Steven Spielberg wanted the dinosaurs to be birdlike, e.g. snapping to attention like a chicken. He wanted the Raptors to turn their heads so they could look behind them to make them have a scarier appearance. Spielberg likened the Raptor tapping its claw to Morse code to any Raptor listening, and it was such a scary sound.
Steven Spielberg liked the dinosaurs to do things behavioral that had nothing to do with the plot, like stopping to scratch, something he learned on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
The kitchen scene was Ariana Richards' favorite scene; it was filmed in two weeks with Raptors there most of the time, and a man in a suit some of the time. Anyone in a Raptor suit could only do it for up to 15 minutes, because they were bent over in a downhill skiing position which is very physical. The Raptor clicking its toenails was done with a puppeteer walking on Raptor legs.
The original ending had a rib from the T-Rex skeleton skewer one of the Raptors and the jaw drops and kills the other. But it seemed too phony and the crew approached Steven Spielberg to come up with a better ending. They all pitched ideas but Spielberg came up with the finale himself. He needed the T-Rex to be the star at the end.
Both times Lex and Tim are left by an adult, Gennaro when he leaves the car, by Grant at the Visitors Centre, they come under attack from a dinosaur or dinosaurs.
After Malcolm snatches the radio off of Hammond, and gives Ellie directions on how to get to the power box, Jeff Goldblum doesn't get any more dialogue from that point on.
The storm overpowering the park has been read into as the film's theme of trying and failing to control nature.
For the premiere, Steven Spielberg turned out in one of the Jurassic Park tour cars. Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum also attended the premiere.
The dinosaurs were billed as the most accurate ever created on film. |