‘Jurassic Park’ Production Designer Rick Carter’s Immersive Art Exhibit Is Now Open!

Rick Carter was the production designer of ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’, among many other classic films from the ‘Back To The Future’ sequels to ‘Avatar’. Now, immerse yourself in Rick’s visually-stunning mind with ESMoA’s new art exhibit: ‘TIME’.

“TIME, a project by artist and production designer Rick Carter, is an immersive collage that contemplates the concept of time. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and collages by Carter along with photographs, movie memorabilia, and additional works by eight other artists who were invited to participate.”

Rick Carter further explains:

“Over the past five decades as an artist and film production designer, I am frequently immersed in the realizations of visual concepts. […] This experience at ESMoA provides the opportunity to explore with younger LA-based artists the legacy of my artistic career as both a painter and visual collaborator with movie directors.”

Last weekend I attended a special advance preview of the exhibit, and it was quite extraordinary to see it in person! After being a fan of his production design in films for so many years, it was unique and exhilarating to be in a representation of his vast mind. Below is a gallery that features just a taste of what this exhibit is like.

For fans of ‘Jurassic Park’, there are various interpretations by other artists that are beautiful and engaging. Such highlights include art by Jacori “Aiseborn” Perry that feature a raptor running towards the gates of ‘Jurassic Park’ and a Triceratops hatchling!

There is also a myriad of work by Rick Carter himself, of course; straight from his own production files. This includes a special area at one end of the exhibit where a portion of the wall features several key items that have never been seen before. Unique collages of Jurassic Park’s Visitor Center and pencil sketches done on napkins create an early look into what would eventually be realized on the screen. A glass case at the center of this section displays a miniature Velociraptor model created by Stan Winston’s team. This detailed creation is clearly a cherished item in Rick’s collection that everyone can appreciate.

Left Side, Top to Bottom: Rick Carter’s actual crew badge, a collage concept for the Visitor Center, and a series of sketches done with pen on napkins depicting early layouts of the Visitor Center (and Hammond perhaps?). Center: Stan Winston Studios Raptor model from Rick’s collection. Right Side, Top to Bottom: Another Visitor Center collage concept, café mural collage concept, and DNA collage concept.

One of the coolest things for a ‘Jurassic Park’ fan to see is the mural Rick created that is actually featured in the film’s cafe; most iconically during Richard Attenborough’s portrayal of John Hammond as he tells his ‘Petticoat Lane’ story to Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler. It was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Guernica!

Another neat treat is an illustration of a Tyrannosaurus Rex made in 1990 (the first year of pre-production for ‘Jurassic Park’). It is credited to both Rick Carter and his daughter Amee Carter.

However, ‘Jurassic Park’ is just one of many films that Rick Carter was part of that the exhibit showcases. Other artifacts and artistic depictions include ‘Avatar’, ‘The Polar Express’, the ‘Back To The Future’ sequels, ‘Cast Away’, ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Forrest Gump’, and a lot more. There are also more abstract and personal pieces not related to any film, including many stunning renderings of human faces.

Walking around this massive room, with art reaching all the way to its tall ceiling, you can’t help but be wonderfully overwhelmed with Rick’s vision and the representations of his entire career (so far). One of the most arresting visuals Rick himself produced for this exhibit are the faces of the four leading directors he has worked with through the years: Steven Spielberg (‘Jurassic Park’), Robert Zemeckis (‘Back To The Future’ trilogy), James Cameron (‘Avatar’), & J.J. Abrams (‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’). They almost appear to be looking down at the entire exhibit, seeing their entire worlds that Rick helped create with them.

One of the coolest features of this exhibit is the ability to have your own self-guided tour of sorts using ESMoA’s “Grid” feature! Using correlating numbers that are painted on the floor near the items they represent on the walls, you can look up each number on the Grid then select it to view a small cropped version of the artwork along with information about the specific artist and other details. There are even some fascinating sketchbooks that Rick created that you can digitally thumb through! These features are additionally informative if you somehow aren’t able to visit this exhibit in person, presenting a version of everyone’s work to be appreciated by virtually everyone. Or, as John Hammond would say, “Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy these illustrations.”

ESMoA’s “Grid” Feature
Access to Rick Carter’s personal sketchbooks.

