‘Jurassic Park’ Five Film Facts: Are Those Raptors or Guys in Monster Suits?
Universal Pictures' 'Jurassic Park'
1993 was a banner year in pop culture: "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" first powered up, Prince became the artist formerly known as Prince, and most important, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" brought dinosaurs -- along with millions of childhood fantasies -- to life, right before our awestruck eyes.
Now, 20 years later, Spielberg's looking to make our jaws drop even farther by giving the highest-grossing creature feature ever a dino-sized extra dimension; call it "Jurassic Park of the 3D Kind," if you like. You probably know a heck of a lot more about dinosaurs thanks to "JP," but here are five film facts you may not know but definitely should.
1. In and around the filmmaking community, it's widely accepted that "Jurassic Park" was a game changer, particularly in the world of computer-generated imagery (CGI). "It changed special effects forever," Spielberg recently told Entertainment Weekly, "and for better or for worse, it really did introduce the digital era." However, part of the reason why the digital enhancement works so magically is that Spielberg used it sparingly and in support of practical effects.
For example, four-time Oscar-winning creature master Stan Winston designed a 20-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex, which was used in conjunction with miniatures and CGI. And for the iconic kitchen scene, the imagery of two hungry velociraptors was mostly created by using two full-size puppet suits run by humans inside! In the video above, from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, you can see how much effort goes into not just designing and making the suits but also what it takes to "drive" a raptor.
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