Moviefone attended the first night of the “Jurassic Park” 25th anniversary at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. There were Jurassic Park-themed cocktails, a costume contest, and even some stray dinosaurs.
Guests (but not press) got to see the original film on the big screen, plus the first ten minutes of the upcoming “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
“Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow emceed a panel of talent who worked on the first film as they reminisced about the groundbreaking special effects and the then-mind-blowing concept of creating the world’s first CG dinosaurs.
Treverrow revealed: “This is a movie I saw when I was 16 years old. 25 years ago, Steven Spielberg brought Michael Crichton’s book to life. It was something that changed many of our lives. It made a lot of us want to become filmmakers, like me. It made a lot of us want to become paleontologists and scientists. I cannot be more honored to be able to be here tonight. I’m just a deep nerd for this.”
Here are all the cool things we learned from the panel with “Jurassic Park” assistant director John T. Kretchmer, cinematographer Dean Cundey (who also shot “Back to the Future” and “Apollo 13”), and visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren, whose work includes the first “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Terminator 2.”(Left to right: Colin Trevorrow, Dennis Muren, Dean Cundey and John T. Kretchmer)
1. Steven Spielberg didn’t want to stop filming!
Kretchmer shares: “Steven didn’t usually do more than…