Directors tend to be fairly secretive about how they direct. There’s rumors, of course; Michael Bay screams at crew members, Stanley Kubrick loves doing a million takes, and David Fincher doesn’t allow bathroom breaks. Nevertheless, they’re still rumors and audiences rarely see footage of directors actually directing. Fortunately, this behind the scenes look at Steven Spielberg’s direction on “Jurassic Park” was released, and I love every second of it.
Steven Spielberg is a top 5 director of all time, and “Jurassic Park” is up there with his best films. The monster movie pioneered special effects and “Welcome to Jurassic Park” is still an iconic line. This behind the scenes clip shows Spielberg working with the Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, and Joseph Mazello in a fairly insipid scene. However, it’s still fascinating to watch how Spielberg interacts with his actors. I specifically enjoyed his relationship with Mazello, who plays spunky Tim Murphy in the movie. You forget that child actors are still children, and it’s heartwarming to watch Spielberg take on an almost father-like role with the young Mazello.
It’s interesting that the original “Jurassic Park” is, in my opinion, the only great movie in the series. The new ones with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are decent, but nothing beats the original’s novelty. I would even go as far to say that Speilberg’s 1996 “Jurassic Park” is even better in the special effects department. Sure, the contemporary films use CGI to create the most life-like dinosaurs possible. But there’s something about the original T-Rex breaking through the gate that still frightens and excites the hell out of me.
A biopic about Steven Spielberg’s childhood is in the works. It’ll be interesting to see how much filmmaking plays a role, and what specific events developed the director’s passion for filmmaking. Until then, it’s “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” on repeat.