No, that’s not me introducing Professor Galambos at a recent Economics Colloquium; it’s George Lucas hashing out his initial vision of the Indiana Jones character with Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasden.
In what has to be one of our greatest “Bedtime Reading” finds ever, behold this remarkable 90-page transcript of the “spitballing” sessions available online. The sessions are excerpted in a recent New Yorker piece.
If you have ever wanted to see creative genius at work in all its fits-and-starts, here you go.
Kasdan: Do you have a name for this person?”
Lucas: I do.
Spielberg: I hate this, but go ahead.
Lucas: Indiana Smith.
And, if you have 13 minutes and would like your mind completely blown, you might check this side-by-side out.