In 1981, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala met on a school bus. They shared Chris’s Raiders of the Lost Ark comic book and Chris asked Eric to help him remake the movie. Seven years and many clunky 8mm cameras later, they finished what they called Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. By then, they’d nearly burned down Eric’s house, torched Eric, survived their families’ financial turmoil, parents’ divorces and remarriages, and finally the collapse of their friendship. What held them together, barely, was their movie. RAIDERS! tells the story of how these guys made their film, purchasing props with their pooled allowance money and scant savings, and how they created the big effects (Indy being dragged behind the truck) and big props (the boulder) using their resourcefulness and creativity. Steven Spielberg himself discovered and embraced the film, saying, “To this day [it’s] still the best piece of flattery George (Lucas) and I ever received.”How to Enter:
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View the book trailer:
Watch the first 10 minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation: