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New Kon-Tiki movie!
Carmine Verandah
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Posted: 2011-04-17 10:18 pm   Permalink

The book relates a great adventure, but I don't recall any episodes that will make one of those violently exciting trailers Hollywood is so fond of. Think there were something to do with a storm, but how many shots of the brave little craft emerging from big waves can there be?

No one goes bonkers during the passage of the trip, the crew has all the food it needs, there were no shark attacks or secret saboteurs on board, etc. etc.

And sex, whadda about sex??

Definitely an art-house flick. La Verandah will see it, regardless.







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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-04-18 11:29 pm   Permalink

Here's a nice e-mail I got from Thor's ex-assistant Donald Ryan. The sense of adventure was different when he was young:

Quote:

>>Dear friends and family of Thor:

Nine years ago our friend, Thor Heyerdahl, passed away on April 18th 2002. Yet another year goes by and we can take a moment to remember a unique individual on our planet. This year I am teaching an special class for first-year students at Pacific Lutheran University. The theme is "exploration and discovery" and Thor, of course, is a major topic. One of the books we are reading is "Kon-Tiki" and even though I have read the book many times since I was a young boy, it remains inspirational. Last summer, my own book, "Beneath the Sands of Egypt," was published by HarperCollins. Although much of the book is about my adventures as an archaeologist in Egypt, I included a chapter about my work with Thor, and his profound influence on my life. Here is an excerpt that describes my childhood impressions of Thor and his wonderful Kon-Tiki expedition:


Begin excerpt:

" Every day aboard the raft named “Kon-Tiki” was an adventure. Yesterday, Torstein found a strange unknown fish which hopped from the ocean onto his sleeping bag and we were still talking about the whale shark that passed below the raft last week, a terrifying, yet utterly fascinating, creature whose power and mass rivaled that of even our hefty collection of floating logs. Our friend from Peru, a parrot named Lorita, provided constant amusement as did the sprays of flying fish that would spontaneously erupt from the sea, a couple even landing in the expedition frying pan. Thor emerged from the cabin and glanced at the sky. A few seagulls flying above caused a smile to break across his face. “Land is near, young man!” he confidently assured me. As the youngest member of the Kon-Tiki expedition, Thor made sure I was comfortable, informed and busy. “Climb the mast and give us a report”, he encouraged as he took over my position at the oar. I gingerly climbed up toward the crossbar and blocked the sun with my hand over my eyes. Scanning the horizon, I caught a glimpse of something curious: a thin line of green that broke the monotony of the seemingly endless sea. “Land ahead, Thor!” I yelled exuberantly, "Land Ho!” Terra firma at last and more importantly, a successful test of a radical idea.



“Donald!” called the female voice from nowhere. “Donald! Time for dinner!” At that moment, the illusion was shattered and the Kon-Tiki yet again reverted to a pile of crudely assembled lumber perched on a Southern California hillside, the ocean transforming into a sea of long green grass. Thor and the crew all vanished as the sun began to set behind the avocado groves as I answered my mother’s call to return to the house. It was a great voyage that would resume the next day and the day after it. It all started with a little paperback book placed in a child’s Christmas stocking: a paperback called “Kon-Tiki” selected by a Santa who resembled my father, a man who knew the sea having served as an officer on a battleship and captained his own sailboat. Why that book I can never answer; he had no doubt read it himself and thought it would be a fine treat for his bookish son. He was right. Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki lit in me the fire of adventure that has never been put out."

End of excerpt.


Those of us who knew Thor well quickly learned that he viewed every day as an exciting new adventure to be lived with a sense of joy, compassion and wonder. As before, let us raise a toast to our fine friend: "To a life well-lived!," and may he serve as a continued inspiration for many years to come!<<




 
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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2011-04-20 6:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-13 15:55, bigbrotiki wrote:
Love that photo! I have been into the "Forgotten Idol in the Jungle" concept ever since I discovered the drawings of Frederic Catherwood:



Forgotten idol in outer space jungle
AMAZING STORIES Jan 1992


 
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sharkbait
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Posted: 2011-04-26 06:27 am   Permalink

Construction of the raft is underway! A gallery of photos were posted on the movie's Facebook page today (they seem to be accessible for everyone - not just people registered on Facebook). Lots of bamboo...

