Culver City, CA: Extra-Terrestrial Productions, Inc, 1981 [but later]. 4to. 113 pages. Original printed wrappers, closed with three brass brads. Slightest handling wear. Item #402235
A copy of the shooting script, dated August 21, 1981, but a reproduction of an original (originals are known to have the revision pages on colored paper, which they are not here, nor are their colored watermark stamps characteristic of Spielberg/Lucas scripts). Still, a fully reproduced example of the original working script for the classic film.
Spielberg's classic film 'E.T. the Extra Terrestrial' began filming in September 1981 under the cover name 'A Boy's Life,' to prevent discovery and plagiarism on the plot. Everyone on set had to wear an ID card, and actors had to read the script behind closed doors. The film was shot mostly in chronological order, to produce as convincing an emotional development as possible. The shoot completed in 61 days, four days ahead of schedule.
The title-page of this shooting script bears the same date as the front cover. Several of the leaves were updated during shooting, and are dated 8/26-9/8/81. 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' was directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison, produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, and starred Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, and Robert McNaughton. The film won four Oscars: Best Sound, Best Effects - Visual Effects (including Carlo Rambaldi), Best Effects–Sound Effects Editing, and Best Music–Original Score (by John Williams). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing–Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing.