While the film's tagline may officially state that the "park is closed," Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is stampeding into theaters this weekend regardless. Who needs a park when you have an island? Or, as evidenced by Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, who needs a park when you have San Diego?
The fifth installment in the unfathomably successful dino franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer (its predecessor, Jurassic World, was the second highest grossing film of 2015). The marketing has been in hyperdrive for a while now—when Doritos announces Jurassic World potato chips, you know audience anticipation is high—and the wait is finally over.
With this new installment arrives a new director: J.A. Bayona, known for both VFX-driven spectacles (When a Monster Calls and The Impossible) and intimate creepfests (The Orphanage, the filmmaker's debut feature shot in his home country of Spain). In our video playlist below, take a look at how Bayona brought the latest Jurassic Park mega-movie to life, thanks in no small part to the boundless creativity of his plentiful production team.
If you're looking for some pretty raw, unedited BTS footage, the below video provides just that. It's always interesting (and rarely fully understood) how a director speaks with his actors on set, and it's fun to see Bayona get so animated when illustrating how an actor should react to (presumably) an explosion that's Earth-shaking full effect will be added in post.
If you wish to go into the film completely cold, however, be careful, as there are a few slight spoilers apparent.
On-set with the team of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Last year throughout filming, lead actor Chris Pratt made a number of short, informal videos to create a production diary of sorts. While it's more lighthearted than educational, there are a few moments of footage that accentuates the enormity of the production, several of which we're highlighting below.
As it's always difficult for each member of a giant crew to get their earned moment in the spotlight, we're grateful for what these offer.
Jody Whiltshire, Production Assistant
Kelly Krieg, Assistant Script Supervisor
Dean Bailey, Crane Operator
BTS of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
And last but not least, if you're wondering how these Jurassic Park productions have grown in scope and technology over the years, sit back and watch the extensive BTS video below from the set of The Lost World, taken all the way back in 1996.
Marking the second collaboration between Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, the second entry in the franchise was nowhere near as highly regarded as the first, but this BTS footage more than makes up for whatever faults the final cut may have possessed.
Will you be seeing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this weekend? Do you think the franchise run its course (the third Jurassic World installment is already slated for 2021)? Let us know in the comments below.