Every so often a movie comes along that genuinely re-writes the script for filmmaking. Jurassic Park was a prime example, creating photo-real dinosaurs that really looked like they were living and breathing. It was a huge moment for cg, proving what could be done and setting an incredibly high benchmark for creature design and visual effects work.
However, it was originally intended to be very different. The plan from the start had been to do stop-motion dinosaurs, which, looking back, when you see what was achieved with the digital dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, sounds absolute madness. But, back in 1993, no one really knew the full possibilities of cg on creature design and animation, and even those working on the initial cg dinosaur sequences and walk patterns were completely taken aback when the fully rendered cg dinosaur was put into an environment and truly came to life.
It’s one of many awe-inspiring moments captured by Academy Originals, which has created a 9m mini-doc* about the groundbreaking decision to create digital dinosaurs for Jurassic Park and how this decision completely changed the future of filmmaking. Watch it below.
* Apologies if you’ve seen this already – it’s been around since early June, but I only stumbled across it today, hence the blog!
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