Re: Whip Cracking

[ Reply ] [ The Indyfan Forum ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by Max Schulte from on May 17, 1998 at 22:29:55:

In Reply to: Whip Cracking posted by Dan Borton on May 17, 1998 at 21:46:50:

: Max, About the whip holster, After taking comparative measurements with the whip, bag, and strap, ect from photos, we came up with it being around 3/4 inches wide, brown to dark brown cowhide. The belt loop is about two inches and the strap is 6 inches. Like the jacket it looks like it was weathered. While it may not be exact, hopefully its going to be the closest thing next to the ones in the film. I will let you know how it turns out. Mark Allen also sells a variety of whip holsters, including one similar to that used in the Indy movies. Its one of the Items he carries, that is not listed in his Catalog. I have not seen it, so I can't comment on how it looks.

: Regarding your questions on Whip cracking. Many of the common cracks involve motions similar to casting a fishing line or throwing a ball. The first crack Young Indy does when he "cuts" his chin is actually a variation of an overhead crack. Normally its done by swinging the whip out circling it over head then reversing the direction. For the movie stunt they brought the whip up, but instead of circling it, they reverse the direction which causes the whip to cut back down at more of an angle.

: Another technique is used for the next few stunt cracks young Indy performs. Its not a forward crack, although you might be able to consider it a variation on the forward crack. Be warned thought, It is not recommended that you crack a whip that way. Because of the underhand arm motion involved, the whip flies back up and cracks towards your face. It makes it really easy to hurt your self. Many first time whip crackers make this mistake, because its an easy crack to do and its fairly loud.

: After you have learned all the basic cracks you can, put them together into a spectacular performance like the one Harrison Ford used in the whip fight at the market place in Raiders. Not only does he use a forward crack, but several other techniques as well. Hope this helps

: Dan

Thank you, Dan, this helps me a lot. I was wondering a long time why
this crack yound Indy does isn't featured in the Bullwhip FAQ. In
addition to that it looked quite simply as you already said.
Maybe they did neither make a clear overhead nor a forward crack
becuase it would not have been possible to do this cracks in such a
restricted space (Guess you'll need a lot of space especially for the
overhead with a 10ft. whip). In addition to that it would have been
unrealistic young Indy doing this difficult cracks.
Anyway, I'll have a closer look at the market place fight scenes again
in order to the the cracks again...


Follow Ups:

Post a Followup:



Link URL:   
Link Title: 
Image URL:  

[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ The Indyfan Forum ] [ FAQ ]