April 21, 2015

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Tennessee Williams

"That's a lot of woman there. Beautiful, classy, and guts. Hard enough to kill ya and soft enough to change ya."
— Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster), The Professionals (1966)

Americans always try to do the right thing--after they've tried everything else.
--Winston Churchill

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 32 of 53)
  • For the original ending, Stan Winston wanted three-creature shots per day. As it was storyboarded, Grant starts working the controls of the condor and it starts moving; a Raptor emerges from the ducts; Grant moves the condor away but the Raptor leaps towards it and lands on it dangling from it with the crane moving forward towards the dinosaur skeleton's tail breaking it off and a Rex leg; one of the Raptors tries to get into the lift cage so Grant works the controls back and forth, smashing the Raptor into the Rex jaws; some of the buckles come loose; the Raptor smashes into the other skeleton, a Brachiosaur; the Raptor thrashes and Grant tells everyone to hold on; the lift crashes down on the Raptor and it screams; blood runs beneath the condor; Alan, Ellie, (a younger) Lex and Tim watch all this as the Raptor dies; they see the other Raptor attack but (a younger) Hammond shoots it and waves them to the exit, etc.
  • When scouting in Kauai, Steven Spielberg thought the jungle looked like broccoli. He wanted a division between the clearing and the tops of the trees for the first scene with the Brachiosaur. Initially, it was to appear behind some trees but they obstructed it.
  • The T-Rex animatronics formed the legs for the puppet.
  • Gallimimus means "fowl mimic". Although Grant never answers Lex's question, Gallimimus were carnivores, but only went after other dinosaur eggs.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex means "tyrant lizard". The T-Rex was the last massive carnivorous dinosaur.
  • In May, 1990 Universal obtained galleys of Jurassic Park and wanted to purchase it on Steven Spielberg's behalf. Michael Crichton had written the book in two years; of the four major studios bidding on it, Crichton was happiest with Spielberg's involvement, and less than a week later, Spielberg got the job of directing it.
  • Phil Tippett recruited a team to supply more than 50 Go-Motion (a more refined version of stop-motion) shots.

  • Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Some people think that the stage musical Les Miserables runs a bit long, but it's a mere flash in time compared with one of the sentences in the novel on which it is based. Supposedly to make it easy to read, that 3-page, 823-word sentence is divided by 93 commas, 51 semicolons and 4 dashes.
  • By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

  • What is red and blue, and purple and green? No one can reach it, not even the queen?

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

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