‘Jurassic Park:’ The Evolution of a Raptor Suit

Jurassic Park Raptor Suit

Stan Winston School has released a video showing how the Raptor suits were developed and created for Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park. While the movie will be remembered for its innovation and inclusion of computer generated visual effects, only 4 minutes of the 14 minutes of the film featuring dinosaurs were entirely created using CG.

The rest was a mix of animatronics and “man in suit” puppets. Notably, the raptors were created using a man in a suit puppeteering the head. All of the tests were videotaped and have been compiled into this video showing how the raptor effect evolved before making it into the final film. Hit the jump to see Stan Winston’s Jurassic Park raptor suit evolution video, narrated by John Rosengrant, which reveals the magic behind this amazing practical effect.

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Though Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park is well-known for its advancements in computer graphics, legendary creature creator Stan Winston had plenty of work to do, too. He created numerous dinosaurs for the film including the all-important Velociraptor, the main antagonist of the movie. Several of the bird-like carnivores were rendered in a computer but Winston and his team also created suits that humans could comfortably wear and maneuver while still looking like a raptor.

Stan Winston Studios supervisor John Rosengrant was the main man inside the suits and recently posted a video showing how he, Winston and his team went from crude models all the way through the final filming. You can check it out below along with a few images too. Read More »