The latest dinosaur sequel is currently shown at the cinema. It got rather mixed reviews, but at least as far as the effects are concerned, the movie is quite interesting. As in the very first film Jurassic Park (1993), which was groundbreaking in terms of CGI, a lot of work was invested in the most realistic looking dinoraurs. Animatronic models were used again so that the actors could interact with actual dinosaur figures on set. These were controlled by several puppeters via joystick, as can be seen in this clip:
A detailed article about the creation of the dinosaurs -- for which Industrial Light & Magic were again responsible -- can be found on AWN. The animatronic models were therefore mainly used in static situations and then usually edited again in the post office, for example to add respiratory movements. If the animals move a little more, only virtual CGI versions can be seen. A big challenge was to let these different dinosaur representations (real model, CGI-supported hybrid model, purely virtual figure) merge seamlessly into each other. Those who flee from the summer heat to the air-conditioned cinema and should be bored by the plot can at least take a closer look at the dinosaurs as a pastime and try to track down the "real" ones.
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