Google and Ludia Collaborate To Bring ‘Jurassic World’ AR Dinosaurs to Google Search

Universal Brand Development, Amblin Entertainment, Ludia, and Google have partnered together to bring 10 dinosaurs from the Jurassic World franchise into your Google Search.

Searching for a dinosaur on Google while using a mobile device will now allow you hit ‘View in 3D’ which shows you a 3D model of the dinosaur, allowing you to rotate it and zoom in to see it close up.

From there you can add the dinosaur into the space around you, using AR technology to position the dinosaur in scale. If you’re on an Android device you can turn up the volume to hear footsteps and roars.

Ten dinosaurs are viewable in AR, including the T. rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pternodon, and Parasaurolophus.

According to Google, the technology from Ludia’s ‘Jurassic World Alive’ game has been used to ensure that these dinosaurs have the most realistic models possible.

“To create the 3D dinosaurs, our concept artists first did preliminary research to discover information about each creature,” says Camilo Sanin, Ludia’s Lead on Character Creations. “Not only did we draw research from various forms of literature, our artists also worked with paleontologists and the ‘Jurassic World’ team to make the assets as accurate and realistic as possible. Even the smallest of details, such as irregularities of skin color and patterns, are important.” 

You can see an example of how the Brachiosaurus was developed for ‘Jurassic World Alive’ below:

The dinosaurs available are a lot larger than your average dog or tiger which Google’s AR service also offers, so they have implemented an auto-scale feature that can calculate the distance between your phone and a surface in the area you’re in, and resize the dinosaur accordingly.

Using the Google app on both Android devices and iPhones, search ‘dinosaur’ or for the names of one of the ten dinosaurs listed above, and click ‘View in 3D’ to access.

The technology can also be used to create AR videos, recreating your favourite scenes from the Jurassic World franchise. Will you be checking out Google’s new feature? Let us know in the comments which dinosaur you’d like to see if not already featured.

And make sure you check out this important message from Jurassic World…

An Interview With Shelly Johnson, ASC – Cinematographer of Jurassic Park 3

We’re excited to drop our new interview with the cinematographer of Jurassic Park 3, Shelly Johnson! I was lucky enough to speak with Shelly not too long ago about his time working on Jurassic Park 3, along with many other features he has shot.

Shelly was first brought onto the third Jurassic Park movie by Steven Spielberg himself, who had seen Shelly’s work on the Dreamworks Television series, The Others.

“I got a call from Larry Franco who’s the producer of Jurassic and said, Hey, you know, we were just in Steven’s office, and he showed us some footage from the show and said that we need to talk to you about doing Jurassic. And so why don’t you come down and you’ll get to meet Joe Johnston, and you guys can discuss it. He said, unfortunately, we can’t show you the script, but it’s Jurassic 3 and you get the idea.”

The collaboration with Joe Johnston led to a long and varied career, shooting films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, The Expendables 2, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Bill & Ted Face The Music and Greyhound.

Shelly went into detail about the role he plays in crafting a movie, and the complex lighting setups he used on Jurassic Park 3:

“My plan was to have this very kind of indirect light, filtered through the fog and as they got deeper in the canyon and got a little darker until it got to the bottom when there’s no sun at all. Maybe a little bit of that in the cliffs up there, but they would be in indirect light. Our largest set piece was a set of cliffs on the river at the bottom of the canyon that was all at Falls Lake, which is a permanent Lake on the Universal backlot, kind of a pathway up the hill there, and they’ve got a permanent green screen structure on one side of it.”

Along with sharing the technicalities of a shoot this large, we discussed the infamous and slightly troubled production the movie had, which stemmed from the original shooting script being thrown out weeks before filming was set to begin.

There was never an ending written while they were shooting, but an ending sequence had been planned at one point in time which would have involved a rescue helicopter getting attacked by a Pteranodon – something Spielberg had been wanting to see with a passion. The scene ultimately ended up in Jurassic World, along with the motorcycle Raptor chase.

“At one point, I’m not sure if it was written or not, there was a big discussion and some illustrations of a Pteranodon attacking a helicopter, like a big helicopter, a black Hawk. And when they fly away at the end of it they were going to attack and pick their way through the windshield, kind of like they did with the little helicopter in part four.

We were kind of waiting for it because as they fly out, that’s where it was. The last thing was this attack and they had to get out of it. And it ended up getting cut because of the expense, everything, you’re at the end of the movie now. And that was the sequence we had least worked out, where everything else we had sets for and had worked it out and it just didn’t seem like it was going to be viable.”

We talked about some of the concept posters for Jurassic Park 3, that were seen on the Jurassic Park 3 DVD release, showing titles such as Extinction or Breakout, with one even showing a human fetus in the logo in exchange for the T. rex.

