nice indeed and most everyone who sees them asks how I managed to get an advance copy of the "real" Star Wars DVDs.

Of course, if the "real" versions ever come out, I'll get them as well, but in the meantime, everyone's always turning up asking to watch my copies.

Also picked up Barton Fink and a couple of other unreleased-on-DVD films this way...

Re:How about a DVD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111313)

And I picked up Barton Fink (and Miller's Crossing) last week, for $15 a piece. They've finally been released.

Re:How about a DVD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111349)

Yeah, but have you actually turned on subtitles? I'm partially deaf, but the English subtitles are quite hilarious. Many belong on Engrish.com

Re:How about a DVD? (3, Funny)

dimator (71399) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111378)

Thumb your nose at the MPAA and get what you want at the same time
...

Of course, if the "real" versions ever come out, I'll get them as well

A real rebel, you are!

Re:How about a DVD? (1)

jrl87 (669651) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111210)

Indiana is coming out on DVD in November, read about it here [slashdot.org] , but I don't know about Star Wars, maybe they're planning on remaking it again for a DVD release.

Re:How about a DVD? (4, Informative)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111274)

I certainly have stopped holding my breath for [Raiders of the Lost Ark] ... on DVD.

Ummm... release date November 4, 2003 [theraider.net] . You can't wait another five months?

Re:How about a DVD? (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111305)

I don't know about you, but I can't hold my breath 5 months

Re:How about a DVD? (1)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111308)

With the proposition of not breathing for another five months, I too would stop holding my breath.

Re:How about a DVD? (0, Offtopic)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111336)

With the proposition of not breathing for another five months, I too would stop holding my breath.

I don't know what to make of the fact that two /.ers manage the same sentiment (you and this fellow [slashdot.org] ) within the same minute and three message IDs.

I'd think it humorous if it weren't the usual knee-jerk, literal-minded "ha-ha, me make funny" response. *sigh*

I hope someone posts it on Kazaa (-1, Flamebait)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111107)

I would hate to see those kids make any money off of this.

Copyright is a scourge on our democracy. It says in essence that thinking unoriginal thoughts is a crime. Take a look around, who among you would be willing to stand for a law that would put all of you in the hands of so-called "creators"?

Re:I hope someone posts it on Kazaa (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111276)

I would hate to see those kids make any money off of this.

They can't, since it's a scene for scene remake it falls under the heading of 'derived work' and requires permission of the copyright holder (LucasFilm, I presume) to distribute.

Re:I hope someone posts it on Kazaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111339)

Sure they can. They just need permission. And Speilberg could concievably give it, since he liked their version.

Um, yay? (0, Flamebait)

holysin (549880) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111108)

Nifty, something that's not available online advertised on slashdot. Now where's the real geek news?

masturbation ideas? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111110)

If you're reading this, chances are you spank your monkey. A Lot. Probably 3 or 4 times a day. Maybe more.

What do you do to keep it interesting? Any cool tips or tricks to help keep things interesting?

Re:masturbation ideas? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111133)

i use this [easypic.com] to keep myself wanking strong, all day long. geek power!

Re:masturbation ideas? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111177)

I'm always on the hunt for a new kick myself. A few years ago I got into trannie porn (still kind of like it). I'd love to find a hot trannie and bang her asshole after sucking her tits and cock. The other kick I got into was suffocation fantasies. That only lasted a month then. Currently, I'm into giant insertions. Huge dongs, wine bottles, fire hydrants, etc... It really is amazing what will fit into a woman's pussy. Even more amazing is that they can get immense pleasure out of it. I put a 13" circumference dildo in my wife nearly every night and she becomes a raging, unstoppable sex fiend. I've gotten her to cum for nearly two hours straight with that thing. It really is a site to behold. Especially when I consider how much of a prude she was when we first met. She wouldn't even let me do her anally, but now, she want's it fairly often. The other amazing thing about women's pussies is that after taking something huge, they snap right back into shape. I was a little worried that she might get a little "loose" if you know what I mean. But her pussy is as tight as the day I met her. it takes about five minutes for it to snap back into shape though. I love feeling it shrink around me after I go in, so that's a new kick too. But I would highly advise that you look at a few sites with women taking huge objects in their pussies.

