Jurassic Park T-Rex Scene

This year Jurassic World made a huge splash at the box office, proving the dinosaurs and nostalgia make a pretty lethal combination, even if the movie in question could have benefited from a little more innovation and a little less tribute. And even though the film’s opening weekend box office records were just broken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s still a sequel on the way in 2018, and we’ll see if audiences are still in the mood for more blockbuster dinosaur action.

In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the modern classic that started it all with a video essay that dives into the perfectly crafted T-Rex attack from Jurassic Park.

The above video essay examining the Jurassic Park T-Rex scene from Jonathan Foster frames the analysis of the scene using this quote from director Steven Soderbergh:

I was studying the work of certain directors that I felt knew how to lay things out. I was watching Fincher. I was watching McTiernan. And I was watching Spielberg stuff. Those three guys, when they’re shooting physical sequences, are just impossible to beat. Their gift for creating chronological imagery is really pronounced.

I was trying to study the cutting patterns, and the composition, and the movement. And I realized, when these guys get into an action sequence, they never repeat a shot. Yet, no matter how fast they cut, you always know where you are. The geography is always clear. You’re never confused.

Indeed, you can see that technique of Spielberg working extremely well in this scene, and that’s one of the reasons it’s one of the most iconic scenes on film. Plus, that T-Rex is just infinitely better than the Indominus Rex.

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