Excuse me while I clean myself up. I just peed a little.
I know that I don’t really have the time to spend on such luxuries like reading for pleasure these past few months, but when I stumbled upon Mystery Man on Film’s post about a 125-page .pdf transcript of some conversations between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan during 1978 about a little movie that happens to be my favorite of all-time – Raiders of the Lost Ark – I had to see it with my own eyes. This thing is all over the internet today and I couldn’t resist the temptation. I immediately downloaded the sucker and started reading away (and have a feeling I may be reading the whole thing tonight). It’s the Genesis of Indiana Jones: “In the beginning, George and Steven created Indiana Smith…”
Really, this is one of the coolest film-related documents I think I have ever read. These guys are talking candidly about the creation of the character that is Indiana Jones, the other characters, the film itself, the story arcs, everything – and it makes for some mind-boggling, fascinating reading. We really get a firsthand glimpse at what goes into collaborating to create an iconic film like this.
Check out Mystery Man’s blog post (because he deserves all the credit in the world for this write-up and he says it all better than I could), which gives plenty of excerpts from the document, along with his commentary, if you’re looking for a condensed version. You can also download the entire thing right there, for your drooling pleasure.