Posted on Sunday, June 21st, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
While there’s a lot of love out there for Jurassic World, one can’t help but wish that the massive blockbuster sequel was a little more loyal to the original Jurassic Park by having more practical dinosaur effects.
Digital effects bring most of the dinosaurs to life in Jurassic World, but at least one pivotal scene made use of an impressive animatronic apatosaurus, for what is probably the most believable dinosaur sequence in the entire movie. And now you can find out how they brought the apatosaurus to life. Watch the Jurassic World apatosaurus featurette after the jump!
Here’s the video showing how Legacy Effects created the apatosaurus:
Combining state of the art technology and good old-fashioned sculpting and painting, Legacy Effects was able to build the convincing dinosaur for Jurassic World. And the practical creation of the apatosaurus really helped the audience latch onto it as a “real” creature. The fact that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were actually able to touch the dinosaur in front of them added a legitimacy to the scene that might otherwise not have worked with a digital dinosaur.
My favorite part of this featurette is when the crew at Legacy Effects talks about their initial build of the apatosaurus, and how Steven Spielberg told them that it needed to be much bigger. And so the team went back to work rescaling what they had done previously. Just goes to show you that as an executive producer, Spielberg had integral input on this sequel. (It was also his idea to add the hydraulic dropping crowd seats at the mosasaurus show.)
I must say, while it’s fantastic to see Legacy Effects put in this time of work to make a working apatosaurus animatronic for this one scene in the film, it feels like it’s not quite as impressive as the animatronic work that was done on the original Jurassic Park. The Tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptors and dilophosaurus did so much more in the original movie than the animatronic dinosaurs (there are some practical raptors in addition to the apatosaurus) of Jurassic World, and I wish that wasn’t the case.
Anyway, clearly audiences weren’t disappointed with how the dinosaurs turned out in Jurassic World, because the film is the king of the box office, and we’re undoubtedly going to be seeing more dinosaurs sometime in the next few years.
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