How Jurassic Park Made Tiny Flesh-Eating Dino Puppets So Scary

There's a lot of CGI deployed in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and you'd be forgiven for assuming that most of the dino-action was cooked up by a computer. Not so the tiny little compsognathus, a carnivorous chicken-like beast that was cooked up with plastic molds and fishing line. » 2/09/14 12:00pm 2/09/14 12:00pm

Small Soldiers Is a Much Better Movie Without the Visual Effects

Remember Small Soldiers? It was a movie where action figures were enhanced with military technology to make them more interactive, but ultimately resulted in them coming to life. Even though it cast both Spinal Tap and actors from The Dirty Dozen as voice talent, the film was remarkably forgettable. To the point where … » 6/18/13 11:16am 6/18/13 11:16am

How Jurassic Park's Fearsome Robo-Rex Got Its Skin

It's one thing to make a giant, robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex. It's another thing entirely to make it look remotely real. Granted, a robo-rex is awesome in its own right, but it's just not quite the flavor of monster fit for a film like Jurassic Park. And so it was practical effects to the rescue yet again with a… » 4/27/13 8:30pm 4/27/13 8:30pm

How Jurassic Park's VFX Wizards Brought One of the Largest Dinos of All …

In shots where they were seen walking, Jurassic Park's resident brachiosaurs were realized with ground-breaking computer animation. But for shots when the film's human characters interacted with them high in the trees, the brachiosaurs were brought to life with complicated animatronics created by Stan Winston Studios. » 3/25/13 10:45am 3/25/13 10:45am

How Jurassic Park's FX Wizards Sculpted a Life-Size T-Rex Out of Clay

Before special effect artists can bring a creation like a T-Rex to life with robotics and animatronics, they first have to build and sculpt a life-size detailed mockup of the creature out of clay. And while it's probably one of the best jobs on earth, seeing the artists at Stan Winston Studios having to hand-carve… » 12/17/12 9:40am 12/17/12 9:40am