Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I’ve spoken at length about how Jurassic Park assaulted the 12 year old me when I saw it opening weekend so I won’t go on too much about it, but I will say assaulted is a highly accurate word. I felt dazed after seeing the movie, maybe even a little high. You all know that feeling I’m talking about, the natural high a great movie can bring out in you.
Jurassic Park hit me at just the right age and has some of Spielberg’s most masterful set pieces, most notably the T-Rex attack scene. Watching the movie again last night at the Alamo Drafthouse (with the great Phil Tippett in attendance, no less) only affirmed just how amazing that sequence is, even 18 years later. The animation on that Rex, the combination of digital and practical dinosaurs, still blows my mind. There’s a shot of the T-Rex chasing down Ian Malcolm after he lights his flare that I genuinely believe is real. My sane mind knows better, but goddamnit when I saw it last night the only thing my mind could tell me was that Jeff Goldblum was being chased by a T-Rex… not a digital creature, not a puppet… but a fuckin’ Tyrannosaurus Rex.
I sadly have a shortage of great Jurassic Park behind the scenes images (I will hopefully fix this in the very near future as I stumbled across a very tiny, but sweet image of them filming the Rex with its foot on the car atop the screaming kids and have made it my mission to find that image in high quality), but I did dig this shot of Steven Spielberg and Sam Neill talking on the set. It looks to be the moments around Grant seeing the Brachiosaurus for the first time.
It’s not as exciting as an effects image, but I’ll make up for that if I can track down that above-mentioned awesome image. Click to embiggen!
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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic returns to some familiar territory.