April 13, 2015

I didn't write. I just wandered about.
Martha Gellhorn

[Dropping Scarlett at Ashley's birthday party]"You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you."
Rhett Butler (Clark Gamle), Gone with the Wind (1939)

"China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."
- Charles De Gaulle

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 24 of 53)
  • Joseph Mazzello did the freezer scene on his birthday. The Raptor was on wheels and had to be pushed, and the claws hit Mazzello on the forehead. He fell to the floor dizzy but was OK. Steven Spielberg had the whole crew sing "Happy Birthday" so Mazzello considered it his birthday present.
  • Jeff Goldblum regretted that he never got to do any scenes with the adult Raptors until the first sequel, although he thought the baby Raptor was more creepy than cute.
  • Laura Dern loved filming the Raptor attack in the tunnels of the maintenance shed.
  • No-one knew what the Raptors sounded like so to get an interesting sound, they recorded a young dolphin on heat recorded underwater; it put him in a certain mood and made a wonderful scream, not at all like a dolphin. When Muldoon was hissed at, that was an agitated goose
  • As well as the Brachiosaurs when Grant and Ellie first arrive on Jurassic Park, the other dinosaurs they see in the distance are Parasaurolophus.
  • Before the book was published, Michael Crichton demanded a non-negotiable fee of $1.5 million as well as a substantial percentage of the gross.
  • The sound of the T-Rex's footsteps were created by cut sequoias crashing to the ground.
  • The Mr DNA film was created by Bob Kurtz. Steven Spielberg wanted one of those creaky instructional animations from school to deliver the exposition about dinosaurs being created to the audience. Kurtz feared Mr DNA was too corny and the audience wouldn't buy the dinosaurs but Spielberg thought it should be a little corny. The Brontosaurus at the end of it is a tribute to Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur but most of it wound up on the cutting room floor. Kurtz created similar sequences in City Slickers (1991) and Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), as well as a singing cereal packet for Minority Report (2002) and a trailer for Casper (1995). Steven Spielberg wanted all the top special effects people in the business to work on the film as the design team, Stan Winston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri. They jumped at the chance.

  • Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

  • The "black box" that houses an airplane's voice recorder is orange so it can be more easily detected amid the debris of a plane crash. The Colgate Company started out making starch, soap, and candles.
  • In 1881, Procter & Gamble's Harley Procter decided that adding the word pure to his Ivory soap would give its sales a necessary shot in the arm.
  • Analysis proved that Ivory was almost 100% pure fatty acids and alkali, the stuff that most soap is made of. Ivory's impurities were limited to 0.56%0.11% uncombined alkali, 0.28% carbonates, and 0.17% mineral matter. Harley marked his soap 99 and 44/100% pure, deciding that using the exact number sounded more credible than rounding up to 100%.

  • These words belong to the same logical family:


    Yogi Berra
    I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.
    Yogi Berra

    "Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise."

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