On July 21st 2014, I was lucky to visit the New Orleans set of Jurassic World. (You can read a list of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set here.) While on set, we got the chance to have an extensive sit-down interview with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, which was conducted during the crew lunch break on a recreation of the famous visitors center from Jurassic Park. (A location which, in the film’s story, is now abandoned.) Producer Frank Marshall joined us late in the conversation.
Our conversation spanned a variety of topics, including the use of performance capture to create the dinosaurs in the new film, the idea of Weird Al having a song in the new film, bringing an independent style to the shoot, and the evolution of the Jurassic Park 4 script over the last ten years. We went into the reasons for the infamous production delay, input from Steven Spielberg, and what to expect from the new dino species.
There were fun details, too, like how a conversation with his son about Star Wars resulted in major change to the script, allegories to Black Fish and Sea World, the dinosaur stand-ins on set, and how Brad Bird not directing Star Wars resulted in Steven Spielberg finding Colin.
As I said before, the interview is extensive and so you’ll want to carve out some time to read this. Trust me, its good.
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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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Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park comes back to theaters on April 5 in 3D and IMAX. Even if you aren’t a fan of those formats, it’s a trip well worth taking simply because in the twenty years since its release, most of the times you’ve seen the film has been at home. Maybe you were even lucky enough to see it in a repertory theater but you haven’t seen it with a fully-functional, high-end sound system and projection since 1993. For that alone, Jurassic Park 3D is worth checking out. Spielberg’s movie works at any size, but it was meant to be seen big.
Watching the film again, you’ll marvel at how good the effects still look, even in the revealing 3D IMAX format. Part of that is the astonishing, Oscar-winning visual effects of Dennis Muren and the team at Industrial Light and Magic. It’s also because of the equally impressive way Spielberg blended those computer effects with practical effects done by Stan Winston and his team.
The Stan Winston School has been posting some great videos to YouTube recently and their latest takes us behind the scenes with the everyone’s favorite “veggiesaurus,” the Brachiosaur. Read More »
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 »
Those who have devoured special features on DVDs over the years may be familiar with most of what follows, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is never a bad time to take a moment to appreciate the details of a specific art form.
Creating animatronic models for special effects sequences in film is a very specific art form, and arguably no one was better at it than the late Stan Winston. His studio is now associated with an online school that provides effects tutorial videos, and that school has posted a collection of old animatronic effects tests on YouTube.
Sadly, these test clips won’t actually show you the nuts and bolts of how, say, a velociraptor model is made and controlled. But there is still a revelation in seeing these models removed from the context of the films in which we first saw them. The stark background of a studio or warehouse only enhances the artistry involved in bringing the models to life. Read More »
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You probably know Jeff Bridges as an actor, but many people don’t know that he also dabbles in photography as a hobby. Bridges recently updated his online photo book with his behind the scenes Iron Man photos. There are lots of great stuff including a look inside Stan Winston studios, photos from early production meetings, a wardrobe test, and various sets from the film.
Check out the full album on JeffBridges.com. Thanks to Mr Babyman for the tip.
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