After Jurassic Park 3’s release, many ideas for the fourth Jurassic were thrown around and as we know Joe Johnston was attached to direct the movie for quite some time.

Shelly discussed some of the things he had heard about the fourth movie from Joe and the similarities between the concepts he had heard and what ended up in Jurassic World.

Jack: “Joe Johnson was attached to direct Jurassic Park 4 for quite some time after Jurassic Park 3 was released. After you and he had built that sort of solid working relationship on the third, were you automatically on that with him or did you discuss Jurassic Park 4 with him?”

Shelly: “We did discuss it, yes, I’m not sure I would have automatically been, nothing’s automatic with him.  I sort of have to earn my way onto every project, but it was definitely in the discussion. He played so much of that close to the vest, I don’t think there was much he could talk about.

But he told me what was out there, he told me that there was a story of creating an army of Raptors as kind of this invincible army, which you kind of see in part four. You see Chris Pratt out there training the raptors and you see the military contractors realizing the profit potential

I know that four went through a whole slew of iterations, and I think that the finished version, what they ended up shooting was very different than the film that Joe was considering making way back then.”

Shelly also shared with me how he would have liked a new Jurassic to look, if he were shooting it.

Jack: “After your work on Jurassic Park 3 and the prospect of, of lighting and shooting another, had you had time to think about what direction you would have liked to take it in? Obviously, it depends on what Joe wants and what the script was like, but had you had an idea about the way you wanted it to kind of look or what you wanted to explore?”

Shelly: “Yes, if I could do it again, I think that the moodier stuff in that movie is where it starts to kind of hit a tone that makes the Island feel a lot more mysterious, less of a tropical paradise and much more of a mysterious and scary place. And I would have liked to have kind of gone for that tone, even with the Kirby story and that little nod to comedy that Alexander Payne put in there. You know, I think it’s still work in a very, a very more threatening environment. So, I would have loved for it to have gotten a little darker.”

An even moodier Jurassic Park is music to my ears, and it’s great to hear that from the cinematographer himself. Jurassic Park 3 has some of the most beautiful and well-shot sequences in the franchise, specifically the atmosphere that Shelly created in the aviary. It would have been great to see how far he could have pushed that in Jurassic Park 4.

Shelly was also kind enough to answer some fan questions submitted to us, including: ‘what attacked the boat in the opening sequence?’, ‘how late into production did the Spinosaurus replace the Baryonyx?’, ‘were the Velociraptors going to attack the Spinosaurus at any point?’

The interview is available to listen both on our YouTube and as an episode of Podcast which streams through iTunes, Google Podcasts, Podbean and other feeds.

I’d like to thank Shelly for taking the time to speak with me and for sharing such fantastic and detailed behind the scenes stories of his time working on the franchise!

Be sure to give Shelly a follow on Instagram and head to his website for some detailed breakdowns of his lighting setups.

Happy Jurassic June!

We’ve Got Dodgson Here! Campbell Scott Joins ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ in Iconic Role

Dodgson, Dodson, we’ve got Dodgson here! Breaking just now from Collider, Campbell Scott has joined Jurassic World: Dominion to play the iconic role.

Jurassic fans know we haven’t heard a word about the fate of Dodgson since 1993’s Jurassic Park. Even then, all we got was a few minute cameo where we find out he works for an unnamed company and is trying to acquire Ingen’s dinosaur embryos via Dennis Nedry’s shaving cream CryoCan. Fans of the novel will recall Dodgson plays a much larger role in Crichton’s original story: He plays the head of rival genetics corporation, BioSyn, and ruthlessly attempts to further his agenda of putting his company at the top of the industry.

It’s been confirmed that Dodgson has since been promoted to the CEO of BioSyn, and as an audience we will be re-introduced to him as an “Inspirational, Steve Jobs-type” of industry leader.

Scott’s casting as Dodgson means big implications for the direction Dominion is heading. A confirmation of Dodgson inevitably means Biosyn will play a large role in driving the story forward. Could Biosyn representatives perhaps attended the dinosaur auction in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Have they progressed to human cloning and need Maisie for some reason? Did they obtain the assumed lost CryoCan in 93, and have then been creating their own dinosaurs all along? The possibilities are endless, which leaves us excited to see what Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael will present on screen.

Dodgson was originally played by Cameron Thor in Jurassic Park – the role has been recast for Jurassic World Dominion due to Thor’s conviction as a sex offender.

Campbell Scott is an American actor best known for his roles as Mark Usher on House of Cards, Joseph Tobin on Damages, and Richard Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We can’t wait to see what he brings to the character of Dodgson in the Jurassic universe!