Additional artists that illustrated Rick’s mind and career are: Alex Garcia, Luke Hayes, Muraji Khalil, ​Dalila Paola Méndez, ​​Helena Park, Jacori “Aiseborn” Perry, Ivan “Mr Mustart” Petrovsky, and Carlos “Kopyeson” Talavera. The creation of the exhibit itself was also a massive undertaking, as evidenced in a cool time lapse video that begins with its inception then leads up to the preview event. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Bernhard Zuenkeler.

Rick Carter & Select Illustrators: Bernhard Zünkeler, Carlos “Kopyeson” Talavera, Jacori “Aiseborn” Perry, Rick Carter, Ivan “Mr Mustart” Petrovsky, Muraji Khalil, Helena Park. Sitting on the ‘Forrest Gump’ bench.

While attending the preview event, I saw all of the talented artists and ran into some ‘Jurassic’ veterans, including: Rick Carter (of course), David Lowery (Storyboard Artist), John Bell (Art Director), & Seamus Blackley (creator of the ‘Lost World’ PC game ‘Trespasser’… and a little thing called the XBOX). Seeing this exhibit with so many of the creative leads that were involved with the extraordinary films represented will certainly be a night I will never forget!

Derrick Davis pictured above with Rick Carter and then Rick Carter & David Lowery

While ESMoA is applauded for having an online version of the exhibit accessible to everyone, I must stress just how much more incredible it is to see it all in-person! They really did “spare no expense“! This amazing free exhibit is open from May 5th to September 17th 2022 in El Segundo, CA, USA. Be sure to plan your trip in advance for the exact location and available hours and days it is open. Also check out their various upcoming programs that include opportunities to see Rick Carter in person!

For another Rick Carter-related experience that is connected to ‘Jurassic Park’, watch Jurassic Time’s illustrated audio drama of ‘Rick Carter’s Jurassic Park’; an adaptation of Rick’s script for the film, featuring thousands of production images from the film and interviews with Rick!

Note: Some images were obtained directly from ESMoA. Special thanks to Rick Carter & Eugenia Torre. ‘Rick Carter & Select Illustrators’ and ‘Installation Shots’ are credited to Mark Knight.

Do you plan to make a trip to this exhibit? And besides the ‘Jurassic’ films, what are Rick Carter’s other films that he worked on that you also love? Share your comments below, and as always stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

‘Jurassic Time’ Interviews Production Designer Rick Carter With Its Updated Illustrated Audio Drama!

Last year, Jurassic Time unveiled ‘Rick Carter’s Jurassic Park’: an illustrated audio drama that presented an early version of ‘Jurassic Park’ through production designer Rick Carter’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s final draft screenplay. It featured the film’s original production artwork brought to life with fantastic music, sound effects, and the voice talents of enthusiastic fans.

While the production was released in February 2021, additional artwork was revealed from people who worked on the film through various outlets; including many in better quality than previously available. More would be uncovered throughout the year, thanks to a resurgence of interest in how the film was made. There was so much more material to work with that it became clear the video program had to be updated.

In February 2022, Derrick Davis (video editor & head of the project) began re-working the videos with the new materials. Such additions included Art Director John Bell‘s character designs of Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm that differed greatly in appearance compared to how they would look in the film. It should be noted that character appearances changed frequently during pre-production, creating unavoidable inconsistencies throughout the artwork. However, adding such imagery gave the videos even more authenticity and revealed more insight into the endless production ideas.

John Bell’s early art depictions of Ellie Sattler, Alan Grant, John Hammond, Ian Malcolm, Lex Murphy, & Tim Murphy.

During this process, an amazing opportunity took place. Derrick was able to reach out to Rick Carter himself, who had seen the 2021 version of the illustrated audio drama! Rick was delighted with the production, and never thought something like it would have been realized from his script. Their discussions led to a recorded conversation that was then edited into two separate videos: one focusing on his script, the other an hour-long look into his career that delves into ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘AI: Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Avatar’, and other productions. More importantly, Rick explores the core of what he brings to any project he works on with his inspirational wisdom.

Both conversations now appear at the end of the production as supplemental features, perfectly cementing the entire presentation. His wonderful insight into the film’s production, his career, and his life were an emotionally fulfilling highlight.

