Jurassic Park Raptor Suit

Check out this awesome never-before-seen test footage of a raptor suit that was used on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The video comes from the Stan Winston School, and shows us the evolution of the suit, from it’s design, to sculpture, to the foam test body, and finally the finished product that ended up on screen. The behind the scenes video comes with the following note:

 [box] Although Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for JURASSIC PARK, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets and insert legs, some Raptor shots were most efficiently captured with a man in a suit. SWS supervisor John Rosengrant was pegged as the main Raptor suit performer, with SWS concept designer Mark “Crash” McCreery also pitching in when the shot required two raptors.[/box]


Rosengrant had this to say in an interview:

[box] That was my first big scene, and as I was getting ready to do it, it occurred to me that it was a big deal. I didn’t have stage fright, really, because I had rehearsed that moment over and over again. I’d practiced so much, I could have done it in my sleep. But suddenly, as I was about to do the scene, I realized that I had to be prepared to do whatever Steven asked of me, not just those specific moves. Fortunately, it all worked out fine. That was my 
big starring moment — my fifteen seconds of fame![/box]

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