Dr Alan Grant is based on famous paleontologist Jack Horner.
Steven Spielberg changed the climax weeks before the end of the shoot. He felt the audience would hate him if the T-Rex doesn't make one final heroic appearance, since he considered the T-Rex the star of the movie, hence the Raptor/T-Rex fight. The original climax involved the Raptors being killed by the T-Rex skeleton in the Visitors Centre. The new climax was completely computer animated unlike the first T-Rex attack. First, they enacted it, and then added in the effects. It was the last scene to be filmed.
According to Daan Sandee (Thinking Machines Corp), the CM-5 super computer used in the control room was one of only two ever built to that size (1024 nodes). The other machine was at Los Alamos. The machine used in the movie was sold as smaller segments after the scenes were complete. Mirrors were used to make it seem like more CM-5's were present.
Principal photography finished 12 days ahead of schedule and on budget.
CAME(Excision): Jeff Abel, better know as Canadian dubstep producer Excision, has a small cameo appearance.
A Triceratops did indeed live in the jungle. The name means "three-horned face". The DVD implies it had no protection from 20th Century plants which could poison it.
Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy began recruiting the design team in the Summer of 1990. They wanted the freedom to create a reality where their imaginations were unrestricted in Hawaii, on soundstages or through CGI.
Steven Spielberg needed miniature photography for any wide angle or full length dinosaur shots.
Production moved to Red Rock Canyon State Park, chosen for its similarities to a Montana dinosaur dig where Sam Neill and Laura Dern filmed they're first scene; they were coached by Jack Horner, the premier paleontologist and curator of paleontology at Bozeman, Montana's museum of the Rockies.
The film visits four places within the first 13 minutes. After that the film stays on Isla Nublar. |