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Making The Lost World Jurassic Park


Making TLW

The Lost World Jurassic Park was a natural continuation of the franchise. In the early 90s, there was much to be learned about just how the film would achieve all the action sequences desired. Audiences were becoming more sophisticated and expected realism in film. A dinosaur movie of this magnitude had never been done before. The decision to blend animatronic creatures with computer generated creatures proved very successful. After mastering the technology in the first film, the production team was allowed to fine tune their tools and strive to push the boundaries they encountered in the first film. Michael Crichton never intended to write a sequel but he made an exception with The Lost World. The film went in a slightly different direction than the novel, but still incorporated large plot points in a way similar to the first movie. The first film was in a theme park setting and set out to awe the audience with the wonder of living dinosaurs. The Lost World Jurassic Park takes on a much darker atmosphere and provides a moodier feel. Everything from making the sets dirtier to a more mysterious soundtrack, once again scored by John Williams, sets the stage for the feeling of a 'lost world.'

Many of those that worked very closely with Jurassic Park returned to produce the sequel. One of the main goals was to bring audiences an exciting new story will plenty of frightening scenes that would live up to the elevated expectations. Many new animals were introduced along with the old favorites. Now that the animals were breeding, we witness the variations between males and females and their offspring. The film introduces two Tyrannosaurus adults and a juvenile, reflecting on the craft of Stan Winston Studios. There are numerous physical props that blend seamlessly with the CGI creations. Everything from the tiny Compsognathus to the gigantic Mamenchisaurus look very polished and lifelike. The evolution of the technology and the increasing vision of the team produced an exhilarating film. While taking the franchise in a new direction, there was no desire to abandon the concepts championed in the original. The dinosaurs are free and thriving when free of human interference and the plot of exploitation verses conservation offers a new conflict. The Lost World Jurassic Park was released in theaters on May 23, 1997 and was very successful.