What do you think Dodgson and Biosyn have been up to all this time? Are they still after dinosaur embryos or has Biosyn already obtained them long ago, and moved on to even more nefarious plans since the fall of Ingen?

2020 SDCC Exclusive Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry Barbasol Set Announced – Pre-order Before He Goes Extinct!

Mattel and Entertainment Earth are back at it again to celebrate San Diego Comic Con, even if this years convention has gone online only due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Following 2019’s John Hammond figure, the 2020 exclusive is none other than Dennis Nedry himself, from his meeting with BioSyn’s Lewis Dodgson, packaged in the iconic CryoCan – which is electronic, says phrases from the film, and has lighting for dramatic display.

Nedry will be available for Pre-order on Entertainment Earth today (June 24th) at 9am PST | 12pm EST at this link!

Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry Action Figure – 2020 Convention Exclusive$19.99

● Capture an iconic moment in Jurassic Park with this exclusive action figure!

● Features movie-true deco, film-accurate accessories, and deluxe detail.

● Packaging lights up and speaks authentic Dennis Nedry dialog!

● Measuring 3 3/4-inches tall, it captures the spirit of the franchise legacy.

● Packaging is based on the Barbasol shaving can seen on-screen!

Mattel / Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! “Nedry! Nedry! We’ve got a Nedry figure here!” Based on the original Jurassic Park film, this Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry Action Figure – 2020 Convention Exclusive is a must-have collectible for fans. In his splashy Hawaiian shirt and shorts, he measures about 3 3/4-inches tall and comes with film-accurate accessories that include the bag of money from Dodgson, a piece of pie, and the Barbasol can of embryos so you can reenact your favorite scenes. The 7 1/2-inch tall packaging is based on the Barbasol Beard Buster shaving can seen in the movie – it lights up and speaks authentic Dennis Nedry dialog! This exclusive figure is available for a limited time only, so grab yours before it goes extinct and you miss out. Colors and decorations may vary. Ages 8 and up.

This cool Nedry figure is hidden in a Barbasol can that holds him and serves as a display case. For extra fun, twist the base of the can package to trigger a dramatic light effect and reveal the figure! Press the top of the can to hear these iconic lines Nedry says in the movie:

“Ah, ah, ah! You didn’t say the magic word!”
“Dodgson! Dodgson! We’ve got Dodgson here!”
“Don’t get cheap on me, Dodgson.”
“Ah, no wonder you’re extinct.”
“I’m totally unappreciated in my time.”

Relive the exciting big-screen action of Jurassic Park with this highly collectible Dennis Nedry figure! The fan-favorite villain and devious programmer is inspired by the scene when Nedry meets Dodgson for the cash-for-embryos deal in the original film. As Nedry enjoys a nice seaside breakfast, Dodgson shows up with a bag of money and the modified Barbasol can to hold the embryos.

This toy is a must have for all Jurassic Park fans and collectors, and is especially surprising and appealing as Mattel has unfortunately all but discontinued human action figures within the core line at major retailers. Perhaps exclusives like this can help the human action figures within this expansive and exciting line continue to find new life and explore new characters. No matter what, we’re thrilled by what we see here, and can’t wait to pick ours up — make sure you do the same before this deal is extinct!

Will you be pre-ordering the 2020 SDCC Dennis Nedry toy, and what other exclusives like this would you like to see from Mattel and Entertainment Earth in the future? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for all the latest Jurassic news!

Jurassic Park is Number 1 At The Weekend Box Office!

27 years after the original release Jurassic Park has dominated the weekend box office in the US, hitting the number 1 spot for the fourth time since 1993.

Movie theaters have begun to gradually open up again, with some outdoor drive-ins across the country showcasing movies to eager film buffs. Jurassic Park was one of the movies shown, and earned a whopping $517.6K across 230 sites!

Photo: @HomeOneBlaine

Deadline also reported that Spielberg’s Jaws was shown at 187 locations, earning $516.3K, making both Universal movies take the number 1 and number 2 spot!

Back in 1993 when Jurassic Park was released it held the number 1 spot at the box office for three weekends in a row, and with this weekends ticket sales the movie now sits on a total domestic intake of $404.3M.

This movie continues to entertain audiences and with the sixth Jurassic Park movie now back in production, it’s safe to say this franchise isn’t going away anytime soon!

We hope you’re enjoying Jurassic June so far and if you haven’t already make sure to follow Stan Winston School on Twitter who have been dropping some incredible behind the scenes content from the original trilogy.

And along with videos and photos of the dinosaurs we already know, the team at Stan Winston School shared with us never-before-seen photos of the Mamenchisaurus from The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Such a beautiful sculpt! The dinosaur was unfortunately only seen in computer-generated form in the game trail sequence.

