Jurassic World Dominion Malta Market Scene Dino VFX Explained
John Nolan, Jurassic World DominionCreature Effects Supervisor Explains The Visual Effects Behind The Dinosaurs In youa Malta market scene. Jurassic World Dominion is the sixth film of the jurassic park franchise, and is written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow, with Trevorrow also directing. The film follows Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) on a rescue mission to save 14-year-old clone Maisie Lockwood (played by Isabella Sermon) and Beta, the Velociraptor Blue’s baby, after Maisie and Beta’s kidnapping.
Part of the film is set in Malta, whose VFX supervisor for ILM, David Vickery, has previously discussed some of the logistical challenges accompanying filming due to the pandemic, making it impossible for Pratt and Howard to film there. In addition to Owen and Claire being in Malta in the film, there are also several dinosaurs, including a Lystrosaurus, Stygimoloch, and Dimorphodon, running amok in the city. This leads Claire and Owen to embark on a thrilling chase as dinosaurs wreak havoc on the streets of Malta.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Nolan explains how the VFX team brought the dinosaurs of the Malta market scene to life, using up to 30 puppeteers in the same scene. Nolan describes how five to six puppeteers were needed to operate the leg and head movements of the Lystrosaurus, another puppeteer was needed to move the Stygimoloch back and forth, and three puppeteers surrounded the Dimorphodon. One of the main challenges of the scene that Nolan notes is the large number of puppeteers needed to play simultaneously and figuring out how to strategically hide the puppeteers during filming. A full quote from Nolan can be read below:
Well, actually, the scene in Malta was tough, because we had eight different dinosaurs there, we had, like, 30 puppeteers in the same scene. We knew that Colin wanted the camera to go through the market and have multiple dinosaurs on each side, so I don’t know if you know that, and you’ll probably learn that from the DVD, that under the Lystrosaurus you see it quite often on a box, or under the stage where they’re standing, there’s five or six people underneath playing each leg and head and moving them around, we also have people sitting by the monitor with a transmitter controlling facial movements and the eyes. And then with the Stygimoloch, you have someone with their hand on their back, moving it back and forth, almost like they’re giving birth to a calf. Then you have three people around the Dimorphodon that were painted by ILM so it was a real challenge just because of the number of puppets that had to play at the same time and then of course we had to try and hide the puppeteers where we could.
Jurassic World Dominion including puppeteers and practical effects in the Malta market scene is a tribute to the original jurassic park 1993 movie. jurassic parkThe mix of CGI and actual animatronic puppets is one of the reasons the film’s visual effects continue to stand the test of time, even two decades later. Jurassic World Dominion the use of a mixture of puppets and digital effects recalls the revolutionary techniques developed in jurassic parkand is also part of Jurassic World Dominionwhich brings to life original characters from the 1993 film such as Dr. Ellie Sattler (played by Laura Dern), Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), and Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill).
Including puppeteers in the visual effects is no easy task, as it requires precise timing and communication from the puppeteer team as well as the ability of the people behind the puppets to operate in incredibly close quarters. Jurassic World Dominion is one of many recent films, including that of Denis Villeneuve Duneswho mixed practical effects with digital effects to achieve an overall visual spectacle that was more grounded in the world in which the film is set. Not every movie can match the special effects of summer blockbusters like Jurassic World Dominion, but thankfully, the crew was able to pull it off for the Jurassic franchise’s conclusion.