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Making Monsters

The crew readies a helicopter scene on the island.

the more typical 4,400K for night."
After wrapping in Hawaii, the
crew moved to Louisiana, where they
made use of stage facilities at NASA's
Michoud Assembly Center in New

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Orleans, as well as other locations
including an abandoned Six Flags
theme park, where they transformed
the parking lot into Jurassic World's
Main Street, the site of two major dino-

battles. In the first, Pteranodons with
30' wingspans escape their enclosed
aviary and attack park attendees.
"We used Spidercam for a lot of
that sequence," Schwartzman explains.
"We'd do shots from the Pteranodons'
POV as they swooped down on the park
visitors at about 35 miles per hour,
running from 120 feet in the air and
spanning 1,200 feet of Main Street. It's
a really exciting sequence that we shot in
65mm. The Panavision 65 weighs about
80 pounds, but the Spidercam can
handle that easily. We were equating the
shots to the X-wing fighters racing
down the Death Star trench at the end
of Star Wars, only with dinosaurs instead
of spaceships."
The climactic nighttime battle
against the raging Indominus rex also
happens on Main Street. "That was a
very tough sequence," submits
Schwartzman. "It required incredible
planning, and we previs'd the whole
sequence carefully. At that time [of the


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