Welcome to Jurassic Park’s (Backstory)

From its release date in 1993 to now, Jurassic Park has grossed over one billion dollars in box office sales. While an audience simply enjoys the spectacle of a finished movie—the journey and complexities behind the large canvas of moving pictures often goes unnoticed. From a boy chasing his childhood dreams to a paramount piece of cinema that forever altered the dynamics of digital imaging—Jurassic Park epitomizes itself as a timeless piece of theatre.


Title: Welcome to Jurassic Park: An oral history

Publisher: Entertainment Weekly

Published: April 04, 2013

Featuring: Steven Spielberg (Director), Kathleen Kennedy (Producer), DENNIS MUREN (Full-motion dinosaurs), PHIL TIPPETT (Dinosaur supervisor)

Abstract: What would happen if every child manifested their boyhood fascinations? Well, according to Steven Spielberg it would result in the creation of Jurassic Park. The famous director claims that while he has always had a fascination with dinosaurs, his idea to manifest these creatures onto the big screen never came into fruition until the publication of Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park. While shooting a film consisting of box office stars such as Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, or Tom hanks can technically sell itself—Spielberg had much more daunting task on his plate—turning pre-historic dinosaurs into big screen stars each with their own unique set of characteristics and personalities. From handpicking the leading innovators of puppeteering and digital imaging, locking down a perfect cast of actors, and fighting on-set hurricanes, Jurassic Park shattered expectations in all the faucets of cinema– opening doors for many of the films we enjoy today. So the next time you’re sitting down in a cool and dimly lit theatre, perhaps watching Jurassic World, make sure you have read this article so that you have a better understanding of how the story of creating Jurassic Park has altered cinema into what we watch today.


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