Why is the CGI in Jurassic Park so good?
January 4, 2007 4:24 AM Subscribe
Why is the CGI in Jurassic Park so good? Despite being nearly fifteen years old, it's no worse than that in The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and certainly better than the recent Star Wars movies.
posted by caek to media & arts (29 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
While watching Jurassic Park over Christmas it occurred to me that the CGI is very, very good. (I realise that many of the close-up scenes are animatronics, and I'm not talking about those.) Other people I've spoken to seem to agree, so I don't think it's just me being charitable.
I haven't seen much better CGI in a Hollywood film since. Those that are as good (most of The Lord of the Rings, for instance) certainly aren't consistent with fifteen years of technical progress. Many films are much, much worse (Jar Jar, I'm looking at you).
So what was special about Jurassic Park? Did it have a bigger budget? An unusually talented crew? A particularly easy subject (dinosaurs)? Or am I just seeing things here? Is CGI in modern films better than that in Jurassic Park?