Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 08 October 2015 at 02:46PM - 5 Comments
While I was in London I went into The Cinema Store to have a look at what Jurassic items they had on offer. The shop is great and is filled with old and new merchandise and books from films and tv shows, but I was stunned to find that there were no Jurassic World books, collectibles, or anything related to the franchise in the slightest. I was able to find a Jurassic World UK Quad poster, but that was it.
However, while I was scanning the book section, I noticed our friend the Indominus Rex on the front of the latest issue of Cinefex magazine, which focuses on the Visual Effects work in movies. Naturally I purchased it and then realised it's filled with a thorough behind the scenes look at the post-production work on the film, and features interviews with visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander, animation supervisor Glen McIntosh, model supervisor Geoff Campbell and many more! They also spoke with Legacy Effects artist Ian Joyner about the collaboration between themselves and ILM.
The entire article details the process that director Colin Trevorrow and his crew made to keep the dinosaurs as animal as possible and as accurate to what was portrayed in the first film. Notably, the team at ILM were unable to re-use the original CG models of the dinosaurs, but they certainly used them for reference, as Tim Alexander explains below:
"A lot of the designers are straight out of Jurassic Park. We actually restored the models from all three Jurassic Park movies. We couldn't use those outdated models, of course, but we studied them for reference." In studying the original models, the ILM team was surprised to discover some inconsistencies - most notably, significant discrepancies between the animatronic T-rex built by Stan Winston Studio and ILM's digital T-rex. "A lot of the differences were just due to the way things were modelled at the time, versus how much more exact we can be with our CG modelling now."
"In December 2013, Phil went down to L.A. to meet with Colin, producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, and key people from ILM. They wanted him involved in some way, although the exact role he would plau was to be determined. Mainly, the director wanted Phil's experience and eye on the dinosaur animation, most particularly, the raptors. Phil proposed that Tippett Studio do previs for two of the big raptor scenes - the 'raptor arena' and 'raptor betrayal' sequences - and two of our animation leads, Chuck Duke and Tom Gibbons, jumped onto that."
Jurassic World had some incredible full scale sets built for the production in New Orleans, by the fantastic production designer Ed Verreaux and his crew. For wider shots however, ILM created an entirely digital theme park, as Tim Alexander explains: "We had so many big shots showing the whole park that we built it as a full, live asset that we could re-light as needed. It was good for layout, as well. When we showed Colin shots, we could sit with him and changed how big specific buildings or other features should be in the shot, or where they should be positioned."
The Gyrosphere sequences were lead by ILM Singapore's Tony Plett, and incorporated live-action footage of actors inside the gyrosphere rig and then blended with CG depending on the shot. "In post, visual effects artists replaced the glass of the practical gyrosphere - which reflected crew members and camera equipment in most shots - with a digital enclosure that reflected the environment."
The magazine goes on to detail more the visual effects work and how it was blended to work with the practical sets, including the holograms in the Innovation Center, the monorail shots, and the Petting Zoo scenes which were filmed at the Honolulu Zoo. "We redressed the elephant paddock there, and put saddles on large performers dressed in gray suits so we could shoot kids riding baby dinosaurs."
It's known that there were not many animatronics used in Jurassic World at all, and in fact some models built by Legacy Effects were only used as a reference, but the one in-camera mechanical dinosaur that was used was the dying Apatosaurus. "It was about 10 feet long, and we threw everything into it, mechanically - cable controls, breathing bladders, and radio control eyes, nostrils and tongue, all supervised by mechanical leads Rich Haugen and Kan Ikeuchi."
The ILM team refer to the Indominus Rex as the D-Rex, which shows that at one point during the production, the original name was the Diabolus Rex.
The magazine is filled with a really in-depth look at the post-production of the movie and provides such a great insight into the collaboration between Legacy Effects and Industrial Light & Magic. I have included some of the photographs that are in the book but there are plenty more. If you're a fan, then you should really try to get hold of the Cinefex magazine.
What did you think of the visual effects in Jurassic World? Were you hoping to see more animatronic dinosaurs? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to follow our Twitter for round the clock news and updates! And if you do pick up this magazine, let us know what you thought!
Awesome 360° Video of Chris Pratt's Motorcycle Ride!
Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 08 October 2015 at 12:52PM - 0 Comments
If you've subscribed to the RaptorPass then this email will hit your inbox shortly, inviting you to take a look at an interactive video of Owen Grady's motorcycle ride!
As a RaptorPass member, you already know that Jurassic World is the greatest Theme Park on Earth. Now, when you can't be there in person, an interactive 360° video is the next best thing.
The video shows a 360° view of the film crew shooting the scene where Owen follows the Mobile Veterinary Unit, and allows you to pan from the angle on Chris Pratt, all the way around to the film crew themselves where you can see Colin Trevorrow, John Schwartzman, and a handful of other crew members.
It's a cool video and gives us a great behind the scenes look at the film! Check it out below:
A New Jurassic Park Ride is Opening at Universal Studios Japan!
Posted by Jack DLM - Sunday 04 October 2015 at 11:55PM - 3 Comments
Universal Studios Japan have announced a brand new attraction coming to their park in 2016 called Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur! Click the preview below to see the full image!
Not much is known about the attraction, other than it seems very similar to Universal Orlando's Pteranodon Flyers at Islands of Adventure. Below is the description from the official website (beware for a bad Google Translate...)
Since opening in 2001, it has been popular from the guest around the world, "Jurassic Park". Actually Within the site, to eliminate human management to the limit, the area that Pteranodon of wild living was secretly exist. "Jurassic Park" development team, to make the dream of attraction to fly with them, have been over many years research. And finally, to discipline the Pteranodon wild, it succeeded in to fly in a stable state. However, it said that well-trained, they are wild dinosaur. During the flight, it's careful because say suddenly sometimes you lose control ....
We're not sure on the exact date that the attraction will open, but we'll be sure to keep you up to date on all the specifics! It's surprising that there hasn't been an announcement for a Jurassic World expansion at one of the parks yet! What would you like to see in a Jurassic World attraction?
Source: Universal Studios Japan
Jurassic World officially releases on Digital HD!
Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 01 October 2015 at 11:03AM - 8 Comments
If you're not based in the UK, then Jurassic World has officially released on Digital HD! This means that you can now purchase the film on iTunes and other digital outlets!
It has been a while since many of us have seen the film which means this Digital HD release couldn't have come soon enough! Will you be buying Jurassic World on Digital HD? Or will you be waiting for the physical Blu-Ray, which launches on October 20th?
Jurassic World is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time, sitting at $1,662,897,055 worldwide box office, just behind Avatar and Titanic. That's pretty impressive for a sequel, let alone a sequel for a franchise that's been dormant since 2001.
The film holds a 7.2 rating on IMDb and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Let us know if you'll be buying the film in digital HD in the comments section below! In case you were wondering, it will be available on October 5th in the UK.