It's well known that Jurassic Park revolutionized CGI effects in cinema, but what tends to be forgotten is how much incredible practical work went into creating the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar. The Stan Winston School has been seeking to remind us of it by posting a series of behind the scenes videos narrated by the effects technicians themselves, and they are a must watch for anybody even remotely interested in special effects. Or, well, dinosaurs.
Prior to watching this, I was unaware that there had been raptor suits at all. I'd assumed the dinosaurs were mostly animatronic rigs. The pronated hands and lack of feathers, of course, are enough to make one twitch, but I'd love to run around in one of these costumes myself.
The Tyrannosaurus animatronic is probably the most incredible creature the Stan Winston studio has ever built....
...although the Dilophosaurus isn't any slouch either.
And finally, a little bit of rod-and-puppet work on the ambiguous small theropod that pops up in "The Lost World." I absolutely refuse to call it Procompsognathus.
See more cool special effects videos over at The Stan Winston School. It's worth an hour or two of your time.