Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that the upcoming film will feature the most animatronic dinosaurs in the trilogy.
A major complaint with the Jurassic World films is that they have been more reliant on CGI with the dinosaurs. Of course, the Jurassic Park franchise featured both groundbreaking CGI and practical effects. Fallen Kingdom had a bit more practical dinosaurs than Colin Trevorrow’s first Jurassic World film and it sounds like there will be even more with the third film.
During Collider’s “Directors on Directing” Comic-Con@Home panel, Colin Trevorrow revealed that Jurassic World: Dominion will have more animatronics than the previous two films and utilize new technology:
“We’ve actually gone more practical with every Jurassic movie we’ve made since the first one, and we’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two. And the thing that I’ve found, especially in working in the past couple months, is that we finally reached a point where it’s possible to… digital extensions on animatronics will be able to match the texture and the level of fidelity that, on film, an animatronic is going to be able to bring. And you didn’t use to be able to really mix them. You could really see the seams. And so that part of it is very exciting for me.”
Colin Trevorrow also talked more about how the dinosaurs in Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom paved the way for the third film:
“[Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director] J.A. Bayona really, he found the value in creating really photo-real, just beautiful lighting references that could be articulated just slightly. Just a head and a jaw that could move, but painted beautifully, hand-painted. And we do it for all of the dinosaurs now, so when we put it into a space, you can see how the light reacts to the skin. And even if they ultimately do make that a digital animal, there was always something there reacting to the light in that environment … just puppetry in general, just really simple puppetry is proving to be amazing.”
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Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael, Jurassic World: Dominion stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Dichen Lachman. Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 11, 2021, but fans can now re-watch the previous film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, on all home media formats:
Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.