The final months of 1982 were filled with activities meant to promote The Dark Crystal which would open in theaters around the country on December 17th. But along with making presentations at science fiction conventions, opening exhibits, and shooting a documentary, Jim had to finish the film over ten days that September, putting the final touches on the complicated sound. The shooting had ended almost a year before, and Jim started 1982 overseeing the recording of Trevor Jones’s score, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, dubbing sound in February, and tweaking changes after test screenings in March. By July, the film was close to what Jim wanted and his work that September marked the film’s completion. For an interview before the premiere, Jim was asked about his guilty pleasures. Jim was most interested in talking about his pleasures rather than his guilt: “I really love working in films. Since I’ve now completed only my third film, I’m just starting to learn what I’m doing in this medium. The previous twenty-five years or so, I spent working in television which, incidentally, I also love. But films have to be one of the supreme art forms, and directing has to be one of the greatest platforms from which an artist can work.”
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.