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Old 04-08-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Behind the Scenes of Jurassic Park's T-Rex

Stan Winston's youtube channel just posted these behind the scenes videos of the development that went into T-Rex from Jurassic Park. Interesting stuff:

/edit: Not sure why the embed code is not working properly. I must have a typo somewhere.

Part 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SK1qTnhHzI

Part 2
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoswY2-1AbM

Part 3
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZtJVh3nUyU


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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I can't believe they got that much articulation out of animatronics. Guess there's one studio that's not going out of business--no one else can do what they do.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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dream + dedication = Stan Winston = trex
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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Some of the greatest and most inspiring special effects work ever created.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing these! awesome
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting these videos, i really love the JP movies
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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Interesting to see. At the time in making of shows there wasnt a huge amount of footage of the mechanical T-rex behind the scenes.
Funny that they said the same thing about seeing the armature with no skin on it as they said about seeing the cgi dinosaurs for the first time without skin.

Come to think of it-after Jurassic Park 3 finished filming with the mechanical versions Winston said they had the mechanical spinosaurus and the t-rex fight each other and the former ripped the head off the mechanical t-rex.
I'd like to see that footage.
 
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Does anyone know what happened to these? Are they in a museum somewhere? Prop storage?

These are amazing works of art imho.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Does anyone know what happened to these? Are they in a museum somewhere? Prop storage?

These are amazing works of art imho.


Just saw a reply to this question from the Stan Winston youtube account:

"sad to say, the dinosaur puppets from JP were built to be realistic but not to last. The foam rubber skins, specifically, deteriorate markedly over time. However, many of the puppets, in whatever state they're in, have found their ways to museums around the world for JP fans to enjoy. -Maggie"
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A nice article about the Stereo3D conversion of JP on Creative Cow:

http://magazine.creativecow.net/art...-modern-classic

I saw the 3D release at Imax on the weekend and it was great. I was 4 when the movie came out, finally seeing it in cinemas was like seeing the film for the first time!

The stereo3D conversion was pretty impressive. The (many) scenes in the thick foliage were most insane - all trees, leaves and shrubs all layered in 3D...that must have been nuts to do!

The scene late in the movie where Lex nearly falls out of the vent and the Velociraptor jumps right at the screen, missing her leg by inches, was the best in S3D, really effective.

The final credits rolled, but no mention of the many people that did the 3D conversion. Then, after the Amblin logo, up faded a single title card with about 800 peoples names on it! It was on screen for about 2 seconds.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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The final credits rolled, but no mention of the many people that did the 3D conversion. Then, after the Amblin logo, up faded a single title card with about 800 peoples names on it! It was on screen for about 2 seconds.


Aspiring artists should keep this in mind when they hear that all-too-common phrase "We can't pay you much, but you'll get a screen credit." Go ahead and pay your bills with that!
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #12
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Loved this-- The mechanical creature effects coelescing with the cg. I hope CG never overshadows the physicality of mechanical creature effects. They work better that way.

From an animator's POV: That hydrolic plate system they used was a great reminder to never overlook a character rig's main pivot joint/ parented body_j - to always incorporate a subtle sway and translation.
 
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This never gets old. Amazing work.
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This just goes to show what old school craftsman can do. Like the response speed they required, several said no way, the set guys came up with it and got it done, impressing the naysayers.

Think back to Star Wars; no, not the generic term for the series, I mean Star Wars, a long time ago, before it was called A New Hope. The attack on the death star wasn't CG, it was a set piece and "computer" controlled camera. Again, artist and craftsman doing what hadn't been done before, this is becoming a lost art. Yeah, I am one of those old school stick and rudder guys.
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