Bonus Special Effects Footage Detailing the 'Indiana Jones' Face Melting Scene
The face melting scene in ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is considered by many to be the movie’s most memorable sequence. It’s shocking, gory, and elicits the perfect resolution to the movie’s climax.
The effect was achieved by Chris Walas of Industrial Light and Magic using casts of the actors’ heads and various layers of gelatin that were then melted. This process took upwards of ten minutes to complete, so the footage was then sped up to make it seem like it occurred in just a few seconds. A lot of work for just a few seconds of screen footage!