Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Hell and High Water
Article by Robert P. Everett
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom marks the second blockbuster association between executive producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg. Unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark, which — with the exception of its cosmic finale — relied primarily on dazzling stuntwork for its thrills and chills, many of the key sequences in the second Indiana Jones adventure were made possible only through the employment of elaborate visual effects. From miniature airplanes and mine cars to large-scale lava and water effects, the cinemagicians of Industrial Light & Magic stretched the limits of their experience and expertise to produce some 140 effects shots for the consummate cliffhanger. Three-time Oscar-winning effects supervisor Dennis Muren discusses the project in detail, aided and abetted by numerous members of his highly-specialized team.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Final Voyage of the Starship 'Enterprise'
Article by Brad Munson
Concurrent with their involvement in Indiana Jones, the artists and technicians of Industrial Light & Magic were also at work on a vastly different project — their second foray into Star Trek's final frontier. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Oscar-winning effects supervisor Ken Ralston and his team were called upon to create alien creatures, several new spacecraft, a mammoth orbiting drydock, planetary surfaces for Genesis and Vulcan — and most memorable, the destruction of the starship Enterprise. Ralston and key members of the effects unit detail the challenges involved and the techniques employed in achieving these and other cinematic wonders.
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