Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

30th Anniversary Screening


Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.

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Watch as key members of the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" crew discuss the science and technology behind the classic adventure.

Hosted by film historian and author Eric Lichtenfeld

Premier of a new digital restoration and screening a Digital Cinema Presentation courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council

As part of the “Prime Tech” screening series, the Science and Technology Council presented a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), featuring an onstage discussion with members of the film’s crew.

Shooting around the globe, director Steven Spielberg and his crew braved 130-degree temperatures and 6,000 live reptiles to create this adventure that celebrates – and transcends – the classic serials of the 1940s.

An Academy Award nominee for Cinematography, Directing, Music (Original Score) and Best Picture, and winner for Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects and Special Achievement in Sound Effects Editing, the film stars Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who must race against Nazi forces and a shadowy rival in a life-or-death quest to recover the lost Ark of the Covenant.


Several key members of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” crew gathered for an onstage discussion of the role motion picture science and technology played in shaping the movie.

  • Richard L. Anderson, supervising sound effects editor
  • Ben Burtt, sound designer
  • Leslie Dilley, art director
  • Michael Kahn, film editor
  • Gregg Landaker, rerecording mixer
  • Frank Marshall, producer
  • Steve Maslow, rerecording mixer
  • Bruce Nicholson, optical photography supervisor


Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Wolf Kahler, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Produced by Frank Marshall. Screenplay Lawrence Kasdan. Story George Lucas, Philip Kaufman. Cinematography Douglas Slocombe. Film Editing Michael Kahn. Production Design Norman Reynolds. Art Direction Leslie Dilley. Set Decoration Michael Ford. Music John Williams. Production Sound Mixer Roy Charman. Rerecording Mixers Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker. Sound Effects Editors Richard L. Anderson (Supervising), Steve Hunter Flick, Mark Mangini. Sound Design Ben Burtt. Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund. Mechanical Effects Supervisor Kit West. Optical Photography Supervisor Bruce Nicholson, Visual Effects Art Director Joe Johnston. Paramount Pictures. 1981. 115 minutes.

Academy Award winner: Art Direction (Reynolds, Dilley, Ford), Film Editing (Kahn), Sound (Varney, Maslow, Landaker, Charman), Visual Effects (Edlund, West, Nicholson, Johnston), Special Achievement Award – Sound Effects Editing (Burtt, Anderson)

Academy Award nominee: Cinematography (Slocombe), Directing (Spielberg), Music – Original Score (Williams), Best Picture (Marshall)

The “Prime Tech” screening series showcases Oscar®-nominated and winning films that have been recognized in at least one technical category. Panel discussions illuminate the art of filmmaking from a science and technology perspective, examining how technical elements can augment a film’s narrative capabilities and enrich the overall viewing experience.

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Event Information

Friday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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