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Indiana Jones IV to be CGI-free, for the most part

by Parm Mann on 1 April 2008, 13:40

Tags: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount Pictures (NYSE:SNE)

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Industrial Light & Magic didn't get to completely digitise this one

Fans of Dr Jones were not without scepticism when Indiana Jones' return to the big screen in the form of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was first announced.

With George Lucas on board alongside Steven Spielberg, many feared that Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic team would turn the much-loved Indiana locations, sets and characters into digital mishaps on a scale similar to those found in all three Star Wars prequels.

Fortunately for us, Guy Hendrix Dyas, production designer on Indiana Jones IV, has eased our fears during an interview with io9 in which he states:

"There really wasn't much CGI. We built all the sets... We built all of the [moving stone staircases, converging stone pillars and other pieces] so it was very nice."

Thank goodness for that! Still, those who have seen the trailer (shame on you if you haven't!) will be thinking there's surely more CGI than they'd have us believe.

It isn't so much CGI additions that are a problem, it's more so that certain scenes seem to have been touched up. Colours in particular look a lot more vibrant than you'd expect, and more artificial compared to the dusty Indiana Jones environments that we're used to.

Hell, now we're just trying to be sceptical for scepticism's sake. Truth is, we can't wait for Indy IV, CGI or no CGI.



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if I recall they made a big thing about something similar for batman begins - not too much cgi and more ‘real’ stuff…worked pretty well too! bring on the Jones!!
I was really looking forward to hyper-agile and elastic CGI Indy ‘distance shots’ coupled with ‘close-ups’ of Harrison Ford sped up duting the fight scenes. lol

Maybe, just maybe George Lucas has learnt lessons from the awful first two and mediocre third episodes of Star Wars
M0nkeyb0Y
I was really looking forward to hyper-agile and elastic CGI Indy ‘distance shots’ coupled with ‘close-ups’ of Harrison Ford sped up duting the fight scenes. lol

Maybe, just maybe George Lucas has learnt lessons from the awful first two and mediocre third episodes of Star Wars
hehehehe!

You'd have thought George would have learnt the error of his ways after Episode I though!

Personally, I'm not against CGI. When used right, it can really add to a scene. However, Indiana Jones films were great in my opinion largely because of the awesome sets and real stunts which looked the part. Replacing those with CGI would take away part of the experience and authenticity.