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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal is a book released in 2008 which collects the images taken during the making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by unit photographer David James. Accompanying the photographs are James' notes which provide explanation and context for the scenes depicted.

Publisher's summary[]

Go behind the scenes—with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford Cate Blanchett, and Shia LaBeouf—to experience the action of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.Thanks to an immersive firsthand visual account, readers will experience life as one of Spielberg's production "family".

From the camera of David James—Spielberg's trusted unit photographer since Schindler's List (1993)—comes Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: A Photographic Journal. Inside, readers will discover details about exotic, elaborate environments such as the Nazca cemetery and Doom Town sets, and share private moments with all the cast and crew.

  • Over 200 behind-the-scenes photos, featuring Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
  • A personal account of the 80-day shoot
  • Firsthand insight into Spielberg's shot composition, director of photography Janusz Kaminski's lighting, Guy Hendrix Dyas' production design and all of the daring stunts from the film
  • And much, much more ...


  • Preface

Steven Spielberg

  • Foreword

Harrison Ford

  • Introduction

David James

External links[]

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Novel · Junior novel · The Movie Storybook · The Official Magazine · Scholastic Readers · Interactive Play-a-Sound
Partial adaptations
Meet Indy · Meet Mutt · Race for Akator
Indy's Adventures · Traps and Snares · Great Escapes · The Search For Buried Treasure
Soundtrack (The Soundtracks Collection) · An Unabridged Production
Comic · 1 · 2 · TPB · Indiana Jones Comic · Escape from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
Mobile game · Didj · LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues · Trading cards · Akator Temple Race Game
Activity books
Ready for Action! · A New Adventure! · Activity Book With Stickers
Activity Book · Activity Annual · Winter Activity Annual
Sticker Collection · Annual 2009 · Annual 2010 · The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
Behind the scenes
The Return of a Legend · Pre-Production · Production Diary (abridged cut) · Warrior Makeup · The Crystal Skulls · Iconic Props · The Effects of Indy · Adventures in Post Production · Closing: Team Indy
The Complete Making of Indiana Jones · A Photographic Journal
Script development
Indiana Jones and the Saucermen from Mars · Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods
Home video
DVD (Complete Adventure Collection) · Blu-ray (The Complete Adventures) · 4K (4-Movie Collection)
Other material and merchandise
Toy line · Collector's Guide · Piano Accompaniment