Colin Trevorrow‘s dino sequel will boast more practical dinos than the last two Jurassic outings
Steven Spielberg captured lightning in a bottle when he brought his vision of Jurassic Park to the screen. Not only did he deliver the mother of all dinosaur movies, but he did so using the perfect amalgamation of both practical and digital effects. In the years that followed, the Jurassic World franchise has utilized more digital effects than ever before – but all that is about to change.
In a recent interview with Collider, Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow dropped a few tidbits about the direction of his upcoming sequel and elaborated on the caliber of the practical effects being bought to the table. Check it out:
“We’ve actually gone more practical with every Jurassic movie we’ve made since the first one, and we’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two. And the thing that I’ve found, especially in working in the past couple months, is that we finally reached a point where it’s possible to… digital extensions on animatronics will be able to match the texture and the level of fidelity that, on film, an animatronic is going to be able to bring. And you didn’t use to be able to really mix them. You could really see the seams. And so that part of it is very exciting for me”
Trevorrow continued by elaborating on following in the footsteps of his predecessor, J.A Bayona, and building upon what his team bought to the table in FK.
“[Bayona] found the value in creating really photo-real, just beautiful lighting references that could be articulated just slightly. Just a head and a jaw that could move, but painted beautifully, hand-painted. And we do it for all of the dinosaurs now, so when we put it into a space, you can see how the light reacts to the skin. And even if they ultimately do make that a digital animal, there was always something there reacting to the light in that environment … just puppetry in general, just really simple puppetry is proving to be amazing.”
Being one of the fans who found Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to be a massive let down, I welcome the return to a more practical approach in Dominion. Speilberg found the perfect balance in 1993, and the prospect of Colin Trevorrow reviving those traditional techniques is a tantalizing one. Call me old fashioned, but I’d much rather see some lovingly crafted practical dinos used to their full potential before the beautifully rendered CGI versions take over for the more robust sequences. J.A Bayona utilized this technique to great effect in Fallen Kingdom, but with Trevorrow behind the wheel, Jurassic fans could be in for a truly stellar Jurassic Park sequel. And that is damn exciting!
Jurassic World: Dominion is set to stomp into multiplexes on June 11, 2021 (we hope).
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