Re:masturbation ideas? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111322)

what is trannie porn?

Ah yes.... (0, Offtopic)

sethadam1 (530629) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111116)

This is when it pays to be a subscriber. Download at 100+ kbps before the /.'ing begins.

Re:Ah yes.... (5, Funny)

ender_wiggins (81600) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111161)

I got it at 100kbps too. And I dont subscribe. Ah it pays to keep your money in your pocket.

Re:Ah yes.... (1)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111172)

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Re:Ah yes.... (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111288)

This is when it pays to be a subscriber. Download at 100+ kbps before the /.'ing begins.

I don't subscribe, and I got it at 65KBps, which is 520Kbps!

Re:Ah yes.... (1)

pherthyl (445706) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111307)

funny that. I'm not a subscriber and downloaded it at 411 kb/s.

I'm sick (5, Funny)

Swayne Shabazz (678612) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111117)

This sounds funny....sort of. Watching three guys progress through puberty isn't exactly what I would call "entertainment".

I was gonna throw in a "now three young girls progressing through....." punch line....but....nahhhh, even I'm not that perverted.

Re:I'm sick (5, Funny)

GimmeFuel (589906) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111254)

but....nahhhh, even I'm not that perverted.

...but I am!

"Now three young girls progressing through puberty, that's a different story! I'd sure like to raid their arks!"

Re:I'm sick (1)

Mr. Fusion (235351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111287)

I was gonna throw in a "now three young girls progressing through....." punch line....but....nahhhh, even I'm not that perverted.

Of course you are, you're on Slashdot.

-Mr. Fusion

talk about dedicated fans (5, Interesting)

curtlewis (662976) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111120)

that's alot of work just to duplicate your favorite film and it's not like they'll make anything from the effort other than the satisfaction of having done it.

But then, back in my teens in the mainframe and paper tape days, I wrote my own version of the ever popular Star Trek game. I didn't need to, I could play the original all I wanted. Even the source code was available. But I thought I could do the same job in a more easily understood manner. So I coded up a virtually identical version. It was much less code and alot easier to read, although the original was a little faster.

So I guess remaking something you like just because you can must be some kind of teen geek ritual.

Re:talk about dedicated fans (1)

LoztInSpace (593234) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111289)

So I guess remaking something you like just because you can must be some kind of teen geek ritual.
Not just teens. I work with a guy who rewrites stuff all the time and it's really fucking annoying. Halfway through a project you find out he's achieved nothing because he's taken it upon himself to rewrite something that worked fine but he didn't understand. Once done, it breaks everything and he then goes on to protest how much better it is than what was there before. Now we're late and broken.
Sorry - that's totally o/t but I suppose my point is some people never grow out of it. I wasn't having a go at your star trek game at all. Just those that do it at work.

Star Trek in 15 lines of code (APL code that was) (1)

jerryasher (151512) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111350)

Yes, back in 1978, I too wrote my own version of Star Trek for an IBM 370 using APL.

APL [gte.net] . (Perl for arrays.)

Star Trek in 15 lines (and a lot of 0,0rho reshaping!)

Copyright Violation! (1, Troll)

Michael's a Jerk! (668185) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111124)

Great - I give those kids a week before they get sued.

Nice one Slashdot!

(For humor impaired moderations - move along, nothing to read here)

Re:Copyright Violation! (3, Interesting)

dirvish (574948) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111173)

true enough. Spieldberg gave them the thumbs up, but who owns the rights to the movie they copied?

Re:Copyright Violation! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111257)

Actually, this should be considered a parody and fully protected under copyright law. And they could even sell it and make money.

legality (4, Interesting)

ianmalcm (591345) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111126)

Wheres the MPAA? Now that this fan film is known, gaining mass popularity, and may become mildly successful, will there be legal ramifications for copyright infringement?

Shot for Shot remake, certainly the Writers guild will have something to say.

A brilliant piece of work though. Puts Hardware Wars to shame.

Re:legality (2, Informative)

D'Arque Bishop (84624) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111205)

Wheres the MPAA? Now that this fan film is known, gaining mass popularity, and may become mildly successful, will there be legal ramifications for copyright infringement?

