Interview: Meet the guys who re-created Raiders Of The Lost Ark shot by shot

Before it was the stuff of pop-culture legend, Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation was the all-consuming obsession of three 12-year-olds from Mississippi. Along with their friend Jayson Lamb, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala spent every summer between 1982 and 1989 re-creating their favorite movie, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, shot for shot from storyboards Zala drew from memory, enlisting kids from the neighborhood as extras and themselves as stuntmen. More than a decade later, a dubbed copy of the resulting fan film—which had only been publicly screened once, in the auditorium of a Coca-Cola plant—somehow made its way to director Eli Roth, who showed it to Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, who threw it on the screen to fill time after a film print arrived late to an all-night movie marathon in 2002. The crowd loved it.

Since then, Raiders: The Adaptation has …

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