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Los Angeles



Ethan Hawke


Joe Dante

Jason Presson

San Francisco

Academy Awards

Tom Sawyer

Industrial Light & Magic

Robert F. Boyle

Huckleberry Finn

Mike Meehan

Petaluma, California

San Rafael
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
Explorers Press Kit
Page Eight

Returning to earth sharing a common dream
which has propelled them on a fantastic galactic
adventure in their homemade spaceship, three
young explorers are persued by the sheriff's
aircraft in Paramount Pictures' new science
fantasy "Explorers."

Paramount Pictures Corporation



Movies, like life, are full of unsung heroes--particularly those invisible people who stand behind the camera. At the head of the line is production designer Robert F. Boyle who, at 72, is a distinguished veteran of more than 50 years in the motion picture business.

The four-time Academy Award nominee has brought his remarkable designing talents to bear once more for Paramount Pictures' new science fantasy "Explorers." Directed by Joe Dante, the film traces the story of three young boys who share a common dream and make an amazing discovery which propels them on a fantastic adventure.

"What first intrigued me about 'Explorers' was its sense of youthful imagination. It reminded me a little bit of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and all the other adventure stories I so enjoyed as a child," says Boyle.

"As with any movie, the script itself is always the blueprint--you start with the words and go from there. Because of one very important scene in our story, we needed to find a town with a hilltop that overlooked it. Also integrated into the script was a creek, which becomes the cord that ties the three boys together and serves as a passageway from one house to the other. The idea, of course, was to find a place that had both."

With the aid of location manager Mike Meehan, Boyle found the ideal spot in picturesque Petaluma, California, situated just 39 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County. Principal photography began in this generic all-American community on October 15, 1984 and continued on location there just long enough to complete the necessary exteriors. Additional blue screen shots were filmed on the sound stages of Industrial Light and Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., in neighboring San Rafael. Under Dante's direction production continued on Stages 8, 15, 16 and 32 at Paramount Studios and various Los Angeles area locales through February, 1985.

(Left to right) River Phoenix, the space alien
Neek, Jason Presson, Ethan Hawke and galactic
creature Wak stand on the landing bay of the
aliens' ship nervously awaiting the arrival
of the creatures' angry father in Paramount
Pictures' new science fantasy "Explorers."

"Somebody's calling us...."

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