Jurassic Park – The Evolution of a Raptor Suit

Many of the effects in Jurassic Park were done the good old fashioned way – with a man in a suit. Watch the evolution of a Raptor going from a crude “garbage bag” version to a fully realized radio controlled monster.

Although Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for JURASSIC PARK, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets and insert legs, some Raptor shots were most efficiently captured with a man in a suit. SWS supervisor John Rosengrant was pegged as the main Raptor suit performer, with SWS concept designer Mark “Crash” McCreery also pitching in when the shot required two raptors.

FITTING A MAN INSIDE A RAPTOR

To determine the suit’s configuration, the Winston team overlaid Raptor drawings on images of Rosengrant in various positions. The crew then did a body cast on him, and sculpted the Raptor form around that cast.?

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