The casting process was fairly easy; Richard Attenborough was the last to be cast. Directing meant Attenborough hadn't acted since 1979. Attenborough knew Steven Spielberg was the perfect director for the material after reading the novel.
Began principal photography on the island of Kauai in August 1992, two years and one month after pre-production. The lush resort made it an ideal setting but after three weeks filming, Hurricane Iniki came to Kauai, and the crew were asked by the hotel to pack their suitcases, fill their bathtubs in case of a power or water shortage, and to pack a day bag and meet in the hotel ballroom, on the basement level. By 9:00am, the storm hit. Kennedy ensured the movie crew had generators for lights and plenty of food and water. They had to be self-sustaining because they moved around on location all the time. They had to camp out in rows of chaise lounges on the ballroom floor, while the cast and crew heard winds pick up at 4:00pm and rumble by the hotel at nearly 120mph. Kennedy likened it to a freight train roaring past. Iniki struck all the sets leaving no working phones or power on Kauai, so at dawn, Kennedy jogged to the airport to explore their options, where all the windows were blown out in the terminals, and it was full of palms, trees, sand and water. Kennedy hitched a lift to Honolulu on a Salvation Army plane and began organizing from a pay phone. Over 24 hours, she coordinated the safe return of the company and arranged for more than 20,000 pounds of relief supplies transported from Honolulu and Los Angeles into Kauai. After returning to LA, Jurassic Park (1993) resumed production at Universal.
In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Jurassic Park (1993) is listed.
Steven Spielberg made Jurassic Park (1993) concurrently with Schindler's List (1993). |