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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

[Paramount Pictures]

The good Dr. Jones embarks on a search for the Holy Grail and quickly learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet — his own father, Dr. Henry Jones.

One of the film’s key scenes, turncoat Walter Donavan’s face melting and ultimately turning to dust, was conceived by ILM in one continuous shot. Three motion-controlled puppet heads reveal the character in various stages of decomposition, with ILM’s patented Morphing technique used to blend the photography.

It was the first ever digital composite of a full-screen live action image.

Director: Steven Spielberg
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Michael McAlister
ILM Animation Supervisor: Wes Takahashi
ILM Visual Effects Producer: Patricia Blau
ILM Visual Effects Art Director: Steve Beck
ILM Studios: San Francisco