If you read the story, you'd know that not only does Steven Spielberg know about it (the guy who ran the projector at the AICN film festival it was shown at gave him a copy), he was astonished by how good it is.

I think they're safe for now.

Re:legality (2, Interesting)

MisterMook (634297) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111290)

Since when did the creators of a work have ultimate say so on the legality of a work once a corporate lawyer got involved? I'd say that Spielberg might give them all ice cream, but if the lawyers sniff trademark infringement they'll act faster that you can say crack o'the whip to send someone to seize all the copies. It isn't right and it isn't the way it should be, but it stands a pretty good chance of being the way things lay down.

Re:legality (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111372)

My guess is that the courts will not hand down mare than a light sentence if Spielberg gives it his approval...

Re:legality (3, Insightful)

Achoi77 (669484) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111352)

Huh? Have the MPAA go after a buncha ppl that made a shot-by-shot remake of an 80's movie taped on a video camera, when they were 12 years old? That's just plain mean, and besides, nobodys made any money out of it.

I don't think this film was even meant to be distributed around. It was one of those flukes that floated around the web, sorta like the Star Wars kid. [teamabuse.com] I am VERY instereted in seeing how they pulled it off. Anyone got a copy?

NAKED PROSTUS!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111128)

I got teh first naked post! I got the first naked post!!!! I am SOOOOOOO naked!!!!!

Re:NAKED PROSTUS!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111184)

how do we know you're naked?

Re:NAKED PROSTUS!!!!!! (1, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111319)

how do we know you're naked?

Keeping in mind the majority of /. readers, I really really hope that they don't post proof.

We Got It All On UHF! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111134)

Check out the beginning of the movie UHF and you can dance like a pig in a pen full of dirty fecal mud smears.

"Put down your remote control Throw out your TV Guide Put away your jacket There's no need to go outside Don't you know that we control the horizontal We control the verticle, too
We gonna make a couch potato out of you That's what we gonna do now Don't change the channel Don't touch that dial We got it all on UHF
Kick off your sneakers Stick around for a while
We got it all on UHF Don't worry 'bout your laundry Forget about your job Just crank up the volume And yank off the knob We got it all, we got it all, we got it all on UHF

Disconnect the phone and leave the dishes in the sink You better put away your homework Prime time ain't no time to think All you do is make yourself a TV dinner Press your face right up against the screen We gonna show you thangs you ain't ever seen If you know what I mean, now

Don't change the channel Don't touch that dial
We got it all on UHF Kick off your sneakers
Stick around for a while We got it all on UHF
Don't worry 'bout your laundry Forget about your job Just crank up the volume And yank off the knob
We got it all, we got it all, we got it all on UHF

You can watch us all day You can watch us all night You can watch us any time that you please
You can sit around and stare at the picture tube
'Till your brain turns into cottage cheese Well, now Don't change the channel Don't touch that dial
We got it all on UHF Kick off your sneakers
Stick around for a while We got it all on UHF
Don't worry 'bout your laundry Forget about your job Just crank up the volume And yank off the knob
We got it all, we got it all, we got it all on UHF
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Woah (5, Funny)

zptdooda (28851) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111135)

Man they'd have to have big balls to attempt that scene!

Holy shit! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111141)

They did this with Betamax and VHS? That must've meant linear editors - I don't envy them that task...

6 years. (5, Funny)

_RidG_ (603552) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111143)

6 years of doing this. Now that's dedication. My interest in re-enacting scenes from Indiana Jones waned after a heated August afternoon with a bunch of friends, following which the guy who played an evil German had to be rushed to the hospital.

Ahh...good times.

lets see.... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111144)

Hmmmm, kids making films....

Yep, sounds like a frontpage slashdot story to me.

Thanks /.!

Ingenious? (4, Interesting)

Sancho (17056) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111155)

Am I the only one who thinks that a shot-by-shot remake of a movie is far from ingenious? Hell, when Gus Van Sant did it with Psycho, he was criticized for making it too identical. It's cool that they did it, and were able to manage it on what we must assume is a fairly small budget, but I think the hype over this thing is getting way out of hand.

Re:Ingenious? (1)

imaginate (305769) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111203)

I agree, and to call it an "adaptation" seems a little over the top from what I saw. It IS very impressive, but what did they adapt it to? Video?