One of the many brand-new talking points from Rick Carter explains how he ended up revising Michael Crichton’s ‘Jurassic Park’ screenplay into his own draft, and the purpose it served in the production of the film.

“Steven and all of us were having such amazing conversations as we explored where the movie could go, based upon Michael’s book. And I knew Michael Crichton through my mother, so I already knew him as a person independent of all of this. So, I knew what he was writing from his book, and the conversations with Steven, and we were developing all sorts of ideas for scenes and context that it was fine for him to do his version.

When it went to the next step, there was Malia Scotch Marmo who was brought on; and I wasn’t part of those meetings. And I knew that many of the things that we were discussing were going through Steven to her and then he was wanting to see what she would bring. But it was making it a little bit hard, as I remember, to know what to coordinate for the art department to focus on. I mean, we knew the main road attack would be there, we had the design of the Spitter, the Spitter would be there, we knew there was a raptor pen; you know, we knew certain things. But there was a whole river extravaganza, there were a lot of things that were in the book that we were still playing out and exploring.

So, I wanted to get something in front of Steven that we could use as our working document. And I started to write sort of memos that would outline scenes and I’d throw images with them, and that kind of thing. But it got to be where it almost was easier to do it as a screenplay form. And then, of course, once I entered into that I started just putting in dialogue and, you know, whatever. Or whatever I took from the book that I thought was still really good.”

-Rick Carter

Rick Carter during his conversation with Derrick Davis.

Now, the final version of the program is completed. The end result is a one-of-a-kind experience that was an ultimate labor of love from everyone involved. While the debate can rage forever if this early version of the film would have been better than what we got, it is still fascinating to see it performed in such a dramatic way. It is also great to finally have an engaging way of presenting the art from those who worked on the film, instead of having it locked away or forgotten forever.

Derrick Davis & Bernard A. Kyer (the project’s sound designer & music composer) would like to thank Rick Carter and everyone in the production for bringing this dream to life and realizing the imaginations of those who worked so hard to create our cherished, classic film: ‘JURASSIC PARK’.

Be sure to check out the entire updated video series now! And if you’d like to learn more, read the ‘Behind The Scenes’ article to delve into the entire history of the project.

How exciting was it to hear brand-new conversations with the production designer of ‘Jurassic Park’? What were details that he shared that you enjoyed the most? Share your comments below, and as always stick around with Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

Runtime Of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Is The Longest In The Franchise!

“You’re gonna need a bigger soda.”

According to One Take News, the final runtime of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ is 146 minutes and 57 seconds, or in other words: 2 hours 26 minutes and 57 seconds (this includes credits)! This makes it by far the longest film in the entire franchise! The two runner-ups in length were ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Both of those films clocked in at at 2 hours and 9 minutes.

While length of a movie never defines its quality, it is fitting for the final film in the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy, and according to the filmmakers the ‘Jurassic Park’ saga, to have such an extended length. With the legacy cast and the current cast thrown into a blender with all-new characters on a global adventure, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it became the longest film with so much going on. Given that the final film in the original ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy, Jurassic Park 3, was only 1 hour and 32 minutes, it is nice that the sendoff for ‘Jurassic World’ at least gives us much more to digest.

Some will undoubtedly question a runtime of nearly two and a half hours: but looking at recent blockbusters such as ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, ‘The Batman’, and ‘Avengers: Endgame’; audiences seem to dig these extended runtimes for franchises they love (if the filmmaking, story, and script support it), with the box office receipts to prove it. Believe it or not, we’ve also heard much content – some finished, some not – was left on the cutting room floor after numerous test screenings; extended cuts of the film exist and could have released.

Before we close off the article, let’s end it with some fun non-runtime anecdotes we’ve personally heard from those at the various test screenings: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ is reportedly the best Jurassic World film yet. It’s not going to be long now, and with the exact runtime known we expect a second trailer alongside ticket pre-orders aren’t far off.

Does the reported runtime make you more excited for this film, or do you wish it were even longer? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and as always stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

Source: One Take News

New Animatronic Images From ‘Dominion’ Featured In Upcoming Fangoria Magazine Issue!

This is NOT a joke. Later this month, Fangoria magazine will unleash a new issue in stores featuring some spectacular images from the upcoming film ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’! However, subscribers to the magazine already have the new issue in advance (with an alternate cover, apparently)! While we haven’t seen its special ‘Dominion’ article in full yet, Ganon Gorder delivered to us a first look at some of its fantastic new images!

