TOMB RAIDER WEBCAST
Copyright 2000 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 9th 2000 ]
thousands of fans across the world tuning into
Paramount Pictures live web cast this evening,
Real Networks in association with Land Rover carried
the broadcast without a hitch, bringing to desktops
throughout the world a tour of Croft Manor, an
in-depth look at the vehicles featuring in Simon
West's action movie, and a surprise phone call
from Lara Croft herself. Proceedings began shortly
after 19:30 this evening, with John Tracey hosting
the show live from Europe's largest soundstage
at Pinewood Studios, London.
the 40 minute broadcast, gunfire was audible over
Johns commentary as he explained that fimling
continued yards from his anchor position. Simon
West, director of Eidos Interactives computer
blockbuster Tomb Raider, headed the production
commenting on his ideals for Tomb Raider and answering
questions thrown into the interview from fans
logged into Yahoo Chat.
question quizzed Simon on the time frame, and
expected arrival, of the film crew in Cambodia.
Simon West answered that a team was sent out four
weeks ago to begin building sets, and readying
the Temples of Angkor Wat in preparation for the
main contingents arrival which is expected on
reveals that he decided the movie should capture
the imagination of it's audience, and chose previously
unseen locations for shooting various parts of
the movie, thus adding surprise and mystique to
an already explosive production. West also says
that choosing locations begins with research from
books and articles, then usually he follows up
with a trip to the region, where the filming sequences
are first designed.
to production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, Simon
wanted no scene continuity, opting for the expanse
of the Icelandic glaciers for some scenes, the
mystique of the Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia,
and the stately appearance of Croft Manor London,
to visually portray a broad spectrum of atmosphere
using panoramic. locations.
moves into the vehicles workshop, where we are
introduced to the custom built, Norton motor cycle
with it's carbon chassis, Ducatti influenced shell
and Harley Davidson Wheels. The style of Norton
was chosen by designers because of it's classic
appearance, and the vehicle was then inherently
modified to compliment Lara Croft.
told the bike reaches from 0-130 in an amazing
6 seconds, and is one of six produced for the
movie, all with different modifications for the
action sequences. Standing next to the Norton
is Land Rovers powerful V8 Defender, and this
contraption comes with rocket launcher as standard.
The Tomb Raider specs also sport onboard Nav Sat,
a buckled harnessing system and life support machine,
oxygen tanks and an incredible exhaust pipe running
the height of the vehicle ready for it's water
in this model is a quick release mechanism in
case of trouble [and I think we're in for quite
a bit of that] and comes complete with coffee
holder for those calmer moments. The tour of Croft
Manor is nothing short of spectacular, with Kirk
explaining that the set was assembled with the
option of giving director Simon West complete
3D capability when shooting scenes.
asked how long the team were given to complete
Croft Manor, Kirk replies the Croft Manor was
built within it's seventeen week time allowance.
One major action scene involves an assult on Croft
Manor, and sees Lara Croft swinging on a chandelier.
like Adam West's high-tech communication room
in the hit series Batman, Croft Manor goes all
out, with a command room straight out of a sci
fi movie. Screens, graphs, images from satellites
around the world, the central communication centre
sports every technical accessory available in
the infinite storeroom of imagination. We are
then led to the observatory, and learn that the
huge telescope is the biggest indoor star viewing
assembly anywhere under a roof.
our hosts mobile phone rings, and broadcast across
the digital web is heard the sultry tones of Angelina
Jolie as Lara Croft, with an accent that almost
rivals native London. John Tracey quizzes Jolie
on her activities in her free time, and asks why
the role of Lara Croft appealed to her. Her answers
are short, perhaps in character, and volunteers
the excitement and action of Eidos heroine as
favourable points to her characters persona.
West, when earlier questioned about the casting
of Jolie, said that the production of Paramount's
movie hinged on whether or not Angelina Jolie
would sign for the role, describing her as the
perfect actress for the role of Lara Croft. Simon
Crane, stunt coordinator, joins the discussion,
and we learn that the action sequences in the
movie were designed to be completely unique, and
where familiar moves were sown into the action,
Simons unique angle of filming made them appear
like never before.
Crane also found humour to the suggestion that
he actually enjoyed finding different ways to
destroy Kirks glorious sets. The stunt sequences
featuring Lara Croft were, for the major part,
performed by Angelina Jolie, who is described
by Simon as a unique mix of action heroine and
boyish attitude. Her training began months before
principal photography started at Pinewood, and
she will be seen performing some of her own fight
sequences and stunts. Her gruelling training included
a course of gymnastics and several rounds on an
army assault course.
Crane continues to differentiate between the design
of action sequences with other movies, saying
that realism plays a dominant part in the making
of Tomb Raider, as well as in scenes in Titanic
and Saving Private Ryan, which were both movies
he previously worked on.
about action on location is put to Crane from
a user logged into Yahoo Chat, who is told that
most of the fighting sequences will be shot at
Pinewood, including many of the underground scenes.
Location shooting will introduce the viewer to
the region first.
asked whether or not Angelina Jolie wore a wig
during filming, a wry smile snaked across the
faces of both host and interviewee, and although
they suggested she sported her own hair, no definitive
answer was given other than the fact that this
was a closely guarded secret. We also learn that
the softer side of Lara Croft probably won't be
shown, with the emphasis on action and adventure
the dominant qualities of archaeologist adventurer
played across the desktops of fans seemesly, and
we only experienced the occasional drop out. Enough
information was learnt to wet the appetite further,
with enough withheld to maintain the mystique
and mystery from Simon West's probable blockbuster
Tomb Raider. Previews should hit some of Paramounts
releases this Christmas, with the premier expected
sometime in June 2001.