Re:Ingenious? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111211)

I think more than anything else, people are cheering it on because of the ingenuity displayed by these kids in filming this movie. Low budget movies like that are far more impressive than stale Hollywood remakes precisely because they are low budget - people have to improvise. Surely you would not see the remake for the plot or anything new - it's a remake, you've seen it before. It's just something that makes me step back and marvel at what can be accomplished if you are dedicated enough.

Re:Ingenious? (1)

Sancho (17056) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111250)

But remakes can be more impressive than the original. The new intpretation can be quite interesting and ... frankly ... ingenious. But when you re-shoot something scene by scene with nearly identical actions, dialogue, etc. it's just not interesting.

Anyway, I'd be far more interested in seeing a documentary on how these kids remade the film than actually watching it.

Re:Ingenious? (5, Interesting)

Greg@UF (97388) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111234)

When you read the article, Speilberg praises the boys' "vast amounts of imagination and originality".

That's good enough for me.

Besides, these kids were *kids* - not Gus Wossname with millions of bucks and a full production crew.
Kudos to the kids !

others were supressed, nice to see this one live (4, Interesting)

dirvish (574948) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111156)

This is a prime example of a copy of a previous work as a beautiful thing. Immitation really is the greatest form of flattery. It is terrible that works like this are normally supressed by copyright laws that don't serve the populance. The point of laws is to serve the populance. Clearly supression of creative expression serves no one. It is encouraging to see that Spielberg gave them a thumbs up on this project, but I don't doubt he would sue the pants off of them it he thought their project would harm his extensive bank roll. And who can really blame him if he did, he would just be taking advantage of the ludicrous law of the land. Who knows how many other cool projects like this have/will never seen/see the light of day as a result of corporate america's tight grip on the world.

Re:others were supressed, nice to see this one liv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111192)

What the hell is a populance?

Re:others were supressed, nice to see this one liv (1)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111218)

It is the word used to group together the entire population into one entity. I'm sure we can come to an agreeance on that.

Re:others were supressed, nice to see this one liv (1)

dirvish (574948) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111220)

Holy crap! You're right, that isn't a word. I guess I meant populace [webster.com] . Thanks.

Laws are for those who pay for them... (1)

jmagar.com (67146) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111265)

I don't know where you came up with the idea that laws are for the populace. It is plain to see that laws are there to protect those organizations who sponsor them. The government must protect the church of the un-holy dollar; where righteousness is measured by profit. If there's is NO PROFIT in letting you copy a work, and there's IS PROFIT in restricting your "right" to copy, which do you think is "Righteous" in the law?

Re:others were supressed, nice to see this one liv (5, Insightful)

silentbozo (542534) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111355)

I'd think it wouldn't be Spielberg who'd make trouble - after all, he got his start as a punk kid making films at a very young age. If anything, he probably be supportive. It's the numerous monied interests who own various bits and pieces of "intellectual property" who would sue the pants off of anyone they thought might "reduce the value of the asset", despite the fact that many fan-derivived works serve to sustain interest in the original property, thus ENHANCING the value of the asset...

Re:others were supressed, nice to see this one liv (1, Funny)

gsfprez (27403) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111369)

this is amazing - everyone here needs to understand.. THESE BOYS ARE LIABLE FOR IP THEFT.

Now, its fine, dandy, and wonderful that Spielberg is not being an asshole.

What is wrong is that the ONLY reason that these guys are not behind bars already is that Spielberg appears to not be an asshole.

"Asshole-ness" should not be the reason one is or is not legitimately liable for IP "theft"... even if they are never charged for it.... they should live in fear, because maybe, someday, Spielberg may change his tune, or one of his lawyers may make him change his tune (a la trademark infringement rules)

and that is why i contribute to the EFF [eff.org] and gave to Eldred. Damnit, people. This nation is coming unglued, and you're glad that one dude is not a dick.

Too many acronyms... (5, Funny)

csguy314 (559705) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111159)

Am I the only one who saw 'RotLA' and thought:
"Rolling on the laugh ass", what the hell?

Re:Too many acronyms... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111181)

resting on the liquid asphalt

Re:Too many acronyms... (4, Funny)

BrynM (217883) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111323)

Better to roll on the laugh ass than have the laugh ass roll on you.