First up we have an in-progress look at the animatronic head/neck of Giganotosaurus! This thing looks like it could eat up the entire crew working on it with a single chomp! In the foreground you can see a smaller maquette version they are basing it off of. A quote on this image from creature effects supervisor John Nolan says:

“Jurassic is a perfect example of how digital and practical complement each other.”

– John Nolan

If you look to your left, you will see the next dinosaurs on our tour called… Dilophosaurus! Dilophosaurus, yes! Even in an unfinished form it is still impressive!

Now the Dilophosaurus is even more impressive in stunning color! From this angle, it certainly does have that original ‘Jurassic Park’ look compared to the couple of shots we saw of it in the trailer. Hopefully we get a better look at it in the final film, like this!

Here is our first look at Microceratus! It is nice to see new herbivorous dinosaurs enter the franchise, especially with such a vibrant blue color scheme! It’s more blue than Blue!

Next we have a close look at the head of a Pyroraptor! How cool is it to finally see an animatronic dinosaur in the ‘Jurassic’ films with feathers (beyond the quills we saw in ‘Jurassic Park 3’)? Right below it we have a pair of Dimorphodons, which we haven’t seen since the first ‘Jurassic World’! While maquettes were made of those for that film, there was never any full animatronics created as seen here! John Nolan’s studio is really knocking this out of the park (and world?).

For a grand finale, we have this amazing collection of finished animatronics surrounding John Nolan! The beautifully red-feathered Pyroraptor on the front left, a caged Stygimoloch on the front right (oh no!), another look at the Dilophosaurus right behind it, and then off to the rear left are more Microceratus! It appears there are a couple other things further beyond in the background, but they are hard to make out. This photo is adorned with another John Nolan quote:

“We built thirty-eight dinosaurs, fourteen species, I think. Some were tiny, like the Compies. And then the Giga, which has a head the size of a car.

– John Nolan

Now THAT is incredible! Certainly gives the Stan Winston Studios from the original ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy a run for its money! It also makes up for a lack of animatronics so far in the ‘Jurassic World’ films. ‘Jurassic World’ only had one actual animatronic sequence (the head and neck of a dying Apatosaurus). While ‘Fallen Kingdom’ had a nice amount of animatronics created, many of them were replaced with CGI once post-production took place. Will these fantastic beasts of ‘Dominion’ end up the same way? Or will we know exactly where to find them?

Fangoria’s issue featuring ‘Dominion’ arrives on store shelves later this month! We are all curious to see what details the article’s text contains beyond the quotes we have seen, and any other new images that could be within! Be sure to pick it up as soon as it drops!

Which of these animatronics do you like the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and as always stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

Advance Review Of The Upcoming ‘Jurassic Park: The Original Topps Trading Card Series’ Book!

Back in the early 1990s, things were very different. The internet was still in its infancy and cell phones weren’t available. People read books, played board games, watched a lot of cable TV, and played outside. I know, it’s a time for many that is as foreign as the time of the dinosaurs.

‘Jurassic Park’ came out in June 1993. But it wasn’t available for home viewing (via VHS and Laserdisc… which is a whole other topic to explain to some people) until October… 1994! Yes, nearly a year and a half after the film was released in theaters! Back then, theatrical releases for big movies really could last that long to make as much money as they could if popular. And as a kid who saw it during its original release, it was popular. But for me, the wait was painful. Excruciating. I had seen what to me was the greatest thing I had ever laid my eyes on… and waiting almost a year and a half to see it again (my allowance at age 6 couldn’t afford that many tickets) felt like an eternity. I wanted to endlessly watch it, rewind it back to the beginning, and watch it again. But no. We all had to wait.

The Topps Trading Cards, that were on store shelves as soon as the movie was, were a godsend. For ‘Jurassic Park’, they had dozens and dozens of wallet-sized cards that had fantastic stills from the film, concept art, behind the scenes images, and more. And if you got them all, you essentially had the entire story of the film that could fit in your pocket. I remember flipping through them, soaking in every image, reading every detail. For that long wait, those cards were the film. Only the comic book adaptation came as close to truly filling the void as those cards (also produced by Topps).

