Clever Girl! The Making Of The Raptor Suit For JURASSIC PARK

If you needed yet another reason why practical effects are better than computer generated ones just look at this behind-the-scenes video of the man inside the velociraptor costume for Steven Spielberg's dino hit, Jurassic Park. Check it out!

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By nailbiter111 - 10/20/2012


I can't tell you how many times I've watched that scene in the kitchen where John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) grandchildren, Alexa (Ariana Richards) and her brother Tim (Joseph Mazzello) are hiding, but I can tell you at no time, ever, did I stop and think that I was watching a man in a dinosaur suit. And that my friends is the magic of Stan Winston Studio.

The main suit performer was John Rosengrant, and concept artist Mark “Crash” McCreery filled in on another suit when a shot required two Raptors. The suit was created by making a body cast of Rosengrant, and then the dinosaur's form was sculpted around that.

For Rosengrant, this was his first major role, he poured everything he could into. He learned to imitate the Raptor's movements by looking at illustrations, and worked with a physical trainer prior to shooting knowing that he would have to be able to hold an uncomfortable position for hours on end. The position, that was a skiing pose, and at times during filming he had to hold it for four hours.


Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for JURASSIC PARK, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets, insert legs and men-in-suits.

This exclusive "Making of" video, narrated by raptor suit performer, 25-year SWS supervisor & co-founder of Legacy Effects, John Rosengrant, walks you through the evolution of JURASSIC PARK's raptor suits, from first foam fabricated "garbage bag test" to the finished suits that you see in the final film.


John Rosengrant - “All of their work can be for nothing if you can’t bring that character to life inside the suit. In the past, there have been times when a character we put a lot of care into was not as good as it could have been because the performance just wasn’t there. That’s why people who do this work are so often driven to perform in the suits themselves. It is a way to maintain some level of control over what you’ve created. Being in those suits is so difficult, is such a pain in the ass, you have to be really motivated to do it. You have to have a vested interest in the character; and no one has more of a vested interest than the people who created it. Performers who aren’t that motivated are going to get fed up with the physical discomfort and the heat and the inability to breathe. They’re likely to say: ‘Get me out of this stupid thing. It’s not working.’ Of course, it could work — you just have to have someone in there who has a higher commitment to making it work.”




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FireStarter - 10/20/2012, 11:27 AM
That is really cool.
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 10/20/2012, 11:35 AM
NO [frick]ING WAY !!
XxComablackxX1937 - 10/20/2012, 11:40 AM
That's really awesome, Jurassic park's effect's still hold up really well today.

In the suit's, animatronic's, an esp CGI... Funny that Jurassic park 3's which came out almost a decade after the Original suck.

Hopefully the 4th installment will return the franchise to it's former glory.
BlazinTexan - 10/20/2012, 11:46 AM
I want this to scare people with lol
BSingerFoxMen - 10/20/2012, 11:51 AM
And this movie STILL has better special effects than most big budget movies today, nearly 2 decades later!
Maia87 - 10/20/2012, 11:59 AM
Man, I miss Stan Winston, Michael Crichton and all the guys who've worked hard on the Jurassic Park trilogy.
superbatspiderman - 10/20/2012, 12:07 PM
Jurassic Park is by far the greatest special effects marvel of all time. Next year it will be 20 years old and its effects still look great today and better than most movies that come out today.
ManofSteel23 - 10/20/2012, 12:24 PM
Yeah I agree with everyone,you watch jurassic park today and you cant fault the specially effects they are still brilliant ,and this suit is amazing,I did wonder how they did this
IronLantern79 - 10/20/2012, 12:38 PM
I always thought they were CGI. This is awesome! Why can't more take risks and do this?

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Bane2099 - 10/20/2012, 12:41 PM
That was awesome, movie magic at its finest, not just all CGI, now imma look at Jurassic park a bit differently now :]
ABLEE337 - 10/20/2012, 12:41 PM
I want the Raptor Suit for Halloween!!!
Tainted87 - 10/20/2012, 1:19 PM
I'm looking at this and comparing to The Amazing Spider-man...

Stan Winston Studios vs 3ality Technia.....

I wonder which one is more expensive. Judging from what I've seen here, practical should be more.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/20/2012, 2:02 PM
holy... that was cool.

I thought the girl was Kirsten Dunst? I mean one of the grand children in the film?
Gary8264 - 10/20/2012, 2:10 PM
That is amazing... I always thought most of the dinos were CGI with some puppet work. But, never even considered there was a guy in a suit.
Makes you appreciate practical effects more. Compare the Thing of the '80's to the thing from last year...
GLprime2814 - 10/20/2012, 3:25 PM
Im making one.
storyteller - 10/20/2012, 6:27 PM
Heres the thing with CGI. Its either not done well or too damn well. People rarely notice all the background cgi. Obviously you notice the thing that's moving in the foreground.
BuckyCap - 10/21/2012, 1:22 AM
I NEVER would have guessed that. Really great find nailbiter.
monstalova - 10/21/2012, 3:23 AM
Nailbiter it was basically half cgi half live action.
Dont make it seem it was all a man in a suit....
riseofloganX36 - 10/21/2012, 10:39 AM
Thats why this is my bible. I always knew it was a guy in the suite. But the suite got better in the third movie cause in the scean with the egg and grant with the rapters i bet none of you can tell witch is the cgi rapters and witch is the suites.

Man i love these movies all of them were amazeing. I miss winston and criton. winston was a amazing monster maker. I want a Jurassic Park 4 so bad, it has to be made to honer Criton and Winston.

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
BmanHall - 10/22/2012, 9:24 AM
The special effects were amazing for its time and still holds up today. You can always tell when the movie was given plenty of care, such as Jurassic Park, Abyss, Terminator 2.

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