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Meet John Rosengrant: The Man Inside the Velociraptor Suit [VIDEO]

Add a little dino magic to your Sunday with this video of visual effects supervisor John Rosengrant—a.k.a. one of the Jurassic Park velociraptors—honing his raptor skills from the suit’s earliest tests to its final version. Yes, there were real people playing the raptors in the kitchen scene. No, it wasn’t CGI. There’s a reason the special effects have aged so well, you know!

(via: io9)

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  • Ashe P. Samuels

    My god! The technique, the craftsmanship! Endless waves of respect emanating their way.

    I think I shivered with awesome when he started walking in the suit, and it bobbed and twitched like a living, breathing, thinking creature. Now THAT’S what I call detail!

    It’s a bit of a shame so many films rely TOO much on CGI. Movies may be churned out with fast food sensibilities, but the blurry, disconnected CG characters and environments and obvious green-screening become exhausting after a point.

  • T Luz

    Well, to be fair, about half of the kitchen sequence was CGI and half was the suits. That’s one of the truly great things about the Jurassic Park movies: they represented an ingenious blend of the two techniques with each complementing the other to the point where even effects-saavy viewers had trouble determining where one method ended and the other began.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I agree; CGI + practical effects is the best of both worlds. From the video it looks like the tail must’ve been CGI, which makes sense.

  • you guys

    Whoa there, hold th f***in’ phone. Nobody’s said it? I have to say it? Fine…

    “Clever girl…”