That’s why the upcoming ‘JURASSIC PARK: THE ORIGINAL TOPPS TRADING CARD SERIES’ book (available April 26th) is such a fantastic compilation of that time for me. And even if you weren’t around to enjoy the cards the way I had, you can still appreciate them as pieces of the film’s rich merchandise history. They are an artistic joy to behold.

Journey back to where it all started in this deluxe collection showcasing the classic Topps trading cards from 1993—timed for the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Dominion.

When Jurassic Park was released almost 30 years ago, it was an immediate blockbuster and went on to become one of entertainment’s largest multimedia franchises, with five more films, theme park attractions, and a robust consumer product program—including a set of trading cards released by Topps in 1993 to tie into the film. This comprehensive collection of the original trading card series—timed to publish alongside the release of Jurassic World: Dominion—includes the fronts and backs of all of these classic cards, plus the special chase cards and rare promotional material. The book also includes text and commentary by Gary Gerani, editor of the original series, and an afterword by Chip Kidd, who created and designed the cover of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, which became the iconic logo for the franchise.

The book begins with a foreword by Gary Gerani, who happens to have been the co-writer of the film ‘Pumpkinhead’ (directed by the same animatronics legend who brought the dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic Park’ to life: Stan Winston). Before and after that time, he worked for Topps. The ‘Jurassic Park’ cards were all written and edited by him. Before the film was released, he was able to see a myriad of storyboards & fantastic photos of the amazing on-set dinosaurs. Another thing he was privileged to see was the film’s super-secret script; required reading to make the text for all the cards.

Gary goes on to explain how the cards became organized into themed sections and how they gained their appearance & layout. After he selected the images and text, they would be taken to the art department at Topps and turned into their final form.

Speaking of layouts, the main sections of the book feature one side of every card on its own page. Personal commentary is provided by Gary on select cards. He shares his views on certain parts of the film as depicted in the cards and why he made certain choices. Gary clearly had admiration for Stan Winston’s work on the animatronics, likely heightened from his time associated with ‘Pumpkinhead’. It’s always nice to see the animatronics of the film still getting love all these years later.

The first main section of the cards begins with everything from “Series One”: all 88 cards of the original set. This is followed by its 11 sticker cards (which put together would create a cool single picture on the other side), 4 hologram cards, & 4 promo cards. The first series essentially tells the entire story of the film, in a reduced form of course. But it also has cards that focus on certain characters, places, dinosaurs, and some behind the scenes information. There is even a selection of cards that focuses on Crash McCreery’s famous artwork for the film.

From there, we go into everything from “Series Two”, which continues from the first series with card 89 through 154, followed by its 11 sticker cards. This second series was released a few months after the first one and featured a looser approach to conveying the film instead of trying to tell a story. It featured many behind the scenes quotes from people who worked on the film. This series is also the only one that features ILM-produced CGI shots, since Topps did not have access to them until after the first series had to be completed.

The final main section of the book showcases the fantastic 10 art cards that were part of the “Gold Series” (a special gold-embossed version of the cards that was produced after “Series 2”), making for a very showy finish. While the backs of these art cards are for some reason not represented, the artists for each one are all credited with text.

However, that’s not all. The book features an afterward by Chip Kidd, the creator of the ‘Jurassic Park’ novel cover (which later was literally converted into the film’s logo). He details how the cover of the novel came to be, and how he was told to make it be as iconic as the cover for ‘Jaws’. This afterword also includes a note from Michael Crichton that was inscribed to Chip.

The book is about the size of my entire hand, bound in a sturdy hardcover with a thin bubble gum wrapper-style sleeve (which is made to look slightly distressed around the edges). The pages are thick and printed with high-quality vibrant color. The cards represented on each page are about 30% bigger (rough estimate) compared to the actual card size, which is nice to see a bit more detail.

As the cover promises, the book includes four promotional cards, taped to the inside of the back cover in sealed plastic. Luckily, removing the cards from the book did NOT leave any kind of blemish and was easy to do. The four cards are exclusive to this book. Two of the front designs are from actual cards in the series, but the others are new additions. One resembles the cover of the 2011 ‘Jurassic Park’ Blu-ray, while the other features a top view of the retail display box. All four of their backs are the same, but numbered. Overall, this book is even better seeing it in person than it would be as an eBook (in my opinion).

