Jurassic Park VFX Supervisor Explains Why The Film Was The “Perfect Film” To Revolutionize Visual Effects

1993 jurassic park not only launched a popular franchise that recently marked the end of an era with Jurassic World Dominion. It was also a groundbreaking film for visual effects, with computer-generated imagery combined with animatronics, stop motion, and other hands-on effects to bring these dinosaurs to life. As we approach the 30th anniversary of jurassic parkVisual effects supervisor Dennis Muren told CinemaBlend why this high-ranking entry to Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies list was the “perfect movie” to revolutionize visual effects for the mainstream.

Dennis Muren is among many interviewed in the six-part docuseries directed by Lawrence Kasdan Light & Magic, which explores the history of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and the impact of the Lucasfilm division on entertainment. Related to the docuseries becoming available to stream for Disney+ subscribers, I chatted with Muren, as well as Phil Tippett, who created the go movement for jurassic park‘s dinosaurs as the production’s “dinosaur supervisor”. When I asked Muren what it was like to be at the crossroads of jurassic park being such a significant turning point for the film industry in regards to the relationship between visual effects and special/practical effects, he noted that even though he saw the years 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (which he also worked on) as being a bigger deal, he understands why jurassic park specifically taken with a lot of people. In his words:

This is everyone’s point of view. My take was that the break was… there was a whole period where it happened that the groundbreaking movie was really Terminator 2 for me because it set everything up. But the topic wasn’t something that attracted a lot of people and it didn’t come across as much of an effect as a dinosaur. So I was as surprised as anyone, or probably more people, that seeing the most beautiful photographic and moving dinosaurs you’ve ever seen was going to knock people out so much. A lot of the credit goes to ILM and our ability to pull it off, and Phil and everybody worked on it, but a lot of it goes to Steven who made a perfect movie for it. When they get out of the Jeep in the early Jurassic [Park] and they walk up and, and he says, ‘Look at that, it’s a dinosaur’ or something, that’s exactly the feeling of the audience. And I had more people commenting on this shot as knocking them out than probably on any shot I’ve worked on. And Steven brought the audience with them through this whole intro because they talked about it for about 15 minutes, right? And here it is, and it delivers. It’s amazing, and I never see this stuff happening because there’s too much of it.

There is no doubt that Terminator 2 was a groundbreaking film for CGI, particularly through the T-1000 played by Robert Patrick and its liquid metal shapeshifting abilities. Although it’s worth noting that one of T2 the sound effects associated with this character are only 75 cents). But as long as jurassic park going, Dennis Muren was surprised at how much the movie’s dinosaurs wowed audiences, which stemmed from a combination of not only what he and his ILM colleagues pulled off, but also the director’s vision. Steven Spielberg and the good emotion to live with the dazzle of technology. The moment Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm first see dinosaurs on John Hammond’s Island is certainly one of jurassic park‘s most memorable scenes, so much so that people still talk about it in Muren.

After Dennis Muren finished speaking, Phil Tippett echoed his feelings about jurassic park and also recalled when he got to see an early cut of that specific scene with Steven Spielberg and others, saying:

It was really impressive, and after we shot all the backing plates, we went to Amblin to have Steven talk to us about the edit, and he had the Saint Crispin’s Day music, was it Henry V or something , was not so emotionally removed from what John Williams ended up with. When we finished watching that first scene with the brachiosaurus, I said to Steven, ‘You crazy bastard, you did it.’ And then everyone in the room was like, ‘He treated Bastard Steve!’ And Steven responds, “No, it’s a line from the movie.”

At that time, Phil Tippett channeled Ian Malcolm to express his admiration for what had been accomplished, and I imagine a few moviegoers might have said those same words (which were actually “the crazy son of a bitch”) when they saw jurassic park for the first time. Michael Crichton’s original novel was popular, sure, but the jurassic park The film was a global phenomenon, earning $914 million worldwide on its initial theatrical release and later surpassing $1 billion on its 2013 re-release. For those interested in learning more about the blockbuster, there has a lot of jurassic park behind-the-scenes facts to examine. If you’d rather just watch the movie itself, it can be streamed with an HBO Max subscription.

You can also hear Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett talk more about their careers and their connection to ILM by watching Light & Magic on Disney+ (opens in a new tab). With regard to the whole Jurassic franchise goes, keep your eyes peeled on CinemaBlend for what the future may hold.

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