Jul 052015


Did you know that a Nikon F3 still photography film SLR was used to shoot the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? The mine cart chase scene in the film would have been too expensive if the track were built to scale, so George Lucas and Steve Spielberg turned to the special effects team at Industrial Light and Magic. They modified a Nikon F3 to shoot the chase scene in miniature using stop motion.

By adding a large film magazine and motor drive to the back of the camera, the team created a stop-motion camera that could expose 50 feet of motion picture film for just 15 seconds of action. In total, the scene took 4 months to shoot, with 24 still frames going into each second of action.

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