If you remember collecting these cards, or never got to have them, this book offers the perfect way of showcasing them. I must warn you that if you’re like me, you will be overridden with nostalgia. Topps would go on to do cards for the first sequel in the franchise, ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. Thankfully, Gary teases the possibility of more of that story being told. So, keep your fingers crossed that we get a second book!

You can pre-order the book right now so it can come home to you on April 26th! I can’t recommend it enough.

(Note: Some images are from Amazon’s preview of the book.)

Did you collect any of the Topps cards when the film came out? Were you ever able to get a complete set on your own? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and as always return to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

New ‘Jurassic World Cookbook’ & ‘Hungry Dinosaur’ Kids Book Are Coming Soon From Insight Editions!

Insight Editions has two new Jurassic World-related books on the horizon that fans of the franchise will certainly be hungry for!

The first book will salivate anyone who likes to cook up new dinosaurs— I mean food— in their labs! ‘Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook (available on April 19th) has every recipe you need to avert disaster in the kitchen and the park!

“Designed to look like an in-world souvenir sold at the park, this colorful cookbook features approachable at-home recipes for treats and dishes that celebrate the different regions of the iconic park and the miraculous dinosaurs that live there. Cook up some Fossilized Flora Pastry Puffs from the Triceratops territory or enjoy a Raptor’s Claw Scone from the Junior Paleontologist’s Menu. Nosh on some Shrimp à La Isla Nublar, inspired by the Mosasaurus Feeding Show in the Jurassic World Lagoon. And for those whose appetites run to the truly gargantuan, try the King of Steaks, a massive grilled sensation worthy of T. rex herself – be sure to bring your whole appetite for this one!”

I should stress that there are also drinks in this book… alcoholic ones! Hey, scientists need a break too, okay? Especially if you got a date later in the evening. Don’t forget your boardshorts!

The book’s souvenir-like design makes for such a cool item to have on display even when you aren’t cooking up anything more than an Indominus! Apart from the recipes, the book features numerous dinosaur facts, data about the park, and plenty of dinosaurs and other imagery from Jurassic World.

Each of the recipes feature easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous photo representations, and—you know what? Let’s make some grub right now! What could go wrong?

Let’s start with the main course: “The Ultimate Carnivore Burger”!

“Jurassic World is home to some of the most magnificent carnivores on Earth . . . and one of the most magnificent burgers. Named for our majestic meat eaters, our Mediterranean-inspired Ultimate Carnivore’s Burger, served daily throughout T. Rex Kingdom, features not one meat, but three, so guests can enjoy the maximum carnivore experience.”

Every main course needs a sidekick! For that, we have the “Root Vegetable Chips”!

“The baked chips served at Jurassic World are created from root vegetables such as carrots, yams, beets, and turnips. They offer a healthier and more flavorful alternative to fried potato chips and are a popular, energizing snack or side for many park visitors.”

With all this food, we’re going to need a watering hole to quench our thirst. Wait, I did mention alcoholic beverages earlier! No need to push aside a Pachycephalosaurus for the last of the water, now! (They’d headbutt right back, anyway!) There are a number of drinks to choose from in the book, and while this particular recipe is an asset in containment, I made myself a “Jurassic Sunset”!

Overall, it was a delightful dinner worthy of a night at Nublar!

Now, let’s see what’s next! The second new book from Insight Editions (available on May 3rd) is a little one for the little ones called ‘Jurassic World: The Very Hungry Dinosaur’!

“Follow the adventures of Jurassic World’s dinos as they eat their way across the island. The story begins with a very hungry herbivore gleefully chomping on foliage. Soon, the other dinos escape containment and playfully rampage through the park eating all manner of strange things.”

This adorable board book (featuring a bite out of its top right corner by one of the prehistoric miscreants) is a cute way to get the younger set into your favorite franchise without scaring the living daylights out of them (yet). We’ve got to prepare them early! Each page has bright and colorful illustrations depicting Baby Blue-levels of wide-eyed adorableness! The text is also written in a clever way to teach its young audience numbers. They will have to learn them to eventually ask Dr. Wu about “Version 4.4″…

Whether you’re cooking up a feast for a pack of Raptors or trying to entertain your little Compies, Insight Editions has the books for you in this ever-evolving Jurassic World of ours!

