“Moments That Changed The Movies: Jurassic Park”

June 17th, 2014 by

Via Indiewire:

With “Safety Not Guaranteed” director Colin Trevorrow currently in the midst of shooting “Jurassic World,” the series’ latest installment that’s set to open next summer, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences have released a nine-minute video which breaks down just how revolutionary the effects in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” were.

Here is the video:

To read the full Indiewire article, go here.

Classic 90s Movie: “Jurassic Park”

May 24th, 2014 by

May is Classic 90s Movie month. Today’s guest post comes from Abdullah AL-Twaijri.

Movie Title: Jurassic Park

Year: 1993

Writers: Michael Crichton (novel), Michael Crichton & David Koepp (screenplay)

Lead Actors: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum

Director: Steven Spielberg.

IMDB Plot Summary: A family struggles to escape a remote island park whose main attractions—genetically restored dinosaurs—have been set loose by a power failure.

Why I Think This Is A Classic 90s Movie: Many reasons. The movie creates a sense of nostalgia, hearkening back to classic boys adventure stories with mysterious new lands and strange creatures, yet also features central female roles. The film is baked with science fiction yet the science is presented in an accessible manner. The unconventional family dynamic – man, woman, and two kids – provides a point of emotional connection. The special effects represented a significant technological advance in terms of what was possible on screen. Then there is the iconic music which creates its own memorable character that contributes to the nostalgic feeling of the film. Finally the what if kind of high concept story is a compelling one.

My Favorite Moment In The Movie: There are many favorite parts, but I’ll pick two. The first is when the egg hatches for the in the lab and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) excitedly examines at it. The excitement on the part of the characters lures in the audience: we want to be in the lab with them. My second favorite moment in the movie when Dr. Grant, Lex ( Ariana Richards), and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) run in the field with two species of dinosaur, then after the chase rest in a tree. What makes this part a favorite is the balance between the tension of the action and thrill of the chase with the relaxed atmosphere on the tree with Tim’s silly jokes.

My Favorite Dialogue In the Movie: Even though the dialogue may not compare to the visual spectacle of the movie, there are still some memorable lines.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.

Lex: I’m a hacker!
Tim: That’s what I said: you’re a nerd.
Lex: I am not a computer nerd. I prefer to be called a hacker!

Key Things You Should Look For When Watching This Movie:

– How the story unfolds from presenting characters to the story structure.

– How the action is driven and the forces that move the plot to the climax.

– The comic relief that balances the tension between the characters.

– Two transitional events: arriving on the island and the dinosaurs running wild.

Thanks, Abdullah! To show our gratitude for your guest post, here’s a dash of creative juju for you. Whoosh!

We already have a set of 80s Movies. This month we cover 90s movies. So thanks to all of you for your participation in this project, creating a resource for writers, movies they should watch to help learn the craft of screenwriting!

Daily Dialogue — September 25, 2013

September 25th, 2013 by

John Hammond: [as they gather around a baby dinosaur hatching from its egg] I’ve been present for the birth of every little creature on this island.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Surely not the ones that are bred in the wild?
Henry Wu: Actually they can’t breed in the wild. Population control is one of our security precautions. There’s no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: How do you know they can’t breed?
Henry Wu: Well, because all the animals in Jurassic Park are female. We’ve engineered them that way.

They take the baby dinosaur out of its egg. A robot arm picks up the shell out of Grant’s hand and puts it back down.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: But again, how do you know they’re all female? Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs’ skirts?
Henry Wu: We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: John, the kind of control you’re attempting simply is… it’s not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh… well, there it is.
John Hammond: [sardonically] There it is.
Henry Wu: You’re implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will… breed?
Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.

Jurassic Park (1993), screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, novel by Michael Crichton

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is science, suggested by plinytheelder_t. Today’s suggestion by Aarthi Ramanathan.

Trivia: The film opened on Friday, June 11, 1993, and broke box office records its first weekend, with $47 million. It eventually went on to make more than $900 million worldwide. David Koepp remembers the day it opened: “I was in New York and I walked to the Ziegfeld [Theatre] to see how it was doing. The guy comes out and announces to the big line, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the 7 o’clock show of Jurassic Park is sold out.’ And people go, ‘Oooh.’ And he goes, ‘Also the 10 o’clock show is sold out.’ And they went, ‘Ooooooh.’ ‘And also Saturday night’s 7 and 10 o’clock shows are also sold out.’ And I was like, ‘I’m not an expert, but I think this is very good.'”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Ian Malcolm is my favorite character in the JP series and I love the whole chaos theory angle… in part because that’s the way writing is. We can break a story, work it all out, but then characters come to life and start trampling all over our well-laid plans. That’s the sort of chaos a writer should pray for because then you’ve got something real and alive!

“Jurassic Park” recreated in Minecraft

April 9th, 2013 by

HT to @FranklinLeonard for tweeting this:

Question: How do people have this much free time in their lives to do something like this? Not knocking them, just amazed: (1) That they have this amount of time. (2) That they would choose to use their free time doing this. (3) That they came up with such an amazing recreation.

Dr. Malcolm ‘drunk’ in “Jurassic Park”

December 29th, 2012 by

This is really dumb… and really funny!

Daily Dialogue — July 7, 2012

July 7th, 2012 by

“Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend.”

— Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Jurassic Park (1993), screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on a novel by Michael Crichton

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is gallows humor suggested by churnage.

Trivia: The original idea for Jurassic Park, came from Michael Crichton’s attempt in 1983 to write a screenplay about a Pterodactyl being cloned from an egg. The screenplay and movie never came to fruition. Originally, Crichton’s novel was rejected by his “people”, a group of about 5 or 6 personal acquaintances who always read his drafts before he sends them off. After several rejections, Crichton finally figured out what was wrong: he had originally intended for the story to be through the eyes of a child who was at the park when the dinosaurs escaped, which his peers felt was too ridiculous, and could not identify with the character. Michael Crichton re-wrote the story as it is today, and it became a huge hit. (The story also incorporates the “amusement park run amok” element of Michael Crichton’s Westworld.)

Dialogue On Dialogue: It’s always great to have a character who cracks wise, even in desperate situations. And that is often a function provided by a Trickster character such as Malcolm.

8 minutes of rare on set footage from “Jurassic Park”

April 15th, 2012 by

From /Film:

/Film reader Bob M sent over a video I’ve never seen before — almost 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the set of Jurassic Park. Most of the footage is taken outside of the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center and the first moments when the characters arrive on the island.

Here is the footage.