Hip hip hooray – cinemas reopened on 13th July, and everyone is happier than ever to once again watch their favourite celebrities on the huge screen, share the laughter (or even screams) with the crowd, or just…relax.
For fans of the live-action Jurassic Park series, we’ve got good news. It seems like the production of Jurassic World: Dominion has resumed once again and will be released in 2021.
Still, if the inner dino-fan in you can’t wait any longer – an animated feature of the franchise will be released on Netflix in the meantime. Let’s find out more!
Netflix’s all-new animated Jurassic Park addition to the family
Set on the familiar Isla Nublar, Netflix’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous exists in the same universe as the 2015 Jurassic World.
Produced by Jurassic World’s (2015) Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg, and two-time series director Colin Trevorrow, this series aims to keep viewers entertained until Jurassic World: Dominion drops.
Sad to say, we won’t be seeing an animated Chris Patt alongside his Velociraptor sidekick, Blue. Instead, we’ll be embarking on an adventure with six teenagers, voiced by You actress Jenna Ortega, Westworld’s Paul-Mikél Williams, Titans star Ryan Potter, Austin & Ally’s Raini Rodiguez, The Goldberg’s actor Sean Giambrone, and What Men Want’s Kausar Mohammed – including Scream Queens actor Glen Powell, and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil.
It’s an eight-part series that follows the story of these six teenagers who are stranded at an adventure camp which sits just right opposite of Isla Nubar, where the stampeding and ravenous beasts are let loose across the island. Without any way to contact the outside world, they’ll have to count on each other if they’re going to survive.
DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment will be working together on this film, which is set to be released on Netflix on September 18 this year. While we wait in anticipation in our humble abodes, you can get a glimpse of the film here first:
Dinosaurs VFX in Jurassic Park
Forget Jaws (1975), motion specialist Phil Tippet was looking for a more realistic touch – not B-movie creatures. So, he came up with his plan: the creation of small puppets that would be augmented by Stan Winston Studio’s animatronics, while ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) would bring the work to life, churning out the end-product through compositing, augmenting the motion blur, and a sprinkle of digital wizardry.
The mechanical models took almost 4 months to construct, using valves where 60 gallons of fluid per minute were forced, so the skin could have an illusion of motion; where each one possibly weighed up to 13,000 pounds.
Steven Spielberg, the director for the critically and commercially successfully Jurassic Park (1993), insisted on recreating the dinosaurs in a historically accurate manner; hence, he roped in palaeontologist Jack Horner to consult on dinosaur behaviour. Meanwhile, Tippett was also creating storyboards that were in clay movies, not drawings, so he could accurately capture the motion of the animals that would be the true stars.
And thanks to Horner, Spielberg corrected the pre-historic animal’s movement as reptilian as Horner insisted that the creature was a lot more birdlike. ILM then stepped in to put their brand new Apple computer-driven system of microprocessors to good use and brought Winston’s models into existence.
However, times have changed and with the power of technology – from the cutting-edge VFX up to motion graphics – the next few films of the Jurassic Park franchise were created differently.
Unlike Jurassic Park’s (1993) Rexy, the VFX was done a little differently; it focused more on CG rather than perfecting the puppet-making. Animatronics were created with digital blueprints to print out 3D components.
Moreover, the 20 years of research and development combined allowed the skin and muscle movement of the dinosaurs to be a lot more advanced compared to previous films. In Jurassic World itself, a newly invented muscle firing system was used to fire and squeeze the muscles at the right places.
Now, let us zoom into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, where each one of the film’s animatronic and CG dinosaurs – 21 species, even the seven new creatures – got a fresh look. From studying dinosaur fossils to living and breathing animals of the current century, the team was able to create their dinosaurs. For instance, the Baryonyx, a theropod which was said to possess aquatic characteristics, was inspired by alligators and crocodiles, while its feet were closely resembled those of flightless birds like emus and ostriches.
As such, the audience was more likely to “accept” whichever creatures that appeared on the screen, as our brains are seeing details that we’re familiar.
In the same film, we also saw Blue, Owen Grady’s (Chris Patt) favourite Velociraptor tear up while she’s strapped to a medical table as she’s being treated for her injuries. As this was a very human action, the team didn’t just have to set up the scene in terms of the emotion aspect; but physically as well.
So, Image Engine, one of the visual effects and studios in charge of making the film, made the tear line “alive” and “wet”. Maybe you caught that tear; maybe you didn’t; either way, the extremely-subtle work had us feeling Blue’s pain at that moment.
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