Will you be checking out either of these new books? Share your thoughts below and remember to return to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

4-Part Interview With Storyboard Artist David Lowery Unveils New Art & Details From The Making Of The ‘Jurassic’ Films!

Join me on a lengthy and engaging discussion with David Lowery! He was the storyboard artist on the entire ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy and the first ‘Jurassic World’ film. His talents were also part of the productions for ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’, ‘Rango’, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, ‘The Mandalorian’, and many others. Included in the interview are a myriad of David’s storyboards, with some that have never been seen before!

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There are four parts to the interview, with each one focusing on a different film. The first part delves into how it all began with ‘Jurassic Park’! David explains how he got involved with the film, what it was like to shape classic sequences with Steven Spielberg, why certain scenes were cut, and a lot more! Newly-revealed storyboards show Robert Muldoon attempting to tranquilize the Tyrannosaurus Rex after it has escaped from its paddock; a scene inspired by the novel that was never filmed! There is also a drawing featured that was made by Spielberg himself!

In Part Two, David recounts his memories from working on ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. Before the film even began, he first helped Spielberg create a new studio: DreamWorks! From there, his role expanded in the first ‘Jurassic’ sequel, working even closer with Spielberg and storyboarding many sequences, including: the thrilling Stegosaurus meeting, the terrifying trailer attack by the Tyrannosaurs, and the divisive San Diego chase (a bigger climax that was created due to pressure from the success of ‘Independence Day’ the year prior)! For the first time, we also get a look at the full storyboards for the Rex raid on the hunter camp and the raptor attack in the long grass! He also details how the film’s paleontologist advisor, Jack Horner, helped shape the look of a shot involving footprints that was left largely unfilmed!

The third part of the interview touches on ‘Jurassic Park 3’, and what it was like shifting to a different director: Joe Johnston. David remembers what it was like being at the extraordinary indoor jungle sets! He also details the challenges he and the production faced to please eager audiences with the anticipated film. The story went through many changes, with several never-before-seen storyboard sequences featuring a group of kids as they are faced with Isla Sorna’s fierce inhabitants! We also discuss the interesting change of the film’s lead dinosaur from Baryonyx to Spinosaurus; something that was evident in an early logo!

In the final part of the interview, we discuss the early storyboards David did for ‘Jurassic Park 4’, which would eventually become ‘Jurassic World’. Many of the sequences he storyboarded either didn’t make it into the film or were tweaked in various ways after he had left the project. He explains what the original opening of the film was before Colin Trevorrow came on board to direct, and it definitely sounded… interesting! Despite leaving the film during its production hiatus to work for Jon Favreau on Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ remake (leading David to eventually storyboard for the highly-praised ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ show, ‘The Mandalorian’), he was thrilled with how the film, and largely the series as whole, turned out. At the end of the interview, we are treated with a video “animatic” of David Lowery’s “Opening Montage” storyboards from the film, fan-made by Bernard A. Kyer (beginning with footage from the fantastic computer game ‘Jurassic Explorer‘)! It shows a vastly expanded version of what the opening to ‘Jurassic World’ could have been!

I’d like to thank David Lowery for taking the time to reminisce about his experiences working on the ‘Jurassic’ films, and the many fantastic storyboards he created that are truly a work of art!

I hope you enjoy this multi-part interview! After watching it, what were some of your favorite stories David told? Which storyboard sequences captured your imagination the most! Share your thoughts in the comments below, and as always stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

Watch ‘Devil In The Desert’, A New Fan-Film Set After ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’!

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ still hasn’t unveiled a trailer, ‘Camp Cretaceous’ is behind us for now, and apart from some advertisements associated with the Olympics; not much is happening. This will all change very soon, but in the meantime wouldn’t it be nice to watch a short film connected to the story of the movies? No, I don’t mean the fantastic ‘Battle At Big Rock’ from years ago (although you should definitely check that out if you somehow haven’t). Fans have created their own films! One of these fans, Joshua Malone, an aspiring actor and filmmaker, has recently unleashed a brand-new film: ‘Devil In The Desert’!