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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-04-26 07:37 am   Permalink

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On 2011-04-13 06:02, MadDogMike wrote:
Thanks Sharkbait. The site is in Norsk, I hope the movie is in English

http://www.kontikifilmen.no







Nice image. From home of the Pineapple to the South Pacific!


 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2011-06-20 12:44 pm   Permalink

I don't know if this is the right place to post this, maybe it deserves it's own thread?
The article claims that Thor Heyerdahl's theory of South Americans in Polynesia was "partly right after all".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8582150/Kon-Tiki-explorer-was-partly-right-Polynesians-had-South-American-roots.html


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Club Nouméa
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Posted: 2011-06-20 6:52 pm   Permalink

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I never met the man, but I was gratified to hear that his assistant Donald Ryan showed him the BOT and he dug it. And Moritz got me this:






I completely missed this thread before - wow, what an autograph!

I did get to meet Thor Heyerdahl and shake his hand. He was the keynote speaker at a Pacific studies conference being held at my almer mater when I was finishing my doctoral thesis on the French Pacific. He was a lovely old guy - full of the joy of life. I don't remember much about his speech (which was a general summation of his life and work), apart from how he told us that some of the waves during the Kon-Tiki voyage were so high that the sharks were swimming ABOVE the Kon-Tiki.

CN


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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-06-21 07:18 am   Permalink

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On 2002-05-16 06:22, Trader Woody wrote:
It was announced at the Cannes Film festival that a new film about the Kon-Tiki voyage is to be made. Now, immediately the alarm-bells start ringing, as it's so soon after Thor Heyerdahl's death. Fortunately, it's being made by Jeremy Thomas, who made 'The Last Emperor', so it should be a damn fine film.
Also, Thor ok'ed the project before his death, actually signing every page of the script!

So, it looks like we could be in for quite a treat!

Trader Woody



Signing every page?
Very hands on.
He must have felt very gratified.

But, did he get the royalties?


 
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sharkbait
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Posted: 2011-06-26 08:35 am   Permalink

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On 2011-04-13 06:02, MadDogMike wrote:
Thanks Sharkbait. The site is in Norsk, I hope the movie is in English


It seems you'll get your wish! Shooting has just started in Malta, and the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten
reports today that they're shooting scenes simultanously for both a Norwegian and an international version of the movie, with the latter having all the dialog in English.


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sharkbait
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Posted: 2011-08-30 04:33 am   Permalink

The first teaser trailer is now available on Facebook. It's only in Norwegian, without subtitles, but here's a quick translation for the curious:

Thor Heyerdahl's voice:
"I would never do something for the sake of adventure, but I've had so many adventures that I wouldn't go out of my way to avoid it, should another one come my way."

Telegram text:
Expedition under preparation. Big thing.
Need 5 adventurous people. Revolutionary theory.
Will drift across the Pacific on 9 balsa logs.
Join me?
-Thor



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-11-27 09:27 am   Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPgmtarrYM

Two directors, interesting. Looks good. Wonder where the New York scenes got filmed, that language is all "Smoerrebroed Smoerrebroed!" to me :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te7SJz8q8c8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJZg5WT7EQ&feature=related

Gosh how I wish they would have hired me to shoot it!

And I want that script folder with the Kon-Tiki logo... I bet there will be some cool merchandise for the film.


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Haole Jim
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Posted: 2011-11-28 6:21 pm   Permalink

Makes one want to tune up the guitar and pick out "Kon-Tiki" as done by The Shadows!

 
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Potato.
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Posted: 2011-12-03 07:21 am   Permalink

As a fan of filmmaking and Kon Tiki I'm really looking forward to this, whatever incarnation it takes. I'm not afraid of subtitles. It looks like the directors know what they're doing, so we can only hope it turns out well.

 
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sharkbait
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Posted: 2011-12-21 07:50 am   Permalink

The first proper trailer is now online on Facebook (and here's an alternate link if you have an aversion to Facebook). This first trailer focuses on the people in the story, and not so much the raft itself. The plan is, from what I've heard, to focus on the raft in the second trailer, which will appear sometime next year.

@bigbrotiki: The New York scenes were shot in Sofia, Bulgaria.


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PockyTiki
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Posted: 2011-12-21 08:06 am   Permalink

Wait, did one of the guys work on the "Max Manus" film? I loved that movie!
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