Re:Too many acronyms... (1)

paranoos (612285) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111332)

My head was stuck in Middle Earth... Return of the Los Angeles Kings?

Re:Too many acronyms... (2, Funny)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111360)

RotLA so close to LotR, I thought it was Ring of the Lord A. Damn, too much pr0n

aye aye... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111174)

this is all to the good, but I'm going to wait ten years for the "director's cut" with gratuitous CGI, unnecessary scenes, etc..

It would be in keeping with the Spielberg spirit, after all..

They ruined it! (0, Offtopic)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111188)

Scimitar-wielding man shot first!

Re:They ruined it! (4, Funny)

raduga (216742) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111286)

Actually, they replaced the scimitar with a walkie-talkie.

I have mod points! (2, Funny)

calethix (537786) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111183)

... if any karma whore out there has a bittorrent of it or something ;)

Re:I have mod points! (3, Funny)

TrekkieGod (627867) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111271)

Yeah...and I would do it, if you hadn't posted the request, making your ineligible for giving me that mod point.

Now there's just no more incentive :)

Re:I have mod points! (0, Offtopic)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111306)

I have mod points!
if any karma whore out there has a bittorrent of it or something

...then you won't be able to moderate their post, since you've already posted here.

Cool (1, Funny)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111185)

But I do hope the quality is slightly better than the one with the Star Wars kid...

Young Whippersnappers (5, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111187)

Back in my day, we didn't have all that new-fangled technology to put ourselves in our favorite movies. We did it all in our minds! Uphill! In the snow! Through barbed wired and acid pits! And we liked it!

In other news... (0, Flamebait)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111195)

... I'm in preproduction for a remake of Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Arse.

Casting call for leading ladies will be held in my apartment.

Okay, I managed to snag a copy. (4, Informative)

pi_rules (123171) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111198)

It's not much, and the encoding seems rather horrible if you ask me, but I managed to snag a copy before the Slashdot effect took over. Their front page seems to be loading rather slowly now.

So, if you want to watch an AMD K6/2 400mhz go up in flames on a 768kbps DSL line. Here you go:

Raider's of the Lost Ark Remake Trailer [bunchofdrunks.com]

My ISP is so going to kill me...

Re:Okay, I managed to snag a copy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111252)

Justin! What the hell is this? [bunchofdrunks.com]

Are you the StarWar's Kid?

hahahhaa.... I don't know why I find your mp3 funny, but I'm chuckling.

Enjoy the slashdotting.

AC

Watching the bandwidth die in real time... (1)

Markos (71140) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111258)

is quite amusing.

Re:Okay, I managed to snag a copy. (2, Funny)

Polyphemis (450226) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111376)

Sometimes I wonder if moderators mod up posts like this simply because they find it amusing seeing other peoples' servers burst into flames and die. :)

Fantastic Job (4, Interesting)

Soulslayer (21435) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111215)

I saw this last Saturday. One of the most entertaining movie going experiences I ever had.

These guys did every sequence in the movie save one. After some frightening messing around with explosives they opted not to attempt the flying wing sequence despite having access to an aircraft and the part of the bald mechanic already cast.

Every other scene is there though and done with impressive skill given their ages and the era in which they made it.

Download Link? (1, Redundant)

doorbot.com (184378) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111222)

What, no BitTorrent link?

I guess if you want it you'll have to check Kazaa for yourself!

Ha! I did something similar! (2, Funny)

Tin Weasil (246885) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111225)

Only it wasn't quite "shot for shot". ...and it was called "Raiders of the Burning Bush." ...and it starred "Idaho Smith" not "Indiana Jones." ...and "our hero" ended up with 1st degree burns after digging up the bush (he was subsequently beaten by Nazi Ninjas.

Way off topic: Nazi Ninjas (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111270)

I wish I could find the link to this information but Google isn't helping much right now.

During WWII the Germans and Japanese exchanged quite a bit of technology and know-how as allies. One such 'technology' was a secret program to train German assassins using Japanese Ninjitsu techniques. Japan sent 14 ninja spies to Germany to begin the program. However the train the ninjas were riding never arrived in Hamburg. All 82 people aboard including the conductor were never accounted for. The only thing that was found during the investigation was a farmhouse and in the farmhouse the entire family had been killed. Their necks had been broken.

If I find the old source I will post it. If Google turns something up I will post that.

This... (1)

Scalli0n (631648) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111241)

This is known as an obsesession.

This I would enjoy seeing (4, Interesting)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111245)

When we go and pay our $7.00 for slightly less then 2hrs of entertainment, less we forget the fact that the fact that amature fan spinoffs done by essentually students can provide entertainment. While they can't nessicarly match the production quality of hollywood's almost endless budget, there is alot more to a media then it's production value, content is a factor too.

Starship Exeter [www.starshipexeter.com] is one example of fan based work. Based on classic star trek, their one release actually has a somewhat decent story as well as capturing that late 60's sci-fi theme while by todays standards is considered most cheezy. If you can get over the wind in the boom low quality film and shacky camera man, it's a worth see.

Now, i'm not nessicarly going to say that this is going to be any good... but it should prove to be entertaining at the very least. More so then alot of things targeted tward the typcial 12 year old. I intend to watch it, if for nothing else but to use as an example, "Look at what these 12 year olds did... hollywood you have no excuse".

So... (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111247)

How long before we get a telesync on alt.binaries.vcd?

Torrent? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111264)

Where is the bittorrent link?

Music (5, Informative)

cow_licker (172474) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111281)

If anyone cares the song that plays during the trailer is Four Ton Mantis by Amon Tobin. An excellent song.

Re:Music (2, Informative)

greentoad (212070) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111374)

aha.. that's who it was... it was ringing many bells and I was about to go searching through my collection.

It's from the album Supermodified (Amon Tobin) - an absolutely brilliant and a hardly known piece of work.

/.'d Article (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111284)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK shot-for-shot teenage remake review!!!

Fandom - Magic - Fate - Passion - Love... They all came together tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse.

