Jurassic Park still holds up. It’s an excellent film that’s still fun to watch, the dinosaurs are still scary as hell, and the visual effects still look spectacular. How is that possible? Even though Jurassic Park changed the way films use visual effects, the restraint it used with its own effects is what has made it stand the test of time.
Kaptain Kristian dives into the visual effects of Jurassic Park and reveals that, of the 14 minutes of dinosaur visual effects, only six were done in CG. That’s only 63 individual visual effects shots. Jurassic World, on the other hand, had over 2,000 visual effects shots.
The trick in making the visual effects sing in Jurassic Park is the set-up. Practical effects were used in the close up shots to make the dinosaurs feel real when the scene eventually cut to a computer-generated shot. It’s a smart way to dose the audience with visual effects, basically.