JURASSIC PARK: Making Of The Venom-Spitting Dinosaur (Video)
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park will be re-released in 3D April 5th. To help get you in the mood for some pre-historic goodness, Stan Winston School, has put together another amazing behind-the-scenes video that features the making of the animatronic Dilophosaurus.
Mechanical FX Designer Rick Galinson had only been working at the Stan Winston Studio for about a year when he raised his hand and offered to work on the animatronic Dilophosaurus (aka The Spitter). In the video below Rick provides insightful commentary over some amazing never-before-seen footage of the making of The Spitter puppet. That scene can be video below as well.
Anyone that has watched the 1993 film, The Spitter, earns its nickname from a thrilling scene involving the deceitful computer geek, Dennis Nedry, played by Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld). The creature attacks by spitting it's venom, a dark brown tar-like substance, into Nedry's eyes, which blinds him. Revealed in the behind-the-scenes video below, that spit was created out of methacyl and K-Y® Jelly with some food coloring. Also of note, the animatronic puppet actually did spit, using a paintball mechanism.
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Not so fun fact: There is no evidence that Dilophosaurs had venom glands.
Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri from George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. The film follows two dinosaur experts -- Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler Laura Dern) -- as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from pre-historic insects, Hammond has been able to create living dinosaurs for his new Jurassic Park, an immense animal preserve housing real brachiosaurs, dilophosaurs, triceratops, velociraptors, and a Tyrannosaur Rex. Accompanied by cynical scientist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who is obsessed with chaos theory, and Hammond's two grandchildren (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello), they are sent on a tour through Hammond's new resort in computer controlled touring cars. But as a tropical storm hits the island, knocking out the power supply, and an unscrupulous employee (Wayne Knight) sabotages the system so that he can smuggle dinosaur embryos out of the park, the dinosaurs start to rage out of control. Grant then has to bring Hammond's grandchildren back to safety as the group is pursued by the gigantic man-eating beasts.
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