In 1981 - I was 9 years old when I saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Some of you, though it boggles my brain, were not even born yet. However, to the crowd right now entering our thirties, heading into our mid-thirties and even stepping well into our forties and fifties... June 12, 1981 was one of those - OHMYGOD moments in history. I actually saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at a sneak preview at the Fox Theater here in Austin, Tx 4 days before it opened. That theater is now, oddly, a Mercedes Benz Outlet. I was a maniac before and after that film, but I don't think I knew a kid that didn't want to be Indiana Jones.
I was going to central America and South America with my parents to visit temples buried deep in the jungles, and had been for 4 years when I saw that movie. Growing up on serials, it amazed me.
However, in Mississippi - there was a 10 year old boy, also born in 1971 that saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and he didn't idly think... I want to be Indiana Jones... He was determined TO BE INDIANA JONES. His name, Chris Strompolis. He had friends and they all began hatching a plot, "We'll film a shot-for-shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK!"
We're talking 10-11-12 year olds. Kids at the age where they can do anything, dream of anything. We all dream a lot at 10-12... hell, on up through college and until we hit the real world. Some never cease dreaming, few ever really do the dream. Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis shot a shot-for-shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Close to Seven years later... they finished.
They grew up in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. They learned to sew costumes, blow shit up good, take molds of their heads, drag under motorized vehicles, be hurled through windows, set themselves on fire, set their basement on fire, take over a WWII Submarine, improvise brilliantly another animal for the monkey, blow up a truck, get a shitload of snakes, build a giant boulder, the first kiss, get a girl to strip and put on Marion's dress while they filmed it in the mirror. They dressed their friends up as Nazis, killed a brother over and over again, made over 40 traditional Arabic costumes, swordfight, beat the shit out of each other, build giant Egyptian statues, con someone out of a Rolls Royce, scour Goodwill's and Salvation Armies for costumes and props.
This was pre-DV so they had to capture things with BETAMAX recorders, VHS Camcorders... They had substandard equipment, but they got their shots. They weren't trained actors, but they knew RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.
They started as boys and girls and finished the film as young men and women. They had the hometown screening, they dressed up for it, then Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolis went to the four winds. Eric Zala was the director and played Belloq - he went to NYU film school. Jayson Lamb set out to pursue a creative position in film and wound up in Fine Art in College. Chris Strompolis - well he went to become an actor in Hollywood, went to school, studied the craft, got a few bits here and there. Point is, for 7 years these kids shared a dream, and now they were gone.
As fate would have it, the story of their shot for shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK became a bit of a thing of legend. Whispered about at NYU film school. A copy was made. A copy of that copy was made. Then those spawned more, till it began drifting around. Years pass by. To Eric, Chris and Jayson - it had probably become something they'd show a new friend or loved one... "This was my childhood." But otherwise, like most memories of childhood, it became fodder for conversation, but it probably would stay in childhood.
Unknown to any of them - fate was working behind their back.
I had begun to form a friendship with Eli Roth while he was in post on CABIN FEVER. Unknown to Eli Roth - the artist who did the original teaser one-sheet for TEMPLE OF DOOM was doing my Butt-Numb-A-Thon 4 poster. All of this would have meant nothing to the three childhood friends. But fate works mysteriously. Then I travel to Sitges, Spain and so does Eli Roth. Two Americans - wildly out of place, having the time of their lives - chatting, telling old lies and new ones, Eli was going to bring CABIN FEVER to my All-Night Horror Marathon I was doing with Tim League. Eli attends that - falls in love with Harry & Tim League's insanity, decides he must attend BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 4. The poster comes out - the Indiana Harry poster... Eli looks at that poster thinking what a huge fan I must be of Indiana Jones and...
...makes a copy of a tape he got while at NYU of... the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK shot for shot remake. As I entered the Alamo Drafthouse at BNAT last year, Eli pushes it in my hands, tells me, "You've never seen anything like this, if there's anywhere you can play this, play this. It was made by kids for like 8-10 years --- you've got to see it, this crowd would love it."
I look at the tape, think... why not, and go up to the theater, hand the tape to Tim League with the instructions... "Tim - if we hit any dead time - put this in!" Tim looks at it, shrugs a bit... I got the idea he had weird stuff of his own he was wanting to put in, I doubted we would see it that night or the following day.
After two of the films at BNAT 4 bombed and before the gigantic silent film SALOME II, there was some spare time... Some how we were an HOUR ahead of schedule. We needed to "stretch" and Tim was up in the booth, saw the tape and thought... Yeah. It gets put in. It's like 8am, the audience is filled with the biggest geeks in the world and suddenly with exhausted eyes, they're watching what seems to be teenage children doing a shot for shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. There was no introduction - but really... it needed no introduction.
It stole BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 4. The premieres? Shameres. Eric Zala's RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - began to capture the audience. We kept waiting for them to drop the ball, but they were rising to each and every occasion. After key moments, cheers began rocking the Drafthouse. People started trying to guess how these kids would pull off the next big moment. And they always were doing it bigger than we could imagine.
When it came time for that final film, and Tim pulled the plug on it, right as Indy says, "WHAT TRUCK!?!?!" the audience boos. I get up to introduce the next film and say, "I want to see the rest of this RAIDERS thing," but TIM - ever the schedule keeper insists we show SALOME II, the audience begrudgingly agrees then cheers often through that.
ELI ROTH - was so blown away by the performance and acceptance of Zala's RAIDERS that he becomes obsessive about several things. 1)Tracking down Eric Zala. 2)Directing the Olsen Twins and Monkeys. 3) Getting the film into Steven Spielberg's hands and getting a response. While he has yet to achieve the 2nd obsession, the first and third... he got. Spielberg was astonished at the ingenuity and imagination with which these kids recaptured the magic of his, arguably, greatest film. After that - Eli suddenly gets a DVD of the film from Eric Zala, then hooks Eric up with Tim League - who after watching the audience at BNAT nearly go RIOT when he cut the film off, well... he became obsessing about showing this film and bringing the director, photographer and the star, Indiana Jones to the Drafthouse for a big event.
That Event was tonight.
Very few of the BNAT people were in the audience, I'd say... under 10. I showed up, because no earthly power could keep me away. I get there, turns up Tim is caught at another event and I am immediately roped into introducing Eric, Jayson and Chris and the film. I hadn't really thought about how to introduce the film. So essentially, I told the story of how it came to be at the Alamo Drafthouse and the audience was jazzed. I mean thrilled to be seeing this thing.
On Friday night, I met Eric, Jayson and Chris at Tim League's house for Bar-B-Que after I'd seen WRONG TURN. The thing that struck me, was they couldn't imagine why folks would come out to see their childhood project. They like it, but that's because every moment had earned blood, sweat and tears. They had trauma and success invested throughout. But I overheard Jayson wonder if anybody would come.
TONIGHT - the place was PACKED TO THE GILLS. The audience stunned, entertained, cheering and laughing not because it is bad, but because of how good these guys pulled this sucker off. Laughed because in Chris Strompolis' face he captures the magic of Harrison Ford in the film. Because - when we see him and Marion in Captain Katanga's cabin - and Marion is kissing the spots that don't hurt... We're witnessing Chris Strompolis' first kiss... ever. The moment has John Williams under it, but it's so honest and real feeling that the scene blew the audience away as if they were seeing it again... LITERALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Watching the Truck scene - and seeing the fear on his face as he holds onto a falling apart grill and going under the truck... We know this isn't Terry Leonard going under the truck being dragged... we know this video camera can't be UNDERCRANKED... Here... We see Chris Strompolis wondering if he's gonna die trying to be Indiana Jones and it is brilliant.
The film was made to see if they could do it. To learn how to make a movie. As a dare to themselves reinforced by dozens of naysayers along the way. This was all about doing it, because giving up wasn't an option.
They'd spent Christmas wishes to get a case of spray-paint. Asking parents for a Fedora for Chris' birthday, a bullwhip for Eric's birthday. This became a neighborhood thing, a challenge to themselves and a sacrifice of not sitting in front of that ATARI 2600 - but in BECOMING Indiana Jones and Belloq.
I feel this is the best damn fan film I've ever seen. The love and passion and sacrifice is on every single frame of this thing. And tonight as they received their STANDING OVATION for 4 solid minutes - I saw 3 friends on that stage thinking - Jesus, how did we get here? The three of them haven't all seen each other in the same room in 7 years. Tonight, they saw the magic that can happen when they do.
Personally, this is what fandom to me is about. This sort of triumph. This sort of magic.
If Lucas or Spielberg or the folks at Paramount were smart, they'd be contacting Eric Zala and crew to put this thing on an Extra Disc for that RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK DVD set - Along with a little interview thing with the three kids all grown up. Why? Because frankly - this is the dream of what films can do. Motivate kids to learn and make it. To get that first kiss, to make that first facemask, to create Nazi Uniforms and giant boulders. Because, for everyone that saw this thing, they'd remember who they were when they saw this film, that they were Indiana Jones, that they could have the greatest adventure ever. Because this thing is magic. Because it'd make for great stories and interviews and publicity, but most of all because it'd be so damn cool.
However, don't count on that folks. There's two more showing with these guys. Tonight, SATURDAY May 31st at Midnight --- and SUNDAY June 1st at 4pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown. Be prepared to be blown away by PURE MAGIC. And the monkey rules... Snickers lives!

