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There are three distinct variations of Velociraptor which were cloned by InGen, not counting sexual dimorphism seen within each individual version. However, despite the surface level variations, each sub-species remains relatively similiar in terms of physical attributes. Each species is roughly 6 feet tall…

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Legacy Effects (Stan Winston Studios) Are NOT Involved With Fallen Kingdom

When you think of people who helped craft and influence the Jurassic Park franchise, one of the names that springs to mind is the late Stan Winston. While those who he worked with at his company Stan Winston Studios, formed Legacy Effects after his unfortunate passing, the team remained active within the industry and went on to creative special effects and animatronics for films such as 2012, Avatar, The Hunger Games, Iron Man 2&3, and many more.

The company also continued its relationship with the Jurassic franchise with 2015’s Jurassic World, where the team created a full size Apatosaurus neck animatronic that was seen in a key scene in the film.

Unfortunately only the one animatronic made it into the film, but writer/producer Colin Trevorrow stated to numerous outlets that the sequel, directed by J.A. Bayona, will feature more animatronics in the same way the original three films did. Naturally, fans assumed that Legacy Effects would return in full force and would bring back fan favourites in animatronic form.

However, in December of last year, we began to hear that Legacy Effects were not involved with the sequel, and that Neal Scanlan and his team had put a bid in for the film – and won. Neal’s last project was Star Wars: The Force Awakens which also filmed at Pinewood Studios in London, where all of Fallen Kingdom’s studio work would be filmed.

The prospect of Stan Winston’s original team not being involved with the franchise anymore obviously shocked fans, and while business is business, the exclusion of this company to some perhaps seems illogical, when you consider how prominent and ground breaking the animatronics were in the original trilogy.

In March, a glimmer of hope shone in Legacy’s direction, when a filming permit for Ancient Futures (Fallen Kingdom’s working title) was acquired for Pacoima, Los Angeles. Legacy Effects are very close to that same area, which led some to speculate that they will be involved with the sequel in some capacity.

However, after speaking with Stan Winston School of Character Arts’ co-founder and son of Stan Winston, Matt Winston, he clarified to us that Legacy Effects are not involved with the sequel.

“Unfortunately, I have zero knowledge of JW2 since Legacy was not involved. My fingers are crossed that Neal and his time did a great job.”

With Fallen Kingdom’s production office based in London and with most of the key studio scenes being filmed there, it does make sense for the production to opt for a local animatronic/special effects company, who also have a working relationship with Pinewood Studios. Using a local company also helps to keep costs down, especially when you consider how expensive and time consuming it would be to ship huge and heavy animatronics across the pond.

It is unfortunate to hear that Legacy’s team will not be involved, but we can have faith that Neal Scanlan’s team will do the film justice! The team is working on Star Wars: Episode VIII and previously worked on the last two Star Wars films, Prometheus, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more. What do you make of their work?


8 thoughts on “Legacy Effects (Stan Winston Studios) Are NOT Involved With Fallen Kingdom

  1. I just thinking of this scene in The Force Awakens, when this animal drinking water with Finn. I was like “Wow” never seen a practical so good since a very long time.
    A Monster Calls and The Impossible have amazing effects (Remember Tsunami in The Impossible) So I trust on Bayona and Neal Scanlan’s team.
    My only regret is I think they shot JW2 on Digital… If you can confirm ? A Monster Calls was shot on digital, no many directors return in Film stock after they used digital.

  2. I gotta say I’m excited to see what Scanlan’s team does. I’m in the minority but I found the Apatosaurus in JW unconvincing. It felt choppy and dated, the mechanics were so visible to me that my head added the little mechanical noises automatically. I love Stan Winston Studios and Legacy Effects, but I think Scanlan and his group have them beat when it comes to animatronics now.

    1. I thought I was the only one that felt this way…I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with the Apatosaurus in JW as well, especially because I had high hopes from Legacy Effects…

    2. I was so let down by the animatronic Apatosaurus head in JW, it felt so cheap and laboured and totally clashed with the high standard throughout the rest of the movie. I was shocked that Legacy had built it! No harm giving another crew a shot, they certainly don’t have a very high bar to beat JW’s only animatronic actor. Bryce Dallas Howard. 😂😂😂😂

      Peace out guys. We’re gonna love the movie no matter what and we all know it! 👍

  3. If they did promethazine then I am all for them doing the effects because prometheus has some of the best and most seamless effects I have ever seen in a movie. Same thing with the force awakens.

  4. I too was not convinced by the Apatosaurus in Jurassic World, it looked like something from the Flintsones.
    Scanlon will do an amazing job, his portfolio is incredible.
    I’m actually excited for JW2 now

  5. Thank god, the apatosaur from JW is one of the worst animatronics I’ve ever seen. It’s seriously awful, and I’m so glad Universal didn’t feel some sort of misguided sense of loyalty to Legacy. Stan is rolling in his grave if he knows about that horrid work they did on JW.

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