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Production Diary: Making of "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is a special feature contained on disc two of the two-disc set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

An abridged version of the documentary was released four years later as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set.


The feature is a documentary following Steven Spielberg and the movie's cast and crew during the various shooting locations. It is the longest of the special features contained on the DVD and lasts about an hour and twenty minutes. The documentary is divided into six sections:

  • Shooting Begins: New Mexico (14:20)
  • Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut (10:15)
  • Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii (6:25)
  • On-Set Action (27:20)
  • Exploring Akator (14:25)
  • Wrapping Up! (7:25)


Shooting Begins: New Mexico[]

Shooting Begins

After a short introduction by producer Frank Marshall, the documentary starts with the first shooting day on June 18, 2007. The shooting started in New Mexico where the scenes playing in Nevada (military convoy and teenager's car, outdoor scenes at Hangar 51 and Doomtown) were filmed.

Back To School: New Haven, Connecticut[]

New Haven, Connecticut, was the location were the outdoor scenes playing in Bedford, Connecticut were filmed.

Welcome to the Jungle: Hilo, Hawaii[]

The scenes playing in the Amazon jungle in Brazil, especially the Jungle Chase, were were filmed in a jungle near Hilo on Hawaii.

On-Set Action[]

Some of the scenes were filmed on sets constructed in studios.

Exploring Akator[]

This section describes some special effects used for the senes in the Temple of Akator.

Wrapping Up![]

Wrapping Up

The scene of Indy's and Marion's wedding was one of the last scenes filmed. Since it was the last scene for many cast and crew members, the last-day toast was held there on the set. Steven Spielberg expressed his thanks to everyone for having brought back the fourth Indiana Jones.

Shooting ended on October 11, 2007, with a reduced cast and crew in Fresno, California. The town has multiple airports where scenes playing at the airports of Bedford, Mexico City, and Nazca were filmed. At the end, Steven Spielberg declared the wrap-up.

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