In 1982, three 12-year-olds from Mississippi set out to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark. This was no weekend project: Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolos intended to replicate the 1981 George Lucas/Steven Spielberg blockbuster shot-for-shot. They’d use a rented video camera, rather than shooting on 35mm. With no access to A-list (or B- or even D-list) actors, they cast their buddies from middle school instead.

While Lucas and Spielberg spent $26 million on their Raiders, the Mississippi kids had only their pocket money. Plus, none of them had ever made a movie. Nonetheless, over the course of seven sweltering summers, with a total budget of about $5,000, Zala, Lamb and Strompolos completed a 100-minute work that, if passion, commitment and degree of difficulty are your criteria, stands as the greatest fan film yet made.

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凄え。見たところ、お気楽な冗談やパロディではなくマジで作ってる。Indiana Jones役はChris Strompolos君のようだが、始めたときが12歳なので、7年間にも及ぶ撮影期間中は成長期の真っ只中の筈で、その間にどんどん顔つきも体つきも変っていってしまったことであろう。その過程もそのまま記録されているとしたら、なんとも楽しいじゃないか。

They were invited to Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch (they said they geeked out when given the chance to touch the Ark of the Covenant prop) and given a tour of Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment studio, where they met with their hero. But, nervous about legal issues (having pirated the story, characters and music, they knew there was no chance of clearing rights), the filmmakers did their best to keep their movie beneath radar.

Knock on wood, Hollywood lawyers haven’t seemed to mind, perhaps in part because the filmmakers donate all proceeds to charity.

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Everyone seems to acknowledge that this film probably violates all sorts of intellectual property rules — though both Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas appear to be fine with it. However, a set of kids trying to do the same thing today would actually find it more difficult. While the tools to do so have become much more powerful and much cheaper — the legal regime has become much worse. And, frankly, doesn’t it seem like something is wrong with the system when a bunch of kids can’t do something like this? It wasn’t just a tremendously fun project for the trio, but apparently a great learning experience. All three of the “kids” now work in the entertainment industry. On top of that, the film has a huge cult following and has made many people extremely happy. You’d be hard pressed to come up with a way that this “cost” the original creators of the content a dime (and, if anything, probably encouraged a few more people to watch or rewatch the original). So why is it that these same kids today would potentially face time in jail, both criminal and civil lawsuits and huge fines for doing the same thing?

What Would Happen To Fanboys Remaking Raiders Of The Lost Ark Today? – TechDirt