Horror History: How Jurassic Park Changed Filmmaking Forever

Horror History: How Jurassic Park Changed Filmmaking ForeverThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has a new digital series, “Academy Originals,” and this week’s episode looks at the “moments that changed movies,” specifically the 1993 classic Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park changed the course of filmmaking forever with its groundbreaking use of computerized graphics to create the most life-like dinosaurs ever seen on the big screen. As you may recall, movie-goers lined up time and time again to watch the film when it was released 21 years ago this week.

The 9-minute “Academy Originals” program, which you can see in its entirety below, reveals some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes details on the making of the film, such as:

  • How Steve “Spaz” Williams of Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) had the idea to use digital and computer effects rather than claymation/stop-motion and was charged with convincing everyone from his co-workers to Steven Spielberg that this was the way to go.
  • How the tech used in the film charted the course for blockbusters like Twister, Avatar, and more.
  • Many of the creative executives that worked on the film tell first-hand experiences, challenges, and changes that happened during the filming of the movie.”Academy Originals,” AMPAS’s first original digital series, is a documentary-style video series which examines everything from the creative process to the moments that changed the course of filmmaking to the artists who are charting its future. New “Academy Originals” are available each week on Oscars.org/Academy Originals and the “Academy Originals” YouTube page.

    Horror History: How Jurassic Park Changed Filmmaking Forever


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