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Making Monsters
Top: Park staff
member Owen
Grady (Chris Pratt)
serves as a
behavioral
researcher who
studies a group of
Velociraptors.
Middle: Grady
meets with parkoperations
manager Claire
Dearing (Bryce
Dallas Howard).
Bottom: Director
Colin Trevorrow
discusses a scene
with Pratt and
Howard.

your gear, and then hoof it the rest of
the way. In these environments, film
cameras have the edge - moisture and
electronics are not a good combination!
With a film camera, all you need is a
24-volt battery and a cable, and it can
run.
"You also don't need all the monitors you do in the digital world," the
cinematographer continues. "I happen
to love to look through the viewfinder
and see the actual optics when I'm lighting faces. I don't want to do that off a
monitor; I want to look through the
lens. And Colin could stand next to the
matte box, tuck in with my first AC
[Tucker Korte], and we'd shoot. I told
Colin, 'Standing next to the camera is
one of the great pleasures of being a film
director. You'll spend months and
months looking at the footage on a
monitor, but right now, while it's
happening, come next to the camera
and experience it.' That's the E-ticket
ride, the all-area-laminate position,
right on the non-eyeline side of the
camera. You see the light on the actors'
faces, and you get a sense of intimacy
and trust with the performers instead of
giving direction as a bodiless voice
tucked away in some tent - you're not
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