AN IMAX LARGE FORMAT 3-D 40 AND/OR 80 MINUTE  FILM ILLUSTRATING THE CULTURE, THE PEOPLE AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS 

(c) TO JORDAN: WITH LAWRENCE

OF ARABIA

BY

PETER SHILLINGFORD 

ufindshill@btinternet.com 

 

      A LARGE FORMAT 40 MINUTE FILM IN 3-D IMAX
ILLUSTRATING THE CULTURE, THE PEOPLE
AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS.   

WE WILL TRAVEL WITH TWO YOUNG PEOPLE WITH LAWRENCE OF ARABIA AND AMERICAN NEWSMAN LOWEL THOMAS GUIDING THEM ALONG THE WAY.

THE INTENTION IS SOLVING A SERIES OF RIDDLES WHICH LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT TREASURES AND THEIR RETURN TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS. 

   Titles over with Maurice Jarre's music from David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" under.

 Establish present day beauty images of Jordan and maps
of T. E. Lawrence's journeys across Arabia during 
World War 1. 
 
Explosions and gunfire echo across the screen.

 
 

  Lawrence's cottage in Dorset and his grave at a nearby cemetery.

 

 
 
 
 

     Grandfather Bryn Jones and 20 year old grandson David are exploring with a metal detector in the nearby woods.

 
 
 
Their dog discovers a hidden chest with coins, medals, maps and documents...and an assortment of riddles. 
 
Their family tree traces Grandfather Bryn and David Jones back to Lawrence's time at the turn of the century.  
 
David's great grandfather was with Lawrence in Arabia.
 
 
 

                                             

      David calls his friend Phaedra who works at the King Abdullah Mosque in Jordan.  He decides to visit.

           David to the airport...narrowly missing the boys on bikes who proved so fatal to Lawrence.

       

 

  

Phaedra is just completing an exhibition of illustrations from Jordan's past.

Lawrence was an archaeologist in Jordan prior to the war. His experience there convinced the British military that he could unite the various Arab tribes into one fighting army. 

 

 

David and Phaedra arrange to meet at the Jarash ruins where a Roman Army demonstration is being performed.   

 

   

Phaedra is demonstrating her expert capability on a horse.
 
David arrives. He attempts to ride a camel…and falls.

Laughter from Phaedra.

 

  

 Phaedra's father has task for her and David...drive a very special vehicle from Amman down to a museum in Aquba.

A vehicle that Lawrence drove during the 1914-1918 war in the desert.

Before Jordan was created by the European powers.

It is a Rolls Royce with an armoured body that saved Lawrence's life many times.

 

 

Chicago 1915…Famed international news reporter Lowell Thomas is hosting a cocktail party on the rear platform of a departing riverboat, prior to his departure to meet his hero Lawrence.

 

 

Lowell Thomas, an intrepid newsman is seeking newsreel footage for America. He found Lawrence and followed him on many of his campaigns. 

With Harry Shaw hand cranking the ancient camera, Lowell Thomas took off for the war in Europe. Hearing of Lawrence's exploits he changed tact and arrived in Amman Jordan to meet the great man.

Harry still cranking his camera will prove to be the joker in the pack. 

 

Their arrival in Amman at the amphtheatre gave Harry the opportunity to be one of the first cameramen to
put on film the visual beauty and unique sound created by the construction of the building.   
 
 
Thomas's Cadillac in Amman also caused a stir but with the arrival of Lawrence and his bodyguards David and Phaedra cranked the Rolls Royce into life and began their great adventure. 

 

 Phaedra's father was rather concerned as this motley crew took his   only daughter off into the desert.

 
Jordan's ancient Crusader forts and hilltop fortifications have not been sullied by advertising signs, parking lots and power lines.
 
   
 
A journey across Jordan following in the footsteps of Lawrence and his Arab compatriots. Revisting the sites where the Arabs took the Turks by storm and steath.
              

     Harry Shaw, Thomas's newsreel cameraman cranks away as they traverse the desert.

Beauty shots of desert scenes as they all travel through.
  

 
 
       David and Phaedra on the Desert Highway to Akaba.
Camping out they learn navigation by the stars and suffer inclement weather amid snowfall and sandstorms.

 
Their journey will encompass adventures at the ancient Crusader castle sites of Umm Qays, Pella, Jarash, Azraq, the Jordan Valley, Madaba, the Dead Sea, Mammamat Main, Zara Hot Springs, Mount Nebo, Karak, Shobak, Petra, Wadi Rum and Akaba.

 
  Riddles to solve, treasures to find and return.

 
  Camp fires under the stars ... mirages to wonder at

 Compass and sextant work when off the beaten track

 
 More riddles to solve, not least the River Jordan and its decreasing water supply.
 
 
The phenomena of floating in the Dead sea. 

 
At each ancient site a riddle will be solved, often with Lawrence's and Thomas's help, and the buried or hidden treasure is found and returned to a museum, religious order or head tribesman.

 

The ruined Crusader castles and forts of today will be recreated with computer animation to simulate as to how they would appear at the time of their completion.

  
 
At these ancient sites David and Phaedra will experience an archaeologist dig, water diviners at work, get to race camels, go hang gliding and attend a Bedouin wedding.

 

          The bride and the groom
 
   
 
Bedouin encampments welcome travelers of all nationalities, tea is served by the womenfolk, pleasantries are exchanged and the children admired.

 

 

 

   Separate to these activities they will participate in rare and exotic animal capture for tag and release at the various nature reserves.

 

 
Re-creation of scenes from "Lawrence of Arabia" 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homage will be paid the David Lean's incredible introduction
of Omar Shariff.
 

 Lean later remarked that he wished he had held the mirage shot in its entirety instead of cutting to a close up of Peter O'Toole.  

 

 

   David was allowed the rare honour    of  wearing a tribal chieftains desert robe. He emulates the dance of O'Toole in the motion picture.

 

 

 

Lawrence and Thomas were often at
odds with each other due to the shyness
of Lawrence, however Thomas's newsreel
made the man world famous.

 

  

 

 David and Phaedra are taken by Lawrence to a military exercise by the Jordanian army. 

Lowell Thomas and Harry his cameraman tag along and film.

 
 

An officer presents Phaedra with a miniature Rolls Royce armoured car, similar to the vehicle they are traveling in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recreation of the charge into Akaba that destroyed the Turks

The Bedouin women urge their men into battle with cries and screams that echo around the canyons. 

The extraordinary entry into Petra.  

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unique city, only recently discovered and an example of water conservation with its channels cut into the rock.

 

  

The entourage of David and Phaedra escorted by Lawrence and Thomas enter the city of Aquaba.
 
The Rolls Royce is delivered to the museum and Lawrence and Thomas wave farewell ...
and fade away into the desert mist of time. 
 

 
David and Phaedra run to the beach and dive into the ocean. 

  

 At the palace of the Royal family David and Phaedra present the final treasure to the Queen of Jordan.

 

 An end to a perfect day

 

Peter and David Shillingford have worked on many and various productions together including the Academy Award winning feature documentary "GENOCIDE" which Peter Line Produced.

Peter after selling his highly successful award winning commercials company in London came to Los Angeles on the advice of George Lucas after directing and photographing "THE MAKING OF STAR WARS". His work in IMAX cinematography and writing for motion simulation 3-D ride films has taken him all over the world.

Peter Shillingford

2 Creefleet House

280 Kew Road

Richmond TW9 3EE

England

0208 940 4507

Mobile : 077 866 42171

                                        ufindshill@btinternet.com

 

 

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