The art of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The striking visual design of the Jurassic World sequel evolved from the films' expansive mythology. Click through to see the exclusive concept paintings from Fallen Kingdom featured in Entertainment Weekly's The Ultimate Guide to Jurassic Park. Get the special edition today!
The heat is on
Bunkers are supposed to be safe, but this one becomes a death trap for Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin (Justice Smith) when they find themselves being chased by molten lava and a ferocious baryonyx. "One of the first things I did was have ILM test [dinosaurs] through the space that we built in 3-D as a model," production designer Andy Nicholson says. "Because there's no point in having a small room if, after three steps, the big dinosaur’s already run out the other side of the room."
Separated from their group, Claire and Franklin go underground in order to access the abandoned system's computers and fulfill a crucial task. "We came up with the idea that it would be nice if underneath the park there were a series of [interconnecting] service tunnels and bunkers," Nicholson says. Trouble lurks, of course. "The high-pitched scream that Justice did, he had to do that for a whole day," Nicholson adds. "The whole crew just broke out laughing."
Straight from your imagination
"Two dinosaurs fighting with a volcano exploding behind them, just like you've all seen in storybooks." That was almost the verbatim description of this scene in the film’s first treatment. "This was definitely a moment that was never, ever in question of not being in the movie," Nicholson says. The erupting volcano became a crucial influence on every island scene. "When we were shooting, the first question [director J.A. Bayona] would ask is, 'Okay, so where's the volcano now?' We thought the audience would always be able to recalibrate themselves from where the volcano is. You have to see it."
A convoy of heavy-duty trucks cuts through a valley that has been reclaimed by nature and dinosaurs. "It was a great chance to explore what the architecture would look like — and not just show beautiful dinosaurs in herds but to show you what happens if there are carnivores present as well," Nicholson says. "The natural circle of life was great to show." As for the trampled gyrospheres, which raise the question of their onetime occupants, Nicholson says, "We toyed for a while whether there'd be any people among the skeletons, but we decided to just keep it about the dinosaurs."
Constructing the park's destroyed Main Street was a unique challenge for the team. The Louisiana-based set had been dismantled after Jurassic World, so everything had to be rebuilt in Hawaii — then properly "aged" and turned into rubble. "A lot of the very same prop makers re-created it," set designer Stella Vaccaro says, "and then they got to destroy it."
This isn't the Museum of Natural History but the private collection of Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), John Hammond's former InGen partner who has his own fascination with dinosaurs. Not only are there assembled skeletons, but Lockwood has stuffed dinosaurs as well. "J.A. chose a whole series of dinosaurs that you haven't seen in the movie before — in any of the franchises before — and put them into dioramas and gave them each a little story," Nicholson adds, before teasing, "This room is quite important in the film — quite a lot of things happen in there."
When Owen (Chris Pratt) reunites with Blue, he discovers that his favorite raptor has built a nest on a familiar Jurassic site, under the giant tree where Dr. Grant and the children narrowly dodged their wrecked Ford Explorer after the first close encounter with the T. rex. "It was a thought that Colin Trevorrow had for the last movie instead of the [scene in] the original visitors center," Nicholson says. "We wanted to bring it into this movie. We needed a moment where Blue meets Owen, and it's nice to be able to do fan memories like this."