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Monday, November 5, 2012

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Maquette of the raptor suit.
  • Stan Winston School of Character Arts
  • Maquette of the raptor suit.
You may already know that the velociraptors in Jurassic Park were dudes in suits, but here is a brand new video about the creation of the velociraptors, narrated by Stan Winston Studio supervisor John Rosengrant who operated one of the suits. (Another of the raptors was Mark "Crash" McCreery, a concept and special effects artist on Jurassic Park and many other films.)

The video is short, just over four minutes, well worth your time, but the link also has stills showing the process. It's just fantastic to watch as they perfected the suit and the movements to make the creatures so believable. The thing that continues to astonish me is that while Jurassic Park is almost 20 years old the special effects largely stand the test of time. (Which, in my opinion, is partly due to the practical effects... digital effects can age poorly in a way that practical effects often do not.)

There is also footage of special effects superstar Stan Winston clowning around with the raptors. You are missed, Stan.


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Pope Peabrain 1
Remarkable! So transformational and realistic. It's easy to forget it has a human inside. Does this mean we're getting another dinosaur movie soon? Please say yes!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 2
dudes in suites? like, hotel suites?
Posted by scary tyler moore on November 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
They were fashionably appointed suites.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
Mary P. Traverse 4
@2 typo fixed! D'oh!!!!
Posted by Mary P. Traverse on November 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Where are the feathers?
Posted by Dr.Duck on November 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Were they actually naked inside the dinosaur costumes?
Posted by TJ on November 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 7
I assumed that was all CGI. Unbelievable transformation.
Posted by Free Lunch on November 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM · Report this
Simone 8
It was fun to watch.
Posted by Simone on November 5, 2012 at 11:06 PM · Report this

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