April 20, 2015

You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
Dr. Seuss

"Never get Freudian on a man holding a pickle."
— Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), "Law & Order" (1990)

"I would like to be able to admire a man’s opinions as I would his dog - without being expected to take it home with me."
Frank A. Clark

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 31 of 53)
  • Gennaro's Hail Mary before being killed was an idea Martin Ferrero stole from The Godfather: Part II (1974). Another idea he had that didn't make it in was he wanted Gennaro to spray the T-Rex's face with pepper spray; you can see it hooked to his belt. Steven Spielberg thought it an interesting idea but said no to it.
  • Dennis Muren doubted a real T-Rex would look like the one in the film. It wouldn't be as aggressive, because when bears fight on their hind legs, they can only do it for 6-7 seconds before collapsing. Dinosaurs that did the same would wear them out.
  • Any CG shots of the T-Rex were done with wire frames at ILM.
  • The T-Rex chasing the Jeep was the most difficult scene to animate. Steve 'Spaz' Williams had to do research because there's no frame of reference for a running animal of that size; it took two months to figure out how to get it to run, for instance. He would run the sequence backwards to see all the mistakes. They were also able to use the computer to add little details to authenticate the scene, e.g. the T-Rex running through puddles of water and leaving splashes, etc. The splashing was filmed individually and then the computer added it to the T-Rex's footsteps.
  • The T-Rex and the car it knocked over were both animated. The scene is shot bare and than the T-Rex and the car were composited in later. It was the same for Gennaro's death. From the rear, its a stand-in, but after the attack its all CGI.
  • The Raptors about to jump on Grant, Ellie, Lex and Tim, were both CGI.

  • A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
    Leo Buscaglia

  • If a person counted at the rate of 100 numbers a minute and kept counting for eight hours a day, five days a week, it would take a little over 4 weeks to count to one million and just over 80 years to reach a billion.
  • February is Black History Month.
  • WHAT CAN TELL ABOUT AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY FROM ITS NUMBER? If it's an odd-number, it's a north-south route. Even-numbered Interstates run east-west. A three-digit number beginning with an even-number is a beltway while a three-digit number beginning with an odd-number is a bypass or spur.

  • When I point up it's bright, but when I point down it's dark.

    Yogi Berra
    I liked George Weiss when he was with the Yankees. He loved the Old Timers' Day. He loved it. And he invited all these people to come, all these players to come.
    Yogi Berra

    “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.”

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