In other news, three teenagers were arrested... (4, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111291)

for violations of Der Kopiright Akt. Herr Ashkroft announced that these economic terrorists will be stripped of their citizenship and summarially tortured for days without sleep until they confess to their vile plans of toppling the government-approved media.

Anyone have it? (3, Interesting)

Beowulfto (169354) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111295)

I live in middle of nowhere and will never get to see a screening, so if anyone has a copy, please get a torrent version out there for me.

Some friends of mine did a similar project. It wasn't a shot for shot re-make, but an original story called Indiana Jed. Was a lot of fun for high-school students to make, and sure beats the heck out of playing computer games for hours on end. Take a look at Indiana Jed [linnproductionsmedia.com]

frok pok (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6111296)

fp

World premiere screening (2, Informative)

sridev (663490) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111304)

See show details [drafthouse.com]

Great! (1)

sixdotoh (584811) | more than 11 years ago | (#6111316)

I think this is a great story. I mean, for a lot of people (including me) doing something like this was their childhood dream. And now to have all this publicity. Come on, when you were 12-14 or so, wouldn't you have loved to film your own (copied;) action movie?
I know some kids about that age who are attemping their own version of the LOtR trilogy, complete with costumes and sets that they sew and make themselves.

guess i just like having fun and its nice to see some kids come through with it.

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