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Created in association with the Colorado Northwestern Community College and their paleontology program, ‘Devil In The Desert’ is a found footage-style production that takes place after the events of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Filmed on location at a real dig site in Colorado, follow a group of paleontologists as they go about their daily work… until “the devil” slowly begins to reveal itself. Could a dinosaur from Lockwood Manor’s grand escape have made its way to them? If so, who better to handle a dinosaur than a group of dinosaur experts? Or is real-life much more dangerous than its buried ancestors could have foretold?

When asked about what it was like to direct and work with actual paleontologists on the film, Josh said:

“It was interesting because some of us had some previous experience and some didn’t, but everyone was really on board with this. We didn’t have a script, at all. It was just us constantly brainstorming and coming up with scenes on the spot while we were taking breaks or after dinners. Everyone out there loved dinosaurs and enjoys ‘Jurassic’ so we all just were like, “How would we handle running into a Lockwood dinosaur?”, and it went from there. The dig site itself is incredible, and the field program Colorado Northwestern Community College offers is truly unique and an amazing experience.”

‘Devil In The Desert’ is a fun and creepy little film that is sure to delight ‘Jurassic’ fans! Joshua Malone’s recent additional works include Haunted: A Halloween Horror Nights Fan-Film and several voice roles in Rick Carter’s Jurassic Park: An Illustrated Audio Drama.

What other ‘Jurassic’-related fan films have you seen that you love? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and always stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

EMPIRE Reveals New ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Atrociraptor Image & Details!

EMPIRE magazine has the scoop with a new image from ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’!

Director Colin Trevorrow describes the image for us:

“It’s a sequence set in Malta. And the picture speaks for itself – it’s Chris Pratt being chased by an Atrociraptor. And if they catch up, he’s gonna die, I can tell you that.”

With Pratt riding a motorcycle down a weathered stone staircase somewhere in Malta (never a good idea), the image resembles a James Bond movie more than ‘Jurassic Park’. This is now our second real look at dinosaurs in an urban environment for the film (after seeing the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Drive-In, although that sequence may not even appear in the film itself). The dinosaur in this photo is a newcomer to the series: Atrociraptor.

Trevorrow explains what makes the Atrociraptor different from a Velociraptor:

Where the Velociraptor is a little bit more of a stealth hunter, the Atrociraptors are a bit more brutish. […] These things will just come at you. And in this particular case, they’ve picked his scent, and they’re not going to stop until he’s dead. They’re pretty brutal. They’re pretty vicious.”

It’s interesting that he sees these details as the differences. Since ‘Jurassic Park 3’, the Velociraptors of the franchise have changed into more intelligent and stealth hunters compared to the brutish, murderous qualities we saw in ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World’. It sounds like the Atrociraptors are a return to form of the early qualities of the Raptors more than something truly new.

Still, it is exciting to have any new form of dinosaur in the series. The article confirms there will be even more, such as Pyroraptors and Moros intrepidus.

According to EMPIRE, there will be even more revealed about ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ when their December 23rd issue hits, so stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for any future details!

Do you think there’s just No Time To Die for Owen in this image, or is it an atrocity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

First Full Clip From ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 4!

We finally now have our first clip from the upcoming season of ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’!

Titled “Mosasaurus Ocean Chase”, this 4-minute clip picks up not long after we last saw our intrepid campers as they attempt to drive the boat back to the mainland. Somehow, Darius is already in the ocean as a Mosasaurus is heading toward him.

To make matters worse, his leg is caught in a rope and some seaweed (without any context, it is hard to imagine how this happened). Kenji dives in for the rescue as the Mosasaurus continues to swim in their direction. Tensions rise, until finally they both make it back to the boat before being gobbled up by the massive prehistoric reptile.

Unfortunately, the Mosasaur isn’t finished with them. It proceeds to violently thrash itself against the boat, jostling the campers all over the deck.

A body of land is seen not far ahead of them, as the Mosasaur thrusts itself into the air before landing with a crash and a splash against the boat… and the clip fades to black.

This clip was pretty exciting and well-executed for the show and does definitively answer the question as to why they clearly don’t make it to the mainland as intended. While it is a shame we didn’t get a real look at the mysterious new island that they end up on, we are only a week away from the release of the fourth season at this point: December 3rd on Netflix.

Does this clip excite you for the new season, or are you going to just watch the ‘Dominion’ prologue again, instead? Share your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!