JURASSIC PARK Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Shows the Creation of the Animatronic Dilophosaurus
The latest Jurassic Park featurette from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts spotlights the animatronic and puppeteer work that went into creating the small yet violent Dilophosaurus.
In 1972 Stan Winston established Stan Winston Studio. Corralling some of the finest designers, engineers, sculptors, painters, machinists and technicians, the work that came out of the Stan Winston Studio was, from the start, widely recognized as the state-of-the-art in character creation. Over the years, the studio grew from a room in Stan’s garage to a fully-staffed workshop of hundreds of artists, all working to give filmmakers something that exceeded their wildest imaginings.
Always eager to embrace new technologies, Stan Winston helped pioneer the digital revolution including co-founding Digital Domain alongside James Cameron and former ILM boss, Scott Ross.
Integrating emerging techniques such as motion capture, and CGI enhancement, Stan Winston Studio came to be associated with cross-platform and Hybrid CG/Practical character creation for all visual arts venues. Stan’s core team continues his legacy into the new century with Legacy Effects, where a new name, a new building and new projects and challenges continue to keep the spirit of Stan and his studio alive.
Stan Winston Mechanical FX Designer Rick Galinson recently opened up about his involvement creating the Dilophosaurus -- the venom spitting dinosaur responsible for Dennis Nedry's ultimate demise -- for Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park:
"I remember when we finished BATMAN RETURNS [at Stan Winston Studio] we sat in a room. They called us in because we knew we had JURASSIC PARK and all the mechanics came in to be assigned characters and they said, 'Okay, well, who’s read the book?', and we all pretty much had. 'Well, who wants to work on the T-Rex?' and a bunch of people raised their hands and they wrote their names down. 'Who wants to work on the Triceratops?' People raised their hands. 'Who wants to work on the Spitter?'
"Well, I had just been in this industry maybe a year, very green, very naïve to a lot of the techniques we’d be using and I raised my hand thinking I was going to be the assistant mechanic to Richard Landon or one of the guys who had been there for a long time.
"I was the only person who raised my hand [for the Spitter job] so they wrote my name down and that was it. That was how quickly the decisions were made, that this is your character, you’re fully responsible for it, go ahead and build it. I kept quiet and I was scared to death, but I didn’t know how much I had bitten off here. If they knew how little I knew, they would never have given me the assignment, but it turned out well. I was a fast learner, watched the other guys build things and took cues from them and it turned out great."
Watch the video below to see behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the Dilophosaurus puppet, visit the Stan Winston School blog via the link below to read Galinson's full breakdown.
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