The Visual Effects of 'Jurassic Park' & How They Changed the Movies

June 9, 2014
Source: The Academy

Jurassic Park

Not too long ago, we featured a cool original short from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following around comedian and cinephile Patton Oswalt as he picked a film from their archives to privately screen at The New Beverly. Now The Academy Originals are back with a cool new short that focuses on "Moments That Changed the Movies," and this particular installment focuses on the visual effects of Jurassic Park that were used to bring dinosaurs back to life. After 20 years, these are still some of the most impressive and convincing effects ever seen, and this short shows how they changed movies forever.

Here's Moments That Changed The Movies: Jurassic Park from The Academy:

It's so cool to hear about the moment that producers like Kathleen Kennedy and creature and make-up effects designer Stan Winston saw what visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren witnessed that first digital effects test of the Tyrannosaurs Rex walking through an open landscape. Plus, it's awesome to actually see that test footage along with some other retro behind-the-scenes footage. Jurassic Park was absolutely a game changer when it comes to summer blockbusters and also how the movies take us to worlds we've never seen with creatures and characters we've never seen in such an unprecedented way. Awesome?

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yes awesome....

Avi on Jun 9, 2014


Damn, amazing and educational. What a story.

Snowmanfloza on Jun 9, 2014


This really, truly was groundbreaking work.

DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2014


One of the reasons I feel the JP1's CG dinos were better than the dinos in JP2 kind of (definitely in JP3) was the color. JP1's dinos were more base colors...browns, grays, or darker toned light colors (like with the Dilophosaurus). And JP2 kept with that motion adding some spots and stripes to some of their dinos. But with JP3 we started seeing colorful dinos (especially if you look at the brachiosaurus's in JP1 vs JP3) which really bugged me! So I hope, in Jurassic World, they learn from this and to add the suspense, don't make colorful dinos (or dinos with feathers...f***ing hate that) and go with the traditional colors of JP1.

JBrotsis on Jun 9, 2014


Dinosaurs were actually probably very colorful in real life

Daniel_Plainview_Milkshake on Jun 9, 2014


As evidence of feathered dinosaurs grows, I always thought it would be funny to see a few species of them in a JP movie. It's pretty dramatic to have someone's head bitten off by a T-Rex, but there's something a lot less cinematic about a raptor attack when they're covered in cute, fluffy down.

Wafffles on Jun 10, 2014


How about make a movie about this story????

Guillaume Gauthier on Jun 10, 2014

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