Did you catch Jurassic Park this weekend? Will it be coming to a theater near you? Do let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to check out some of our merchandise and Jurassic shirts now available in the Store!

Jurassic World Dominion Set to Resume Filming on July 6!

Universal Pictures have confirmed that Jurassic World Dominion is set to resume filming at Pinewood Studios on July 6, making it the first major studio movie to re-start filming after the Covid-19 pandemic shut productions down worldwide.

Deadline have reported that the studio and filmmakers have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get the production back underway, and the production team have been implementing rigorous safety protocols for when the cast and crew return to the set.

A two week pre-production period will begin next week, leading up to the cameras rolling on July 6.

A production executive detailed the situation:

“The plan is for us to be shooting early-mid July,”

“Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home, we want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety. We will take direction from our medical team, but we’re confident that with the staggered scheduling and zones of talent and crew, along with a system of contact tracing, we can move forward with limited delay in production.”

Universal Pictures have worked with the British Film Council and U.S. unions to ensure the production of Dominion meets the required safety standards, and they are believed to be spending around $5 million to ensure thousands of tests for the remainder of filming, with all cast and crew required to be tested before returning to the set, and then multiple times during filming.

Dominion’s set will have on-site doctors and nurses with isolation booths, 150 hand sanitizer stations, anti-viral ‘fogs’ used at night, endless safety signs and all cast and crew will be trained. Masks will be mandatory to wear other than when the actor is performing.

Actors attached to the project who aren’t UK based will be travelling back to the UK soon in time for the production to restart, and director Colin Trevorrow has been ‘instrumental in planning and getting buy-in from the cast and crew’, who obviously were a little concerned about returning to a country that has been hit hard by the Covid virus, but spirits remain positive.

The main question we have is will there be a release date delay to make up for the three or so months of lost time? The Universal production executive noted that they can move forward with a “limited delay in production” but we are uncertain how that will affect the film.

Many large-scale animatronics were mid-development when the production shut down and those animatronics require crews in close proximity to operate. Will Dominion re-work scenes to be more reliant on visual effects than practical? We certainly hope this isn’t the case and would rather the studio delayed the film’s release date to provide accurate time for the production to catch up.

Further, sticking to the release date after months of delay means a tight schedule, which could lead to these animatronics never being finished and entirely replaced with a VFX option.

We’ve spoken to numerous visual effects artists who all say the same thing: meeting the demands of this film means massive compromise – sets, actors, extras, dinosaurs and more will go VFX wherever possible, even if it would have been previously unwarranted and unwanted. The looming deadline means massive crunch with long hours, and realistically cannot be achieved with the quality expected out of Jurassic without massively expanding the films budged and bringing in more effects houses to collaborate. Ultimately, this is untested territory and unfortunately will effect the films original vision in unique ways, something we will be looking to understand further in the future.

Will the production be able to use the footage shot in Vancouver, BC for the couple of weeks earlier in the year, or will they need to re-shoot those scenes?

Either way this is exciting news and hopefully we will hear more soon! Head to Deadline to read the specific details of Universal’s protocols for filming, and be sure to let us know in the comments section below what you’re most excited to see in Jurassic World Dominion.

Welcome to the New and Improved Jurassic Outpost!

Welcome… to Jurassic Outpost! We have been hard at work over the past year designing and updating our website and we are happy to finally have launched the refresh. We hope you like the new design!

Designed by the wonderful James McQuade, and pieced together – and made functional – by the amazing Sam Lihou, the team are excited to launch this new look, filled with Jurassic content!

Our main header art was designed by Ryan Shumate which you can read more about here – along with a short history of the website since it’s early beginnings in 2008!

Alongside the new website, we are proud to open the Jurassic Outpost online store which is currently stocked with Outpost themed products. You can now purchase an official Outpost mug, but primarily we are excited to debut our Kirby product line, featuring mugs and more from Paul Kirby’s own Oklahoma based business, Kirby Paint and Tile Plus.

Our ever-growing Encyclopedia has moved to its new home at, and we encourage you to check out the galleries at The Jurassic Vault which are filled with 4K screenshots, behind the scenes imagery and much more!

We have never asked for financial support over the past 10 years; Jurassic Outpost has always been a self-funded website with events, giveaways and more coming out of our own pocket. We’re not asking for your money now, but there are ways you can support us and any form of support means the world to us!

We want to thank all of our readers and followers for choosing Jurassic Outpost as your source for Jurassic news and for following us for all these years. We hope you enjoy navigating your way through our new website, and be sure to check out the colour changer in the footer.

Today marks the 27th Anniversary of Jurassic Park, and the 5th Anniversary of Jurassic World – how are you celebrating? Let us know what you think of the new website in the comments section below, and here’s hoping an update on Jurassic World: Dominion is on the horizon!