Jurassic World Main Gates (Film Universe)
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The Jurassic World Main Gates were the entrance to Jurassic World on Isla Nublar. They were designed as an updated version of the Jurassic Park Main Gate. They were abandoned along with the rest of the park in 2015 following the Jurassic World Incident. By 2018 they had fallen into a heavy state of disrepair. It is unclear if the gates survived the eruption of Mt. Sibo during the Isla Nublar Crisis.
At sometime prior to the Park's opening, wood was salvaged from the remnants of Jurassic Park and incorporated into Jurassic World's signature entrance.
The Jurassic World Incident
Just like every guest before them, on the day of the Jurassic World Incident, Zach and Gray Mitchell entered Jurassic World through the Main Gates on board the Monorail. The Monorail Announcer announced to the riders that they were approaching the gates and informed them of its origins.
Following the abandonment of the park, the gates fell into a state of disrepair. By 2018 the jungle had begun reclaiming the area and the Monorail Vehicle that had been left beneath them had become partially derailed.
Design and Location
To create the effect seen in the finished film, Industrial Light and Magic brought in specialist studio 32TEN to create a miniature version of the gate that could be combined with location photography from Hawaii.
During the post production process, ILM’s VFX supervisor Tim Alexander came to 32TEN Studios looking for a handful of practical shots to add a layer of reality to the film’s great CG shots.
The most prominent were the gates that welcomed visitors to the prehistoric park Jurassic World. Those gates, which needed to appear massive on screen, were actually “miniature” 19-foot set pieces built at 32TEN under the supervision of model maker Mark Anderson.
While the size of the piece was nothing new for 32TEN model makers, Trevorrow and Alexander wanted to make sure the doors looked exactly as were imagined. “It took a while to get the exact look for the concrete and the aging of the wood,” explains 32TEN Studios Executive Producer Tim Partridge. “But, after a couple of go rounds, we hit it and they looked great.”
Once designed and built, the double doors were mechanized with motion control in order to open at exactly the right time to let the monorail pass through. The gates were set up on the main stage at 32TEN and shot using a motion control system to ensure the effects shots matched the location shots.
The flames for the torches on the gate pillars were shot separately, each with it’s own motion controlled move, for later compositing.
“Colin felt it was important for the gates to be real,” explains ILM’s Alexander. “32TEN did a great job building them.”
For Jurassic World's first teaser, the miniature shot was not yet ready, so a CG shot was created by ILM as a stand in. Whilst it was mostly a complete recreation of 32TEN's miniature, the gate was noticeably taller and featured a third panel on each of the doors. The location of the gate also differed from what was seen in the finished film. Whereas the gate seen in the film is located away from the rest of the park, near the Golf Course, ILM's CG Gate is seen right next to the Jurassic World Lagoon. There was initial criticism of the CG Gate to which Colin Trevorrow was quick to respond to, reassuring that the finished product would be a physical gate.