More than three years of thinking went into Jim’s vision for how to present the world of The Dark Crystal to movie audiences. It was an exciting moment when cameras finally began to roll, and Jim was well prepared. He started with some of the most complicated scenes, including the climactic encounter between Jen and Kira and the Skeksis in the Crystal Chamber. Working closely with the storyboard artist, Jim plotted out the action and on his own, sketched the placement for each of the nine Skeksis. With the paper plan in place, Jim yelled, “Action!” and the real fun began.
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.