Indiana Jones 5 Prioritized Practical Effects While Filming

Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold didn’t want to use any CGI during the filming of Indiana Jones 5, instead prioritizing practical effects.

Speaking to Empire, Mangold explained that he shut down any notions of using volumes – studios that use advanced technology to create artificial backdrops – whenever it came up in production meetings. “If anyone in early meetings brought it up, I’d say, ‘no volumes, please’,” he said.

Production left the US to shoot in the likes of Sicily, Morocco, and Glasgow as the team sought to create a completely authentic globe-trotting adventure that Indiana Jones films are known for, with scenes shot in crypts, bazaars, and even underwater.

Something brand new, however, is the use of helicopters in set pieces, joining horses, planes, trains, and automobiles. “Every type of vehicle, every country, we have scenes that are recreating really iconic, giant events,” added producer Simon Emanuel.

Indiana Jones wrapped filming in February 2022 but won’t be released until June 30 next year. Alongside Harrison Ford returning as the titular character (despite not finding a fifth entry necessary), Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are also starring in the fifth and final film.

Though details are still hazy around the film’s plot, we know that at least some of it is set in the past as Ford is confirmed to undergo a de-aging for the opening sequence.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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